University of Salford Conference Team hosted the largest Academic Conference the University has ever held

The University of Salford Conference Team hosted the 3rd International Social Prescribing Network Conference: 'Social prescribing & community - beyond the pandemic'.

It was the largest academic conference the University has ever held with over 1000 delegates from all over the world and had key speakers at the event including Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham and Dr Kate Mulligan, Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. There was even a message from HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles.

A wide range of topics were covered, such as, 'How does social prescribing support the housing sector and the homeless' and 'Culture Arts and Health in social prescribing'.

The conference was delivered online, on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 March and was designed to provide well organised, informative sessions with a range of speakers as well as learning and networking opportunities for all involved in social prescribing.

Vicky Beckett, Conference Coordinator said: “We were delighted and proud to event manage and host this prestigious conference at Salford. It was originally intended to be held ‘in person’ with an anticipated audience of 400. When we were forced to move online we feared that numbers would drop but we ended up with over 1000 delegates! We used a Conference Management platform to deliver the event and, with excellent support from colleagues in Digital IT, the whole thing went seamlessly: amazingly no gremlins! Whilst we are keen to get back to organising face-to-face conferences, we are confident that we have the tools and support to deliver online events to colleagues across the University.”