Yoga on Prescription in the NHS

One doctor's surgery prescribing yoga obtains 'outstanding' by the quality care commission.

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You may remember Dr. Matt Joslin, a Manchester-based GP, writing at the beginning of the year all over a GP’s prescription pad to encourage people to make yoga part of their life in 2016. His emphatic plea went viral and Dr. Joslin came to speak at the evening we organised at the House of Commons in London on Monday 27th July 2016 with the Parliamentary group on Traditional Indian Sciences, to discuss yoga’s integration into the UK healthcare system.

We have truly wonderful news to share with you! The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found the quality of care provided by The Doc’s Surgery, (where Dr. Joslin works) in Manchester to be Outstanding following an inspection in June this year. This is a real achievement by the practice and a fantastic resource for the people of Manchester City centre to have on their doorstep. Yoga was one of the elements they praised. The Deputy Inspector explained, “One scheme started by a GP partner called ‘yoga on prescription’ was particularly inventive, and showed a real commitment to help patients take control of their own health. Yoga sessions were prescribed to help support the high number of patients who suffered from illnesses like anxiety, depression, low mood and generalised pain...This is a great example of what outstanding care looks like.”

Well done Dr. Matt Joslin and your team for all your hard work and dedication to bringing yoga into the NHS. We continue to dream of the day when all doctors will take out their prescription pads and write yoga as the recommended treatment for a wide range of physical and psychological ailments.

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS