3rd UK Annual Social Prescribing Link Worker Day, October 8, 2021

Theme: The Creative Disruptors Reducing Inequalities & Powering Up Integrated Care

Summary: The 3rd UK Annual Social Prescribing Link Worker Day will take place October 8, 2021 to celebrate and showcase Social Prescribing Link Workers’ impact and role in creatively disrupting inequalities and powering up integrated care. Activities marking the day will kick off with a virtual #LinkWorkerDay2021Awards ceremony on 7th October to recognise all those who have made outstanding contributions. A virtual conference will take place on #LinkWorkerDay2021 8th October.

Whilst 2020 and 2021 have been overshadowed by the pandemic, the response to COVID-19 has highlighted the valuable role Social Prescribing Link Workers have played in creatively disrupting inequalities and powering up integrated care.

The aim of the virtual conference is to celebrate and showcase the role of Social Prescribing Link Workers and to increase professionalism. The conference will provide an opportunity to discover new updates, share best practices, network with colleagues and industry leaders. This important conference will be attended by Social Prescribing Link Workers (SPLWs), Social Prescribing programmes, Community, Health and Social Care industry leaders and influencers, Primary Care Networks, GPs, Clinical Directors, Managers from across sectors in the United Kingdom as well as international delegates.

SPLWs have become an integral part of the NHS workforce. Evidence shows that the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities are largely dictated by a range of environmental and socio-economic factors. These factors are largely responsible for inequalities. These unfair disadvantages have an impact on the overall healthcare system.

SPLWs not only serve as the missing link between Community, Health and Social Care but also serve as creative disruptors, who challenge existing models of care to reduce inequalities and enable patients and communities to take control of their health and wellbeing. This disruptive and innovative approach helps reduce pressure on overstretched health services and plays a pivotal role in integrated care.

About National Association of Link Workers
National Association of Link Workers is an independent grassroots social innovation for Social Prescribing Link Workers. The only UK Social Prescribing Link Worker professional membership body which increases professionalism, resilience and reduces isolation.

Notes to the editor:
Social Prescribing Link Workers have become an integral part of the NHS workforce facilitating the move to a social model of health and enabling integrated care approach to achieve the healthcare reform agenda.

Please visit the #LinkWorkerDay2021 website for further details

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