Lianna Martin: Lianna works at the Bromley by Bow Centre, one of the pioneers of social prescribing. For over 17 years she has worked alongside and within the voluntary and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in London. In that time she has been involved in workforce development; helped develop and design services and impact measurement; contributed to building capacity of grassroots community organisations and co-produced governance structures; and, always put users and frontline workers of the services front and centre. Passionate about the opportunities social prescribing offers to ensure primary care can move toward a preventative model, Lianna sees Social Prescribing as an effective mechanism for addressing health inequalities and to building a culture of personalised care.
Sarah Gorman: Sarah has worked in the voluntary and community sector for 30 years, initially developing supported housing projects for people experiencing homelessness, and since 2010 developing Edberts House, a community charity in Gateshead. In 2015 Sarah and the Edberts team created a pilot programme – the Community Linking Project – with a local GP surgery to support patients around non-clinical issues. This has now been expanded across 27 Gateshead practices, with additional consultancy in a further 14.
The programme has made a real impact on patients and surgeries in Gateshead, and is changing the way that the local system supports communities with multiple and complex needs. Sarah is delighted that this approach is now being expanded across the country. As a regional learning coordinator, Sarah is excited to be able to share some of their learning with others.
Jackie Jamieson: For much of her career Jackie has been involved in economic regeneration, external funding and programme management in the public sector. Since 2013 she has worked in the voluntary and community sector (VCSE), where she has developed services, managed projects and community provision aimed at improving health and wellbeing, as well as tackling some of the inequalities faced by communities.
Jackie has been with t Edberts House in Gateshead since 2018 , leading on the expansion and development of their Community Linking Project, most recently supporting primary care networks (PCNs) to embed social prescribing and supporting link workers. She continues to be passionate about the positive impact social prescribing has on the patients the team supports.
David Cowan: In addition to his role as a social prescribing facilitator in the Yorkshire and Humber region, at the end of 2020 David took on the role of regional learning coordinator, supporting the development of social prescribing link workers in the region. David is a tutor delivering level 3 qualifications in Social Prescribing in partnership with Conexus Healthcare UK, Bromley-by-Bow and University of East London, and is a developmeat Advisor on the Time for Care Programme at NHS England and NHS Improvement. He is proud to have led a care navigation ‘active sign posting’ consultancy and training programme, at Conexus Healthcare, which has received national recognition.
Malcolm Bray: Malcolm has worked in the local government, NHS, academic and private sectors, where he has led and managed strategic partnerships to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. The development of effective health and wellbeing partnerships and building the capacity and capability of health and wellbeing systems have played an important part in his work.
In recent years Malcolm has provided leadership in developing wellbeing hubs, creating Dementia Alliances including the award-winning Dementia Friendly Crawley Programme. Malcolm is committed to improving health and wellbeing in communities and has managed innovative approaches using action research methods to develop social prescribing programmes.
Malcolm is also the Regional Facilitator for the South East Social Prescribing Network.
Rhian Loughlin: Rhian has been involved in the delivery of social prescribing for nearly two decades. She has been Head of Services at Wellspring Healthy Living Centre – a charity set-up to address health inequalities in inner-city Bristol – for over 11 years, and is currently programme lead of a social-prescribing programme called SPEAR based in Bristol’s areas of high multiple deprivation.
Rhian has worked alongside GPs to develop and deliver social prescribing in Bristol, and has partnered with many voluntary and community sector organisations to provide positive activities in the community, including Arts on Referral. Her work is heavily influenced by Marmot’s recommendations and she is committed to a strengths-based approach whereby people and communities are seen as assets and agents in their own health and wellbeing.
Anne-Marie Morrison: Alongside her role as regional learning coordinator for the north west, Anne-Marie is Deputy Programme Manager for an award winning integrated wellness service, Living Well Sefton. The service sits within Sefton Council for Voluntary Service, and manages a team of 10 Social Prescribing Link Workers. Having been involved in the design and implementation of the Social Prescribing programme in Sefton, Anne-Marie has gained a unique insight into the importance of good relationships and partnerships to the success of this work. Having worked in various roles in the voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector for over 18 years, Anne-Marie delivers a range of health and wellbeing training to professionals and communities, including leading on the Making Every Contact Count roll out in Sefton for the last 4 years. A strong commitment to reducing health inequalities through community connectivity and solution focussed approaches lies at the heart of Anne-Marie’s work, along with a love of people and their stories.
East of England
Siân Brand: As well as taking on the role of regional learning coordinator for the East of NHS England, Siân is the Social Prescribing Facilitator in the region, and has also supported development of the recently published national quality framework for social prescribing
Siân has worked most of her recent career in health, in various commissioning roles including children and young people, cancer, and patient and public engagement. During this time, she has acquired local expertise and knowledge in the voluntary and community sector. She is passionate about asset-based approaches to community health and wellbeing and driving culture change to support people to maintain good health & wellbeing.
Siân has also helped to develop whole system models of social prescribing in Mid Essex (hosted by Chelmsford Centre Supporting Voluntary Action) the Borough of Kingston in London (hosted by Connected Kingston) and in Warwickshire and Southend.
Siân has recently joined the Horizon’s School for Change Agents programme which is about developing skills to facilitate change in organisations and systems to improve outcomes of local people.
Sophie Glinka: Sophie works for both the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care partnership (in the Person Centred and Community Approaches team as Social Prescribing Lead) and The Bureau Glossop; a medium sized charity with a focus on community health and wellbeing.
At the Bureau Sophie has developed a VCSE-led social prescribing scheme embedded within the local integrated neighbourhood structure, which has been up and running for two years.
She has experience of all aspects of social prescribing design, development and implementation at both a local and regional level, with hands-on experience of dealing with current opportunities and challenges. She is looking forward to supporting the growth of social prescribing on a wider geographical footprint, seeing its huge potential to both transform health and social care and develop and grow the VCSE.
Maria Willis: Maria’s background is in managing numerous services and contracts in the Third Sector. She has run a Social Prescribing service and more recently, has been a project manager in the Universal Personalised Care programme at Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s Integrated Care System.
She knows that there are already many innovative approaches that are being implemented in the East Midlands, and as regional learning coordinator she will be encouraging people to share their good practice. She sees social prescribing and community connectivity as making a huge contribution to system change. By working with the link workers she will also be contributing to proving the concept – that by having different, more personalised conversations, and by working together with health, social care and voluntary, community services we can support more people to take more responsibility for their long term health and social wellbeing.
Kate Green: Kate has more than 20 years’ experience of working in the voluntary and community sector. For the past 16 years she has worked for Dudley Council for Voluntary Services (Dudley CVS) where she is currently the Deputy Chief Executive. Her previous roles at the CVS have ranged from Community Development Officer, Small Groups Development Officer, to Capacity Building Officer for medium to large voluntary sector organisations, and from 2014 to 2019 she managed their social prescribing project – Integrated Plus.
Kate’s experience of securing funding, setting up and then managing a social prescribing project brings a wide range of skills, experience and knowledge to the table. She is passionate about social prescribing and the huge difference that link worker roles can make to people’s lives – and also about peer support and reflective practice techniques. “Making meaningful connections with other people carrying out similar roles is vital for link workers’ shared learning and support”, Kate says.
Keeley Jones: In 2019 Keeley took over from Kate Green as Project Manager for Dudley CVS’s Integrated Plus social prescribing programme. Previously, for more than two years, she was a link worker on the same project, a role she found extremely satisfying and rewarding. She says that as a link worker: “Not only do you get to support people in a truly personalised way but you also become a skilled investigator when it comes to finding out what’s on offer in your local community”.
Prior to working at Dudley CVS Keeley worked for Alzheimer’s Society as a Senior Dementia Friends Regional Support Officer for the West Midlands. This involved training volunteers to become Dementia Friends Champions and facilitating peer support sessions to enable them to raise awareness and help to create Dementia Friendly Communities.
Keeley’s experience on the ground puts her in a good position to support new and existing link workers.