The Lambeth GP Food Co-op video has launched a video highlighting the patient experience of working together to grow food. We were awarded a ‘Celebrating Participation
Food as medicine is a hot topic at the moment and the College of Medicine are exploring new thinking on whether we should eliminate or reduce meat from our diet, how to prepare healthy food and bringing together a forum of farmers, food producers and retailers.
Lambeth GP Food Co-op have been invited to present our thoughts and experiences developing a community of ‘patients who grow food for patients.’
The Conference is on Thursday 14th September at the Royal Society of Medicine. The Health and Care Innovation Expo 2017 programme has a complete list of speakers and the topics that will be covered.
The conference is expected to sell out but if you want further information check the College of Medicine website.
Lambeth GP Food Co-op have been invited to share our thoughts and experience of creating a community-led health co-operative at the NHS Expo 2017 on Monday 11th September 2017.
The Expo will focus on actions across the NHS, local government and social care, to transform and modernise the NHS in line with the ‘Next steps on the Five Year Forward View’.
See you in Manchester!
The British Medical Association (BMA) has organised ‘Gardens and Health in the City’, a series of lectures and discussions as part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival on Thursday 25th May. The event will be held in the BMA’s lovely garden in Tavistock Square.
Simon Ghartey, one of the founder members of the Lambeth GP Food Co-op will be presenting his work as the Director of Progress.
On Saturday 17th June as part of the ‘Open Garden Squares Weekend’ the BMA are holding interactive exhibits and presenting onsite experts.
We are delighted to announce that the Lambeth GP Food Co-op has been chosen as one of the local community organisations that the BMA are showcasing in the BMA garden.
We will have a stall at both events:
From 3pm to 7pm on Thursday 25th May
From 10am to 4pm on Saturday 17th June
Click the links to the BMA leaflets below for more information about the events:
Following last month’s launch at the Grantham Practice and Beckett House Surgery in Stockwell; spring planting begins.
Lambeth Councillor for Health and Wellbeing Sonia Winifred launching the Lambeth GP Food Co-op in Stockwell.
Our latest site is a partnership with Grantham and Beckett House surgeries and Hyde Housing Association.
The food growing garden was launched on March 23rd as our contribution to National NHS Sustainability Day.
Dr Vikesh Sharma welcoming colleagues from across the borough and from gardening projects in other parts of South London to the launch in Stockwell on a very cold March day!
Simon Ghartey, Director of Progress is a founder member of Lambeth GP Food Co-op and here describes his work along with Ruben in building gardens for GP surgeries.
Patients have been finding that working on an allotment can be good for their well-being and it’s hoped that the food produced could find its way onto hospital menus.
But these allotments are a co-operative effort made up of patients, doctors, nurses and Lambeth residents.
A food co-operative set up by a GP surgery is helping patients to grow food in Lambeth, one of London’s most deprived boroughs.
Set up in 2013, the Lambeth GP Food Co-op includes patients, doctors, nurses and local residents who created a network of food-growing NHS gardens.
The Lambeth GP Food Co-op video has launched a video highlighting the patient experience of working together to grow food.
We were awarded a ‘Celebrating Participation in Healthcare’ community grant by NHS England which has enabled us to make a professional video. Only 15 grants were made available nationally from over 100 bids received across the country.
NHS England are working with the Lambeth GP Food Co-op to promote the video which will raise our regional and national profile.
Recipient of NHS England’s Celebrating Participation in Healthcare grant, 2016.
It’s been a busy summer for the Lambeth GP Food Co-op. The food growing sites including the latest site in Stockwell are blossoming and like all good gardeners, we’re already planning for autumn.
Our August Newsletter has details about the next monthly stall selling produce from the food growing sites at King’s College Hospital on Thursday 31st August and we’ve been invited to present our work at the College of Medicine: Food. The future Medicine conference on 14 September 2017.
We’re also preparing to present our experience of creating a community-led health co-operative at another prestigious event (watch this space!)
As well as contributions from postgraduate student interns Pauline and Kiu and the thoughts of John Worth, a member of the Board of Directors; Dr Shuo Zhang introduces herself as a new member of the Lambeth GP Food Co-op and an investor.
We had a productive meeting on Friday 3rd March to discuss next steps in creating an NHS vertical farm.
Thank you to Mark Horler, the Operations Manager, Association for Vertical Farming UK for an insightful and stimulating presentation.
The third meeting to build on discussions and draft a proposal to create an NHS Vertical Farm will be in late April.