NALW Committees


Our committees advise on the activities of the Association.

Research Committee

The Research Committee (RC) is a standing committee of the NALW whose purpose is to develop, inform and monitor our research strategy, setting our research priorities, overseeing our research procedures, policies and plans, and approving and reviewing research projects in keeping with the strategic aims of the organisation.

To develop high-quality, robust and relevant research into issues related to and impacting social prescribing link workers, the research committee will:

  • approve and review research projects with regards to engagement with NALW members
  • set research priorities
  • ensure that NALW has appropriate procedures for addressing ethical, integrity and governance issues raised by the research of members.
  • support and monitor equality and diversity strategies in all relevant areas of the committee’s business.


Professional Practice & Development Committee 

The Professional Practice and Development (PPD) committee is a standing committee of the NALW whose purpose is to develop resources, including setting up education standards, accreditation framework, enhancing our code of practice and CPD process and develop other required materials to serve as a resource to SPLWs as well as help meet national health priorities.

The committee members include representatives from professional bodies, NHS, Public Health, workforce development experts, social prescribing manager, and social prescribing link worker


The PPD committee will provide strategic guidance and support to enable NALW to refine and create resources necessary to aid in supporting the professional development of our members. Specifically, in the coming weeks, NALW will be developing education standards, entry routes, and career progression for SPLWs. This work will also include a review and revamping of the current code of practice and CPD policy and process.