Supporting link workers in primary care networks

To support the new PCN link workers we have created a suite of resources and learning events.

A group of experienced link workers in Herts Valley have compiled a set of top tips for newly appointed social prescribing link workers. The advice is captured in a blog by Carol Nutkins of Herts Valley CCG.

Supporting the development of social prescribing link workers in primary care networks: series of webinars

NHS England is continuing to support the development of social prescribing in primary care networks through a series of webinars aimed at social prescribing link workers and those working within primary care.  The webinars focus on a range of topics, covering some of the key approaches to effective social prescribing.

Current webinar dates and themes are show below. Click on the links below to register your interest and get the sign in details.

Connecting people to local sports clubs

Date and time: 12 February 2020, 3:00pm

This webinar will showcase the work of the English Football League (EFL,) nationally and locally, and give insights into how you can link with local community sports activities.

Pre-reading material: Social Prescribing Link Workers: reference guide for PCNs

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Making our information accessible to all – Registration

Date and time: 26 February 2020, 3:00pm

This webinar will help link workers to understand how the NHS England Accessible Information Standard can make information more accessible, and in particular, ensure services are more accessible to people with learning disabilities and autism.

Pre-reading material: Social Prescribing Link Workers: reference guide for PCNs

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Connecting to your local leisure and sport activities centres

Date and time: 25 March 2020, 3:00pm
This webinar will cover a presentation from UK Active. UK Active is responsible for promoting sporting activities to improve the health of the nation. They manage a network of infrastructure and resources across the country and are likely to be a key ally for link workers looking to refer people on to sporting activities as part of their overall support package.

Pre-reading material: Social Prescribing Link Workers: reference guide for PCNs

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Slides and presentations used on previous webinars are available on the social prescribing community on the Future NHS platform.  (If you are not already a member just email england.socialprescribing@nhs.net.) Topics covered include:

  • Co-producing personalised care and support plans
  • Using the Patient Activation Measure (PAM)
  • Assessing wellbeing – using the ONS4 Wellbeing tool
  • Safeguarding
  • Looking after yourself and effective use of supervision
  • Supporting community groups to receive people
  • Keeping people physically active
  • Connecting people to nature
  • Making every contact count
  • Creative support – connecting people to the arts