Christiana Melam Awarded MBE in the King’s New Year Honours 2024 for Services to Social Prescribing.
In a distinguished recognition of her unwavering commitment to social prescribing, Christiana Melam, Founder and Chief Executive of the National Association of Link Workers (NALW), has been awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the King’s New Year Honours.
Expressing her gratitude for the prestigious accolade, Christiana Melam remarked,
“Embarking on 2024 with such an honour is incredibly exciting. I am truly humbled to be acknowledged in the New Year Honours. The founding principle of the National Association of Link Workers mirrors my conviction in the transformative effect of community organising, and social prescribing serves as a validation of this belief. Healthcare transformation can only flourish through enabling and empowering individuals and communities to take control of their lives and situations. I believe that our flourishing relies on others flourishing and it is possible to redefine your destiny”.
Melam continued, “I extend heartfelt appreciation to our dedicated members, team, partners, supporters, and people of goodwill for their support. Together, we possess the ability to script a new chapter of well-being, collaborating with social prescribing link workers to confront the rising tide of illnesses, mental health deterioration, and redefine the essence of good health and prosperity.”
About the National Association of Link Workers (NALW)
The National Association of Link Workers (NALW) is a self-governing professional and representative 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 to other professional occupational groups.
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 voice 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.
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