Our Role in Research
Social Prescribing Link Workers are introducing change to highly institutionalised environments; proper research has a huge role in investigating the change and implications to inform practice and policy.
The link worker model is part of the solution to healthcare delivery shortcomings that have led to some of its challenges. As a new and growing profession, there are significant research gaps and opportunities (primary and community-based, and social and wider determinants of health research are now in focus after years of underfunding).
- Giving legitimacy to the work of social prescribing link workers, standardisation of the role, contextualising issues and solutions, endorsing and shaping the link worker model
- Recognising, enabling and promoting a research culture and engagement amongst Social Prescribing Link Workers
- Improving access to research information
- Bridging research and practice by working with researchers and institutions
- Carrying out research to investigate issues concerning our members and the profession.
- Ensuring high quality workforce and evidence informed practice.
- Developing and promoting social prescribing link workers peer researchers.
Supporting member's research
- Skills training
- Grant and funding
- Supporting development as a peer researcher