Name: Laura Evans
Job title: Senior Wellbeing4u Co-ordinator
Organisation: Wellbeing4U – United Welsh
Please summarise your role responsibilities
I jointly line manage the Wellbeing4u team, responsible for facilitating reflective practice, team meetings, collating reports, case management, 121 supervisions and promoting the wellbeing of the co-ordinators. I attend practice and cluster meetings to promote social prescribing and facilitate courses with patients. I am responsible for the training of the team.
What is your most significant accomplishment in your role?
I am most proud of developing reflective practice and training of the team and encouraging staff to be self compassionate and taking care of their own wellbeing. This has had a significant impact in staff recovering and preventing burnout and also impacts the conversations that the co-ordinators have with patients.
What is the biggest challenge you are currently facing?
My biggest challenge currently is encouraging GPs to not only refer to us for social prescribing but also to value the impact that health and wellbeing coaching can have in increasing patient’s wellbeing and for us to be viewed as a partner in health.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Social Prescribing Link Workers and/or Social Prescribing Programmes?
Being self compassionate and managing your own wellbeing is key to being successful in the role. The role can be isolating and complex and it can take time to gain “buy in” from GPs and practice staff. Don’t be disheartened if resistance is experienced, keep at it, and share case studies in practice meetings which can outline to GPs how social prescribing can impact patients.
What do you do for fun when not working?
I spend time with my family and friends, walking my two dogs and playing with my 20 month old grandson who is the light of my life! I love holistic therapies, spa days and yoga and teach mindfulness courses in the community.
How does National Association of Link Workers add value to Social Prescribing and Link Workers?
National Association of Link Workers adds value to Social Prescribing by providing employers with a code of practice, guidance around employing link workers and a framework with which to align themselves by when considering good practice. NALW provides link workers with training and a supportive community of link workers who can be drawn upon for peer support which is vital to success in the role.
Laura is National Association of Link Workers point of contact in Wales providing localised leadership and support to Link Workers.