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Training Resources for Social Prescriber Link Workers


Social Prescribing is a key component of Universal Personalised Care.

What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing, also sometimes known as community referral, is a means of enabling health professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. The referrals generally, but not exclusively, come from professionals working in primary care settings, for example, GPs or practice nurses.

Recognising that people’s health and wellbeing are determined mostly by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.

Schemes delivering social prescribing can involve a range of activities that are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations. Examples include volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports.

Reference – https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/social-prescribing

Social Prescriber Link Worker

Social Prescriber Link Workers (SPLW) are part of the Personalised Care agenda. SPLW’s are employed either directly by the GP practice/PCN or here in Cornwall can be employed by Volunteer Cornwall via other agencies e.g. Age UK etc.

  • SPLW’s should have a Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject and ideally experience in a health/social care/community or equivalent role. A national core job description is available.
  • Salary is usually equivalent of AfC Band 3 rising to Band 4 with experience and training.
  • Supervision is required and is usually facilitated by a G.P. or another experienced professional.
  • Support is available from national and regional forums; and local Communities of Practice (CoP) exist to provide support and information.

Core Training

Core Training is via E-learning for Health and comprises a core 6 sessions which take approximately 3 hours.

New additional modules for 2021

In development – Supporting Children & Young People through Social Prescribing

Other Useful Training

Personalised Care Institute – users need to register for an account to access resources and training, including:

  • Shared Decision Making
  • Personalised Care and Support Planning
  • Social Prescriber Plus for Social Prescribing Link Workers, Health Coaches and Care Coordinators
    • 3 half day workshops – Active Listening, Motivational Interviewing and Health Coaching Skills

Healthy Cornwall – local courses available to those who live and work in Cornwall. Find out more about the training courses or to book a place please use the links below.

Cornwall Social Prescribing Network – www.socialprescribingcornwall.org.uk

Useful Resources 

Below is a summary of other useful sources of information: