Social Prescribing Link Workers (SPLWs) are a key part of the multidisciplinary team within primary care networks (PCN).
SPLWs can provide more time and focus on ‘what matters to me’ and take a holistic approach to an individual’s health and wellbeing and empower them to take back control.
By developing supportive relationships with local diverse VCSE organisations, culturally appropriate community groups and statutory services etc. they are able to make timely, appropriate and supported referrals for individuals who may need to be connected to these groups and services for practical and emotional support. In particular, but not only, people with long term conditions, people who are lonely or isolated, or have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.
Referrals to SPLWs can be made from a wide range of agencies, including pharmacies, wider multi-disciplinary teams, hospital discharge teams, allied health professionals, fire service, police, job centres, social care services, housing associations, and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations.
If you are a SPLW or Social Prescribing Manager, here you will find a wide range of information, resources and support available to you.
Useful resources for Social Prescribing Link Workers
Social Prescribing Link Worker – Welcome and Induction Pack
PCN social prescribing reference guide and Technical annex