Social Prescribing Link Workers 

Social Prescribing Link Workers (SPLWs) are a key part of the multidisciplinary team within primary care networks (PCN). 

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  1. About Social Prescribing Link Workers
  2. Peer learning webinar playlist
  3. Explore SPLW pages

About Social Prescribing Link Workers

SPLWs can provide more time and focus on ‘what matters to me’ and take a holistic approach to an individual’s health and wellbeing,  empowering them to have more control. 

By developing supportive relationships with local, voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations, culturally appropriate community groups and statutory services, SPLWs are able to make timely, appropriate and supported referrals for individuals who may need practical and emotional support. This is especially so for people with long term conditions, people who are lonely or isolated, or have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing. 

Referrals to SPLWs can be made from a wide range of agencies, including pharmacies, wider multi-disciplinary teams, hospital discharge teams, allied health professionals, fire service, police, job centres, social care services, housing associations, and VCSE organisations. 

If you are a SPLW or Social Prescribing Manager, here you will find a wide range of information, resources and support available to you. Read on for more practical support. 

Peer learning webinar playlist

Our peer learning sessions are opportunities for personalised care professionals to come together as a community to share best practices and ways of working that can help us learn from one another. 

Social Prescribing Link Workers’ pages