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BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN Boxing clever: How one grassroots organisation is helping everyone from cancer patients to those struggling with prescribed drug dependency
BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN Boxing clever: How one grassroots organisation is helping everyone from cancer patients to those struggling with prescribed drug dependency

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN Boxing clever: How one grassroots organisation is helping everyone from cancer patients to those struggling with prescribed drug dependency

The combined power of community and sport to improve people’s health and well-being is increasingly being hailed as an effective way of releasing pressure on the NHS – and a grassroots organisation in England’s north east is offering up a…

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: How the South West’s pain cafes are helping chronic pain sufferers – without drugs
BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: How the South West’s pain cafes are helping chronic pain sufferers – without drugs

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: How the South West’s pain cafes are helping chronic pain sufferers – without drugs

Our latest Beyond Pills Campaign article looks at how an initiative in the South West is helping chronic pain sufferers find respite using a range of different strategies… Instead of reaching for a bottle of painkillers, chronic pain sufferers in…

Walk yourself happy: How nature helped TV presenter Julia Bradbury’s recovery from cancer
Walk yourself happy: How nature helped TV presenter Julia Bradbury’s recovery from cancer

Walk yourself happy: How nature helped TV presenter Julia Bradbury’s recovery from cancer

Getting outside, into nature offers so much for the mind, body and soul – it can boost your immune system, lift your spirits and speed up your recovery. It’s not a new phenomenon – the healing power of nature has…

Dr Michael Dixon discusses Beyond Pills Campaign on UK Health Radio
Dr Michael Dixon discusses Beyond Pills Campaign on UK Health Radio

Dr Michael Dixon discusses Beyond Pills Campaign on UK Health Radio

More than a year on since The College of Medicine launched our Beyond Pills Campaign, we’re shouting louder than ever about the need for intervention on over-prescribing in the NHS. Earlier this month, our Chair, Dr Michael Dixon joined UK…

Behind the blue label on your can of sardines: Can you really eat fish that is truly sustainable?
Behind the blue label on your can of sardines: Can you really eat fish that is truly sustainable?

Behind the blue label on your can of sardines: Can you really eat fish that is truly sustainable?

Overfishing the earth’s waters for food can make our pursuit of a healthy, Omega 3-rich diet feel less appetising – but there are ways to ensure what goes on your plate is sustainably sourced. Here, Ishbel Matheson of the Marine…

A Social Prescribing success story: Burnley’s Fresh Food Initiative helps people access locally-grown organic food – and teaches them how to cook it
A Social Prescribing success story: Burnley’s Fresh Food Initiative helps people access locally-grown organic food – and teaches them how to cook it

A Social Prescribing success story: Burnley’s Fresh Food Initiative helps people access locally-grown organic food – and teaches them how to cook it

The Green Dreams Project CIC in Padiham, near Burnley, started back in 2009 when College of Medicine Council member Dr James Fleming decided not to pursue a PHD in favour of using his free time and energy to make a…

Chair’s newsletter: What’s ahead for The College of Medicine?
Chair’s newsletter: What’s ahead for The College of Medicine?

Chair’s newsletter: What’s ahead for The College of Medicine?

Dr Michael Dixon, The College of Medicine Chair, reveals a busy summer calendar in his latest address… “Our cold spring is struggling to get to summer but we can look forward to warmer days with the Coronation of our Patron,…

WATCH: A College of Medicine Young Fellow, Hamaad Khan, addresses students on Social Prescribing for the future
WATCH: A College of Medicine Young Fellow, Hamaad Khan, addresses students on Social Prescribing for the future

WATCH: A College of Medicine Young Fellow, Hamaad Khan, addresses students on Social Prescribing for the future

One of The College of Medicine’s Young Fellows, Hamaad Khan, delivered a powerful speech to students on Social Prescribing Day 2023, which took place on March 9th, about how Social Prescribing is vital to the future success of the NHS.…

Beyond Pills Campaign: “GP surgeries should operate like ‘mini hospitals’ to save money and time”, says Professor Sir Sam Everington
Beyond Pills Campaign: “GP surgeries should operate like ‘mini hospitals’ to save money and time”, says Professor Sir Sam Everington

Beyond Pills Campaign: “GP surgeries should operate like ‘mini hospitals’ to save money and time”, says Professor Sir Sam Everington

GP surgeries in the UK should evolve to be more like ‘mini hospitals’ to help the whole NHS system run more effectively, The College of Medicine’s Vice President, Professor Sir Sam Everington, has said. Speaking to the Sunday Express, Sir…

Beyond Pills Campaign: From helping with finances to finding local activities, a former nurse turned link worker reveals how her role is making a difference to one London community
Beyond Pills Campaign: From helping with finances to finding local activities, a former nurse turned link worker reveals how her role is making a difference to one London community

Beyond Pills Campaign: From helping with finances to finding local activities, a former nurse turned link worker reveals how her role is making a difference to one London community

Sarah Stacey meets Gay Palmer, a Social Prescriber Link Worker Team Lead in South Southwark, who explains how her work successfully went online during the pandemic – and how the power of community can help transform individual lives… Until autumn…

Blog post: ‘Healthy communities can be created if we invest in places, homes and people, as the Bromley by Bow Centre proves’
Blog post: ‘Healthy communities can be created if we invest in places, homes and people, as the Bromley by Bow Centre proves’

Blog post: ‘Healthy communities can be created if we invest in places, homes and people, as the Bromley by Bow Centre proves’

In this fascinating read, Listentolocals.co.uk blogger Clare Delmar recounts her recent visit to the Bromley by Bow Centre in Tower Hamlets, London, where The College of Medicine’s Vice President, Sir Sam Everington, works as a general practitioner. The health centre…

Beyond Pills Campaign: How music can be a vital tool for dementia patients and their carers over the festive period
Beyond Pills Campaign: How music can be a vital tool for dementia patients and their carers over the festive period

Beyond Pills Campaign: How music can be a vital tool for dementia patients and their carers over the festive period

In April this year, Music for Dementia and UK Music released the Power of Music report, which examined how music can help communities come together, potentially easing isolation and loneliness, and also exploring the impact melody can have on dementia…

Beyond Pills Campaign: Could you Share a Meal this winter to help others?
Beyond Pills Campaign: Could you Share a Meal this winter to help others?

Beyond Pills Campaign: Could you Share a Meal this winter to help others?

With inflation at its highest level in the last 40 years, interest rates looking set to continue to rise until the summer at least and energy prices significantly higher than in recent years, the UK is bracing for a stark…

‘Doctors should acknowledge the power of The Placebo Effect and use it to benefit patients’, NHS pharmacist writes in ‘important’ new book
‘Doctors should acknowledge the power of The Placebo Effect and use it to benefit patients’, NHS pharmacist writes in ‘important’ new book

‘Doctors should acknowledge the power of The Placebo Effect and use it to benefit patients’, NHS pharmacist writes in ‘important’ new book

Beyond Pills Campaigner Sarah Stacey speaks to NHS pharmacist Ranjeev Sidhu about his new book, Our Secret Super Power, which looks at how the placebo effect can be used as a practical tool for everyday life. The College of Medicine’s…

Beyond Pills Campaign: The community hubs – with walk-in health checks and funded by local businesses – that are helping a Cornish region
Beyond Pills Campaign: The community hubs – with walk-in health checks and funded by local businesses – that are helping a Cornish region

Beyond Pills Campaign: The community hubs – with walk-in health checks and funded by local businesses – that are helping a Cornish region

Community psychologist Kevin Feaviour is Director of the Imagine If… Social Prescribing Team in North Cornwall. The team supports the development of Community Connect Cornwall, an innovative approach to social prescribing and community development. The aim? To reduce isolation, improve…

Beyond Pills Campaign: Dr David Unwin on beating diabetes with diet – and how his own Merseyside practice has saved £68,000 a year on drugs
Beyond Pills Campaign: Dr David Unwin on beating diabetes with diet – and how his own Merseyside practice has saved £68,000 a year on drugs

Beyond Pills Campaign: Dr David Unwin on beating diabetes with diet – and how his own Merseyside practice has saved £68,000 a year on drugs

A decade ago, Dr David Unwin, a GP ambassador for our Beyond Pills Campaign, discovered the potential of reversing Type 2 diabetes through following a low carb diet. Last month, his practice in Norwood, Merseyside celebrated its 120th case of…

Is an ‘unusual coalition’ between vegans and farmers the only way to achieve sustainable food – and better health?
Is an ‘unusual coalition’ between vegans and farmers the only way to achieve sustainable food – and better health?

Is an ‘unusual coalition’ between vegans and farmers the only way to achieve sustainable food – and better health?

Vegans and farmers can find common ground and work together to achieve better health, the founder of the Sustainable Food Trust has told The College of Medicine. Speaking in an exclusive interview at the Food on Prescription Conference in London…

“Left bedbound by mental illness, my health was transformed by social prescribing…” Debs Teale on why she’s backing our Beyond Pills campaign
“Left bedbound by mental illness, my health was transformed by social prescribing…” Debs Teale on why she’s backing our Beyond Pills campaign

“Left bedbound by mental illness, my health was transformed by social prescribing…” Debs Teale on why she’s backing our Beyond Pills campaign

Debs Teale, Trustee for The National Centre for Creative Health and steering committee member for the Social Prescribing Network, is an advocate of creativity in health following her own remarkable journey. Debs has gone from being heavily medicated, bedbound, and…

Introducing the pilot edition of our new e-magazine, featuring an interview with The Doctor’s Kitchen founder Dr Rupy Aujla
Introducing the pilot edition of our new e-magazine, featuring an interview with The Doctor’s Kitchen founder Dr Rupy Aujla

Introducing the pilot edition of our new e-magazine, featuring an interview with The Doctor’s Kitchen founder Dr Rupy Aujla

The College of Medicine is delighted to announce that we’ve launched the pilot edition of our new e-magazine, focusing on the upcoming Food on Prescription Conference… Our first issue contains everything you need to know about the conference, which takes place…

Member feedback: What you told us about our Thought Field Therapy masterclass
Member feedback: What you told us about our Thought Field Therapy masterclass

Member feedback: What you told us about our Thought Field Therapy masterclass

In March, The College of Medicine offered an online Thought Field Therapy & Dynamic Energy Masterclass, hosted by clinical therapist, life coach, & trainer Janet Thomson. WHAT IS THOUGHT FIELD THERAPY? Thought Field Therapy is described as an “energy medicine”…

The lockdown class that’s still going strong! Retired NHS physio reveals how her daily online exercise sessions see fans join from across Europe
The lockdown class that’s still going strong! Retired NHS physio reveals how her daily online exercise sessions see fans join from across Europe

The lockdown class that’s still going strong! Retired NHS physio reveals how her daily online exercise sessions see fans join from across Europe

A former NHS physio and College of Medicine Trustee and Council member who decided to give free online exercise classes in March 2020 to help people struggling to keep fit during the strictest Covid lockdown has revealed how her classes…

The College of Medicine reflects on the year that was – and looks ahead to an ‘ambitious’ 2022
The College of Medicine reflects on the year that was – and looks ahead to an ‘ambitious’ 2022

The College of Medicine reflects on the year that was – and looks ahead to an ‘ambitious’ 2022

The College of Medicine’s Chair, Dr Michael Dixon, has reflected on a ‘positive’ year in his seasonal address to members, saying that despite the challenges the pandemic has continued to bring in 2021, there is hope for an ambitious and…