Supervision Types for Social Prescribing Link Workers

Social Prescribing Supervision Short Films

The films were developed in collaboration with the National Association of Link Workers on behalf of NHSE England to improve knowledge and awareness of the different types of supervision required to support SPLWs in practice.

These short films feature examples of how supervision for Social Prescribing Link Workers (SPLWs) works in practice, including an example of the value of small group peer support.The films highlight the importance of supervision in helping SPLWs to develop and feel supported in their roles, ensuring they are safe to practice and able to deliver high quality patient care.

The films feature SPLWs, GP and members of the Primary Care Network (PCN) talking about different types of supervision and the benefits of supporting SPLWs and their ongoing professional development needs.

Workplace Supervision

means supervising link workers in their day-to-day practice to ensure that they have opportunities to develop their role within the limits of patient safety service provision, their scope of practice and their professional and personal competence.

Professional Supervision

 sometimes referred to as clinical supervision, relates to supporting the professional development of SPLWs over time. It aligns their learning needs with curriculum and competency framework learning outcomes. Professional supervision uses experiential learning and workplace feedback as opportunities to engage in reflective practice, provide feedback and undertake professional development planning.

Group Supervision

refers to providing peer support through a small group or learning set as an additional or alternative format to individual clinical supervision/professional supervision of link workers. It provides opportunities for shared experience, peer learning, and a supportive environment. It is organised and facilitated by a suitably trained and experienced professional and is planned at regular intervals.

As the films describe supervision should be readily accessible, and flexible according to the needs of the individual, working context, and complexity of their role.

Acknowledgments – our thanks to:

Enable Leisure and Culture

Social Prescribing Wandsworth delivered by Enable Leisure and Culture commissioned by NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with Wandsworth GP Practices, Wandsworth Council and the voluntary and community sector.

  • Anna Bootle, Senior Social Prescribing Link Worker -Enable
  • Hannah Jackson, Social Prescribing Link Worker- Enable
  • Ruth Granger, Senior Social Prescribing Link Worker- Enable
  • Laura Chisolm, Social Prescribing Manager- Enable
  • Dr. Owen Carter, GP- Lavender Hill Group Practice

Primary Healthcare Darlington

  • Ethna Parker , Operations Manager
  • Sue Turner, Social Prescribing Link Worker
  • Samanthi DeSilva, Social Prescribing Link Worker
  • Jayne Ibbertson, Social Prescribing Link Worker
  • Danielle Ripley-O’Sullivan, Social Prescribing Link Worker
  • Tara Kennedy, Social Prescribing Link Worker
  • Diane James, Social Prescribing Link Worker
  • Shamima Majchrowicz, Social Prescribing Link Worker
  • Evie Hole-Todd, Business Support Apprentice and Befriender

Enable winner of Social Prescribing Programme of the year at #LinkWorkerDay2021 awards

Primary Healthcare Darlington winner of Social Prescribing Manager of the year at #linkWorkerDay2021 awards sponsored by NHS England.

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