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New funding and support programme for London’s Social Prescribing Innovators

  • Healthy London Partnership is launching a new pilot programme to support London’s Social Prescribing Link Workers to improve the delivery of social prescribing services in primary care.
  • Successful applicants will receive up to £10,000 in grant funding and six months of dedicated support to tackle a challenge they face through the delivery of a specific social prescribing project.
  • Applications opened on 22 June 2022 and closed on 20 July 2022 – 12 projects across London have been successful and will make up the first cohort of SP Innovators.

Twelve projects from across London will make up the first cohort of Healthy London Partnership’s new Social Prescribing Innovators Programme, which was set up in the Summer to support SP services to tackle some of the biggest health inequalities challenges Londoners face.

The successful applicants, as judged by some of London’s most expert social prescribing professionals, academics, and clinicians, will be supported to deliver a specific project targeting a particular implementation issue, for six months from October 2022. This will include QI training, coaching and support, as well as up to £10,000 in grant funding for each project.

Dr Jagan John, Clinical Director for Personalised Care in London, and Chair of the North East London Clinical Commissioning Group says the programme will unleash powerful ideas from London’s vibrant social prescribing workforce to help overcome some of the implementation challenges of expanding delivery into London’s primary care networks.

“Social prescribing link workers, when based as part of the multi-disciplinary team in primary care networks, can really tackle the health inequalities many Londoners face. Yet time and again we hear how difficult it is to recruit and retain people with the right skills, set up hubs in the right locations, or link to appropriate services in communities outside the health service. This programme will give talented individuals and teams the opportunity to have the support they need to test out new ideas for making sure we can rollout social prescribing right across London, taking a holistic approach to even more people’s health and wellbeing while easing the pressure on the NHS.”

The results of the pilot programme will be shared in March next year. The innovative solutions developed by those who take part in the programme will be shared with all those interested in mainstreaming social prescribing across London’s primary care services and beyond.

To find out more, including a programme brochure and information about the projects teams, visit our Personalised Care project page.

New Care Coordinators Pack

This presentation shares the most important information and resources for new Social Prescribing Link Workers, including:

  • Top tips for new CCs
  • A range of materials to help you in your job
  • Contacts to your local champions and the London team

Care Coordinators and Managers

If you are a Care Coordinator or Care Coordinator Manager, we have a wide range of information, resources and support available to you.

Care Coordinators and Managers’ pages

Current projects

Our Personalised Care Team deliver a number of projects, often developed with a range of stakeholders of the social prescribing system across London, as a result of insights into challenges from those working on the frontline.  All aim to support the long-term, sustainable development of Social Prescribing, and the embedding of the three personalised care roles in London’s health system.   

Jump to project:

  1. Social Prescribing Innovators Programme launched September 2022
  2. London Social Prescribing Map
  3. London Social Prescribing Advocates Programme
  4. Community Chests for Social Prescribing
  5. Social Welfare Legal Advice and Social Prescribing

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Next steps

12 successful projects from across London will make up the first cohort of SP Innovators!

    • Thank you to everyone who applied and to those who have expressed an interest in the programme.
    • The successful applicants will receive six months QI training, coaching and support, as well as a share of £120,000 in funding to find innovative solutions for using Social Prescribing to improve people’s health and wellbeing, whilst reducing pressure on the NHS.
    • The programme will run through to March 2023, with progress shared along the way. The final results will be made available across London and nationally.

Read more information about the programme and projects:

Application workshop on 7 July – watch the recording or view slides here:

London Social Prescribing Map

  • The opportunity: There is value in understanding how others are approaching the delivery of social prescribing across London, and crucial for an active network to have a facility to connect with each other.
  • The solution: Transformation Partners in Health and Care (TPHC) will create, host and manage an online tool, in the form of a map, publishing local service models sharing how social prescribing is being delivered across London, as well as key SP contacts to enable a more active network and organic good practice sharing across London.

London Social Prescribing Advocates Programme   

  • The opportunity:  Social Prescribing is relatively new to most parts of the NHS, and as investment grows year on year, so does the workforce, the system designed to embed and develop SP as well as the maturity of the work.  SPLWs bring with them a rich breadth of skills and experience, and it is crucial there are facilities to ensure they are shaping this investment, development and support to ensure social prescribing is meaningful and thrives, and their insights are valued and heard.   
  • The solution: A community of SPLWs, that meet once a month to develop their skills as advocates of social prescribing and have an opportunity to shape pan London work related to the development and support of social prescribing. 

Community Chests for Social Prescribing 

Community chests are accessible and local funding pots for the voluntary and community sector to support local activities. They’re rooted in a collaborative, needs-led approach to funding that taps into the strengths and insights of a wide range of partners from across the local community.

Read more about our community chest model here.


  • The challenge: With finite investment in social welfare legal advice provision, there is a huge disparity in numbers of people needing support and receiving it.  Many PCNs operating in areas of particular deprivation, see the opportunity to upskill SPLWs in this arena of great value to the patients they are supporting. 
  • The solution:  As part of it’s Recovery Programme, the GLA are funding TPHC and Bromley by Bow to deliver social welfare legal advice training for SPLWs across London, a series of events connecting SPLWs to pan London organisations and Robust Safety Net projects (also GLA funded) that can support their work with patients. There will also be funding and support for 5 sites to host a hybrid SWLA/ SPLW role.