Letter to NHS England Chief Workforce, Training and Education Officer: Enquiry on Regulation of Social Prescribing Link Workers

Dear NHS England Chief Workforce, Training and Education Officer,

Re: Enquiry on Regulation of Social Prescribing Link Workers

I am reaching out on behalf of the National Association of Link Workers (NALW) regarding the regulation of social prescribing link workers (SPLWs).

We are eager to enquire about the progress made since the 2021 NHS England consultation on establishing a professional register for Social Prescribing Link Workers (SPLWs), health and wellbeing coaches, and care coordinators. NHS England did not publish a formal consultation response. NALW is committed to supporting the regulation of SPLWs. Here is our consultation response report with over 70% supporting regulation.

Today, a GP Online article shed light on the challenges arising from the absence of SPLW regulation. We would appreciate the opportunity to meet to further discuss and collaborate on this important matter and other matters arising. You can access the article here.

Thank you for your attention to this crucial issue, and we look forward to the possibility of working together to ensure the success of social prescribing link workers.

Yours sincerely,
Christiana Melam MBE
Chief Executive

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Considering the compelling evidence and the pressing need to ensure the integrity, safety, and sustainability of social prescribing practices (high turnover in some areas is a result of the absence of regulation, which should enable adequate support and equal opportunities), we urgently appeal to the government to take decisive steps towards the regulation of SPLWs. The time to act is now.

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