NALW Responds to Conservative Party Manifesto

We welcome the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitment to the NHS’s first-ever Long-Term Workforce Plan, which commits to expanding the number of social prescribing link workers. This is a positive step towards addressing the holistic needs of patients and integrating care across services. However, to fully realise this vision, our motions must be implemented in full. You can access the motion here.

The proposed expansion of Pharmacy First presents a significant opportunity for social prescribing link workers to play a vital role in collaborating with pharmacy teams to enhance community health, ensuring no wrong door and increasing access to support. A key element in this effort is progressing the joint NALW and Royal Pharmaceutical Society position statement on social prescribing. You can view this statement here.

Our members will play a crucial role in delivering the Major Conditions Strategy, the WorkWell service, and mental health support. Social prescribing link workers will be essential to making these plans a success.

For sustained success, long-term investment in social prescribing is essential. Please refer to our manifesto to learn more about our requests for political parties.

Christiana Melam MBE, Chief Executive of the National Association of Link Workers

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