Whole Person Health Conference - Thursday 29th June 2023

Integrative & Personalised Medicine


Beyond Pills Campaign - is over medicalisation over? Moving towards a less medicalised model of healthcare.

16 Jun 2022
The Whittle

In September 2021, the UK Government published a report on the findings of the Former Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England, Dr Keith Ridge, on over-prescribing in England.  The report found that 10 per cent of prescription items dispensed through primary care are either inappropriate for patients’ needs or that they ‘could be better served with alternative treatments’.  The College of Medicine, Beyond Pills initiative, is at the forefront of this movement for change and is a campaign to: reduce unnecessary drug prescribing; expand social prescribing; benefit patients' health; support patient empowerment and save money.

Dame Stokes-LampardKeith RidgeStephen  DorrellSir Norman LambLord Nigel CrispDr Bogdan Chiva Giurca

Debs Teale




Professor Dame Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges a GP Principal and Chair of the National Academy for Social Prescribing
Dr Keith Ridge, Former Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at NHS England
Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Secretary of State for Health, 1995-1997; Chair of the Health Affairs Select Committee, 2010-2014; Chair of the NHS Confederation 2015-2019
Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support, 2012-2015; Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, 2017-2019
Lord Crisp, Former Chief Executive of NHS England & Co-Chair APPG on Global Health
Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca, Royal Surrey County Hospital and College of Medicine Council member; founder NHS Social Prescribing Champion Scheme
Debs Teale, An advocate of creativity in health following her own remarkable journey

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