Professional body for link workers

The Only Exclusive Platform for Social Prescribing Link Worker and Support

Join the only exclusive and largest UK Social Prescribing Link Worker professional body to enhance professionalism, reduce isolation, maximise impact and gain complete peace of mind

Features NALW Member Non-Member

Adheres to code of practice

Professional Learning Programme

Access to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Earns minimum 20 CPD points per year

Access to promotional opportunities

Able to influence

Collective voice

Has membership logo

Can become peer mentor/champion

Has access to UK peer network

Single Point Of Access

We serve to be your pain relievers by offering an exclusive access to the most relevant tools and support to maximise your impact. When you sign up to our membership, you immediately gain access to the following features:

Independent Collective Voice

We represent our members’ opinions on relevant matters to lobby for improvements and serve as the link to other organisations.

Who We Work With

Our Impact In Numbers

We are a steadily growing network and have supported so many link workers, managers, and organisations with our services. Majority of our members found being a member of the National Association of Link Workers beneficial and vital

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Clinical Supervision sessions
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Peer mentoring sessions

What Members Say

We are your single point of access that saves you from wasting time, reduce risk and burdens to link working.


A Social Prescribing Link Worker uses strength-based approaches to increase people’s confidence to take control of their health and wellbeing. They work in partnership with people, actively listening to understand what matters to them from a holistic perspective (social and wider determinants of health), co-creating action plans and goals to meet their needs. This means they need to gain and maintain people’s trust and confidence.

Social Prescribing Link Workers come from a variety of backgrounds; community, peer support, volunteering, wellbeing, public health, advocacy, health and social care. The skills and experience required to fulfil the role should be informed by the local challenges addressed through social prescribing and the outcomes desired. In addition to skills, knowledge and personal attributes highlighted in the link worker report and code of practice for high quality social prescribing practice, the social prescribing link worker needs to be approachable, patient and trustworthy.

The term ‘Link Worker’ is an umbrella term we use to describe those in this role. Social Prescribing programmes use a variety of names to describe link workers based on local decisions and use the terms community, navigator, link worker, social prescriber and social prescribing most. Our preferred job title is Social Prescribing Link Worker (SPLW) or Social Prescriber.

It is only recently that a dedicated person is in this type of role. Prior to this there was often crossover from the helping professions that work in the community, health and social care delivering some aspects or light touches of the role. The role is broader than a single profession, it cuts across many, hence its uniqueness. This is not about role substitution but about Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) working to deliver seamless holistic service. Check our case studies page for further understanding of the role.

The Health Care and Associated Professions (Indemnity Arrangements) Order 2014 mandates all healthcare professionals to have relevant indemnity insurance. The scope of indemnity covered would determine if social prescribers need professional indemnity insurance. We strongly recommend organisations communicate the scope of cover to social prescribers.

CNSGP has some information

GMPI Wales 

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