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  • Date and time: Wednesday 6 December 2023, 9.30am to 4pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Main Hall Priory Street Centre 15 Priory Street York YO1 6ET
  • Audience: Open to staff, students (postgraduate researchers only)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

This is a collaborative event between Humber NHS Teaching Foundation Trust, Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Teaching Foundation Trust, the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI) and the Institute for Mental Health Research (IMRY) at the University of York. The event is open to those involved in or wanting to become involved in clinical and academic research.

The regions of Yorkshire and the North-East are well known for their national parks, breathtaking coastline and areas of outstanding natural beauty. They are hugely diverse regions with large urban centres with underserved communities and significant health inequalities.

There is a wealth of evidence to indicate accessing nature and the outdoors can have a wide range of health and wellbeing benefits. This event is a celebration of current research activity linking health with green/blue space and a chance to inspire future collaborations.

If you'd like to attend the event, please email to register your interest. 


09:30 -10:00 Registration, tea and coffee

10:00 - 10:10 Opening of event: Brent Killmurray, CEO Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust, TEWV and Dr Hannah Armitt, Senior Clinical Research Psychologist, Humber Teaching NHS foundation Trust

Theme: Green Interventions

10:10 - 10:30 Dr Hannah Armitt, Senior Clinical Research Psychologist, Humber Teaching NHS foundation Trust and Ellen Kingsley, Research Fellow, COMIC team, Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust: Coproduction of a nature based intervention for children with ADHD study (CONIFAS)

10.30 - 10:50 Dr Zoe Moula, Lecturer in Mental Health, King's College London: Artscaping: Connecting children with nature through the arts

10:50 - 11:10 Prof Bernadka Dubicka, Professor of child and adolescent psychiatry, Chair of child and adolescent psychiatry and consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust: Leadership and the eco-crisis

11:10 - 11:30 Break: networking and refreshments

Theme: People, place and space

11:30 - 11:50 Dr Rachel Turnbull,Programme Lead, Healthy Happy Places / Mental Health, Academic Health Science Network for North East & North Cumbria (AHSN NENC): Biophilic design – the evidence for nature inspired environments and why the design of spaces and places matter

11:50 - 12:10 Dr Stephanie Wilkie, Associate Professor in Environmental Psychology, University of Sunderland: Rethinking Healthy Places: Combining environment & person-centred approaches to enhance health and wellbeing

12:10 - 12:30 Dr Amanda Seims, Senior Research Fellow, Born in Bradford, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sonia Fayyaz, Community Engagement Manager, Bradford Institute for Health Research – Born in Bradford: Making Space for Adolescent Girls in Bradford – Evaluation of a Co-Designed Place-Based Approach to Green Space Development

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

Theme: Engaging communities

13:30 - 13:50 Dr Charlotte Dean, Director Rewilding Youth: Place-Based Pedagogy: Outdoor education for a changing world

13:50 - 14:10 Raphaela Berding, Institute for Social Justice Project Manager and Researcher, York St John University and Prof Divine Charura, Professor of Counselling Psychology; Programme Director - Doctorate of Counselling Psychology, York St Johns University: The Impact of Green Social Prescribing: working with community groups to evaluate green activity programmes & setting up a community allotment with sanctuary seekers

14:10 - 14:30 Prof Viv Burr Emerita, Professor of Critical Psychology, University of Huddersfield and Prof Nigel King, Emeritus Professor in Applied Psychology, and Freelance Qualitative Research Consultant: Facilitators of nature engagement in underrepresented groups

14:30 - 14:50 Break: networking and refreshments

Theme: Growing community resource and access to green space

14:50 - 15:10 Mikel Subiza-Perez, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Born in Bradford, Bradford Institute for Health Research: Residential green spaces and mental health in Bradford, a look from environmental epidemiology

15:10 - 15:30 Esther Carter, PhD Researcher, University of Hull: Team GB Family Activity Trails: Piloting a green exercise project in East Yorkshire for improving wellbeing and outdoor physical activity engagement

15:30 - 15:50 Prof Pete Coventry, Professor of Environment and Health, The University of York and Patricia Darcy, Research Associate, The University of York: Humber and North Yorkshire Green Social Prescribing Programme Cohort Evaluation

15:50 - 16:00 Closing remarks and thanks, Prof Lina Gega, Institute for Mental Health Research at York (IMRY), University of York

Green for Health Event Report

Green for Health Event Report, image shows a wood and river with a fox and a tent on the banks

Read the Green for Health Event Report


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