NALW Responds to Labour Party Manifesto

We welcome the Labour Party’s commitment to the NHS’s first-ever Long-Term Workforce Plan, which includes expanding the number of social prescribing link workers (SPLWs). This is a positive step towards addressing the holistic needs of patients and integrating care across services.

SPLWs are crucial to achieving the manifesto’s aspirations: reducing waiting lists, providing employment support, managing major conditions, focusing on prevention, bringing care closer to home through neighbourhood centres, supporting mental health, contributing to the national care service, pharmacy, dentistry, and general practice services, and addressing social determinants of health. This requires a holistic and integrated approach. Some of this work is already underway, so we advocate for continuous improvement and the creation of linkages for maximum effect and efficiency to avoid stop-and-start mechanisms that fragment patient care.

To fully realise this vision, professionalising the role of SPLWs and standardising their training are essential steps. This will enable career progression and multi-professional career pathways in health and social care. Our passed motions will support these initiatives.

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.

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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