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Nurjahan Ali Arobi

Nurjahan Ali Arobi

National Lead for Older People and Social Prescribing, National Academy for Social Prescribing

Nurjahan has 20 years’ experience of working in the NHS and has worked in Bradford and for NHS England. In Bradford she ran the Health Trainer and Social Prescribing Service. Prior to this she worked for Bradford Council and the voluntary and community sector.

Nurjahan has worked across all age ranges. Her skills and experiences range from community development, self-care and prevention, patient activation and supported self-management, psycho-social support, VCFSE and charities partnership working, co-design and co-production, volunteering, recruiting people with lived experience, equality, diversity and inclusion and workforce improvement. Examples of her work in Bradford include leading Bookstart, Walking for Health and the older people’s volunteering programme Champions Show the Way. In NHS England, Nurjahan assessed and supported CCGs improve their working with people and communities on commissioning decisions, established NHS Cadets and helped increase the number and diversity of Healthcare Support Workers across England.

At the National Academy of Social Prescribing, Nurjahan is focused on older people. Her role involves contributing to a better understanding of social prescribing by promoting awareness of the evidence and adoption of activities, practices and services that best enable improved quality of life for older people. Nurjahan oversees the delivery of two commissioned projects and the provision of training for link workers in relation to social prescribing for older people experiencing financial hardship.

Nurjahan holds an MSc in Public Health / Health Promotion from Leeds Met University and an MSc in Health Policy from Imperial College London.

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