Validating the Role of Social Prescribing Link Workers in Pandemic Conditions

Validating the Role of Social Prescribing Link Workers in Pandemic Conditions

Social prescribing aims to support people to stay healthy in ways which go beyond pills and medical procedures through better connections within their local communities. It works by referring people to a local Social Prescribing Link Worker, who then helps identify new opportunities for that individual, such as walking-football, walking clubs, dance classes, choirs and other local support services.

“Social prescribing, also sometimes known as community referral, is a means of enabling health professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. The referrals generally, but not exclusively, come from professionals working in primary care settings, for example, GPs or practice nurses”

The Kings Fund

In this recent blog by Christiana Melam, CEO of the National Association of Link Workers there are signs that Social Prescribing Link Workers have had a positive impact during the pandemic. The blog describes the increasing engagement from GPs and nurses as they turn to this resource to support their patients’ welfare needs. Christiana describes Social Prescribing Link Workers as the glue between health, social and community services.

As we adjust to the new normal, there is an increasing need to build patient and community capabilities and resilience to take control of their mental and social wellbeing. Together for Health asks whether now is the time to seize the opportunity of social prescribing across health and social care.

Read the full blog here and find out more about:

  • What Social Prescribing Link Workers do
  • How Social Prescribing Link Workers are supporting Covid-19 response efforts
  • Mainstreaming Social Prescribing as an alternate care model

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