Welcome to the Link Workers/Social Prescribing page. This page contains useful information to help Link Workers in primary care to find out more about their role and what support is available.
Please contact us if there are any other resources/information you would like added to this page.
You will be taking referrals from the GPs in your network. (And if your social prescribing service already takes referrals from other local agencies, you will take referrals from them
too.) You will spend time with the people referred to you, building trusting relationships, listening carefully to what matters to people and what motivates them. Where people are
isolated or lonely, it may be helpful for you to visit them at home.
You will work with individuals to create a shared plan based on what matters to them, to help them take control of their health and wellbeing. You will help them to connect
with community and voluntary groups locally, supporting them to make their own choices and help them build confidence to cope with social situations, such as community group meetings.
You will also be working with partners to increase community capacity. Where local infrastructure agencies exist, such as councils for voluntary service (CVSs), they will provide
development support to the local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.
You should connect with them and help them identify and meet development needs of local community groups and organisations.
It is also important that you work in partnership with local community workers, local area coordinators and whatever roles are in place locally. Together you will be able to share
information about what training is available for small voluntary and community groups. And together, you will be able to nurture community groups and assets to help them
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with PHE to develop the Helping People Living in Cold Homes e-learning programme for health and care professionals. The e-learning resource supports health and social care professionals to put National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance into practice.
Aimed at health and care staff who undertake home visits, the resource provides information on local services that can assist people living in cold homes, such as installing insulation, improving heating systems or helping reduce energy bills. It also helps people spot the signs of a cold home – including less obvious ones.
For more information about the e-learning programme, including details on how to access, visit
The National Association of Link Workers is Social Prescribing Link Workers largest professional network in the UK which aims to increase professionalism and reduce isolation.
Their membership provides future and existing Social Prescribing organisations and Link Workers with a single point of access for Link Worker support and development.
Please contact us if you would like further information about Social Prescribing in Oxford City.