Professional Body for Social Prescribing Link Workers
The National Association of Link Workers (NALW) is a self-governing professional body, representing the pinnacle of excellence for Social Prescribing Link Workers. Operating independently, our membership reflects the dedication of social prescribing link workers in providing high-quality services to patients and communities.
As the bedrock of the profession, whilst not a regulator, we spearhead standards, and advocate for the pivotal role of social prescribing link workers in healthcare. Serving as the guiding force for social prescribing link workers and a crucial link other professional occupational group.
Our commitment is unwavering in ensuring safety and promoting evidence-based practices within the field. Through providing invaluable insights and intelligence, we advocate for improvements in both policy and practice related to social prescribing. NALW serves as a unifying and professional identity for social prescribing link workers.
We produce social impact activities to deliver our cause and social mission. As a social enterprise, our strengths lie in our memberships.
We are members of Professional Associations Research Network (PARN). This confirms our commitment to good practice and better serve our members. The Professional Association Research Network (PARN) is a not-for-profit membership organisation for professional bodies, offering expertise, experience, and perspective on key issues in the sector.
As part of our membership, we have access to a range of resources, research, and a network of professional bodies (regulatory and non-regulatory) to learn and share with each other.
Resilient and capable Social Prescribing Link Workers achieving improved quality of life for themselves and the communities they serve.
Social mission Statement
To promote the role and value of Social Prescribing Link Workers, support and develop them to improve quality of life for themselves, their clients/patients, and communities.
Social Prescribing Link Workers are recognised as essential to delivering holistic care in any health & care system. NALW is recognised as crucial to the success of Social Prescribing Link Workers
To deliver our social mission and vision, our approach will be guided by our 5 values.
We are committed to meeting the needs of link workers now and in the future.
We listen to what matters to link workers and co-produce solutions.
We respect people, value diversity and inclusion and are committed to equality.
We are committed to a culture of openness and collaboration to maximise social impact.
We strive to preserve the professional integrity and quality of the link worker profession.
Promote link worker professional standards and practice
Unite the voices of link workers
Increase link worker connectedness
Build link worker capability and resilience