Social prescribing link workers

Social prescribing link workers connect people to community-based support, including activities and services that meet practical, social, and emotional needs that affect their health and wellbeing. This includes connecting people to statutory services for example housing, financial and welfare advice.

Social prescribing works particularly well for people with low level mental health needs, who feel lonely or isolated, with long term conditions and complex social needs.

Social prescribing link workers work collaboratively across the health and care system, targeting populations with greatest need and risk of health inequalities. They collaborate with partners to identify gaps in provision and support community offers to be accessible and sustainable.

Resources to support and embed social prescribing link workers

  1. Introduction to the social prescribing link worker role
  2. Developing personalised care and support plans with people
  3. Developing partnerships
  4. Introducing people to community groups and VCSE organisations
  5. Safeguarding vulnerable people
  6. Keeping records and measuring impact
  7. Supporting people with their mental health through social prescribing
  8. Social welfare, legal support and money guidance
  9. Social prescribing for children and young people
  10. Supervision
  11. Social prescribing and the armed forces community
  12. Culturally responsive practice


NHS England hosts a regular series of webinars covering a range of topics from training and development for social prescribing link workers and broader topics to showcase good practice from across the country. Previous recordings and presentations are available on the social prescribing FutureNHS collaboration platform.