DCMS turns its focus to social prescribing
The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport acknowledged in his recent speech at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry that that 'culture plays a big part in making us healthier and happier people', as well as its contributions to the economy, and announced that the DCMS 'is working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care, and NHS England, to support greater use of social prescribing, in particular to address loneliness and help people with their mental health.' Mr Wright went on to say that he looked forward to social prescribing 'becoming a mainstream part of NHS delivery, with 60 per cent of Clinical Commissioning Groups currently supporting the delivery of social prescribing projects' - although no funding was specifically committed to arts and cultural providers supporting social prescribing.
Jeremy Wright's Value of Culture speech was given at the Belgrade Theatre in advance of Coventry's year as the UK's city of culture in two years' time.
Read the full speech