What is a Social Prescribing Link Worker

What is a Social Prescribing Link Worker

What is a Social Prescribing Link Worker? Social Prescribing Link Workers use strength-based approaches to increase people’s confidence to take control of their health and wellbeing. They work in partnership with people, actively listening to understand what matters to them from a holistic perspective, cocreating action plans and goals to meet their needs. This means they need to gain and maintain people’s trust and confidence.

What is a Social Prescribing Link Worker

Social Prescribing Link Workers undertake varying roles and responsibilities dependent on the local social prescribing model. However these generic core summary applies.
Someone who:

✓ Uses a strength based approach to increase people’s confidence to take control of their health wellbeing

✓ Builds trust and relationships with people

✓ Gives people time to talk about what matters to them

✓ Actively listens to understand what matters to people from a holistic perspective

✓ Co-creates solutions with people

✓ Enables and supports access to solutions

✓ Facilitates joined up care and social inclusiveness

✓ Is knowledgeable about the range of local support available to help with people’s wellbeing issues

Recommended references:

Code of Practice for Social Prescribing

NHS England Social Prescribing reference guide for Primary Care Networks

Read More: Setting Social Prescribing Link Workers up for success: what you must know

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