(also known as Social Prescribing Link Workers)
We have a Link worker; Kevin Pike, employed by Stevenage South PCN, working here at Bedwell 3 days a week.
SPLW’s develop trusting relationships by giving people time and focus on ‘what matters to me’, taking a holistic approach, based on the person’s priorities and the wider determinants of health. Link workers co-produce a personalised support plan to improve patient health and wellbeing, introducing or reconnecting people to community groups and statutory services.
SPLW’s can help to strengthen community and personal resilience and reduce health inequalities by addressing the wider determinants of health, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity. It particularly works for people with long-term conditions (including support for mental health), for people who are lonely or isolated, or have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.
SPLW’s provide personalised support to individuals, their families and carers to take control of their wellbeing, live independently and improve health outcomes.
SPLW’s also draw on and increase the strengths and capacities of local communities, enabling local VCSE organisations and community groups to receive social prescribing referrals.
Please note that the role of a link worker is not a clinical role. Below is a list of some of their key areas of profession but there are many more. If you feel you would benefit from the support of Kevin, please email:
Key areas of support:
Falls and Frailty
Exercise and Physical Wellbeing
Home / Living Support
Social Isolation / Loneliness
Signposting to services to improve Chronic Condition Management