Prescribing learning

A guide to good practice in learning and health

By Kathryn James

(There will be a workshop on this research at the NAEGA Conference)

The work that links learning and health exists in a kind of 'no-man's land', being on the margins of healthcare provision and on the margins of educational provision. Yet, by its very nature, it reaches out to some of the most marginalized and excluded members of our society, those who have the double disadvantage of being at the wrong end of the learning divide and the health divide.

This guide provides an overview of some of the good practice in 'learning and health' at a crucial time in its development and argues that it needs to be on the agenda of policy makers in both education and health.

The guide looks at the various models and approaches that have been taken by learning and health providers in order to widen participation in learning and reduce social exclusion. Throughout the text there are examples of good practice and case studies underpinned by the voice of the learner. The guide touches on how provision has been set up and the issues and difficulties that providers have faced, as well as the creative solutions to difficulties.

The guide concludes with a look to the future and at the issues that must be resolved if this important area of work is to develop.

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