Welcome to the national association of link workers

Social Prescribing Link Workers independent and largest professional network in the UK which increases professionalism and reduces isolation. Our membership provides future and existing Social Prescribing organisations and Link Workers with a single point of access for Link Worker support and development.

What members say!!

Very good course and very achievable technique. Motivational Interviewing, conversation guide, tasks and activities especially the case study, and the conversation guide task. It was good to see examples of good practice- different ways of introducing things, and working through the processes. This is encouraging!

The real value is that the NALW was in place before the NHS drive for Social Prescribing Link workers so it has the grass roots, non-medicalised, asset-based focus.

It was good to learn about motivational interviewing and how to apply. I am grateful to my employer who paid for my membership.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting other link workers and discussing challenges, success, and sharing knowledge

It is great to know that there is help out there for us new to post with little or no guidance.

Thank you so much for the sample interview guide template, we used it last night and its perfect

The course helped me find out how to communicate with client, active listening, question style, signposting, I feel more confident to deal with client

The courses have given me a good understanding of the role of a link worker and a holistic view of the process with tools to be more efficient in the role

It is encouraging to get validation and support from peers through clinical supervision.

Thanks for arranging the conference call. It was helpful to have some peer support and hear challenges for others, new in post to Social Prescribing. Such calls and conversations are very much needed as many social prescribers, myself included are working in isolation

Social Prescribing Link Workers UK wide community of practice

Clinical directors, social prescribing link workers and managers sharing expertise and co-creating solutions to challenges at our 8th July 2019 historic annual UK-wide conference. See upcoming regional community of practice events.

Code of Practice for Employers of Social Prescribing Link Workers & Social Prescribing Link Workers

Our impact

700+ link worker members

700+ link worker members

480+ CPD course enrollments

480+ CPD course enrollments

3,413+ community engagement

3,413+ community engagement

90%+ 4 or 5 star overall rating

90%+ 4 or 5 star overall rating

Social Prescribing Link Worker comprehensive support offer

Lack of adequate Social Prescribing Link Worker support will result in low link worker moral and motivation and effectiveness. Our comprehensive Social Prescribing Link Worker support offer is for organisations and Primary Care Networks who wish to reduce costs as a result of high staff turn over and increase successful social prescribing programme (key performance indicators) KPIs.

Our inclusive team

Social impact key team
Christiana Melam
CEO

Christiana is a social prescribing enthusiast. She has been ‘linking’ or ‘connecting’ in her community all her life, whether; in a paid capacity with a previous career in public health and health promotion or volunteer capacity as a patient and public voice representative or health champion.

It is her knowledge and experience of inequalities, that highlighted for her just how important the role of a link worker is but also that it needed help to maintain its professional integrity, in order to help reduce inequalities.

She is an advocate for social change, social justice, inclusion, coproduction, grassroots approaches, empowering people and reducing inequality. She has achieved particular success in community engagement, implementing targeted interventions for “hard to reach” and “at risk groups” to reduce health inequalities, and developing the often overlooked paid and volunteer workforce in health and social care.

This success is the result of her approachable, inspiring and enthusiastic nature, ability to bridge points of view and varied subject matter expertise – all of which boosts engagement and morale.

She was recognised by the mayor of London as one of the women that make London great in 2019 and is a finalist in the upcoming Social Enterprise UK awards for the ‘Women in Social Enterprise' category.

Christiana holds masters in Public Health & Health Promotion.

Jo Pogson
Professional development facilitator

Jo is an experienced professional development facilitator, trainer and coach. Her passion is people and unlocking their drive and motivation to be at the top of their chosen field.

Her professional experience includes; delivering care navigation and social prescribing workshops in the NHS, change/service redesign at Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, delivering bespoke leadership programmes for Surrey County Council, Oxfordshire County Council and British Library, delivering workshops for medical professionals delivering terminal diagnoses, Career coaching for the Armed Forces at Commander and Rear Admiral level.

Jo has a reputation for being compassionate yet commercially aware and has a business focussed approach. She coaches using a variety of approaches including GROW; EQ Coaching and OSKAR (solutions focussed coaching) and can flex her style appropriate to the situation.

Her background as a police officer and merchant navy sailor has instilled an ethos of a strongly outcome orientated approach whilst giving her an appreciation of the nuances required when meeting people in their most challenging moments. She delivers inspiring developmental programmes that meet organisational objectives; increase competence and produces a superior customer experience.

 

Joanna Wajszczuk
Link Worker clinical supervisor

Joanna is a qualified UKCP and EAP registered Gestalt psychotherapist working and runs her private practice in London. She initially trained as a psychologist at London Guildhall University and then completed a four-year post graduate Gestalt Psychotherapist training in Poland.

However, before becoming a psychotherapist, she worked in various social care settings such as mental health, domestic violence, outreach family support and project management. One of her roles involved setting up and running a social prescribing project based on co-operative work between Mind in Camden and Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She remains connected to social prescribing field and continue to run monthly supervision sessions for volunteer Link Workers.

She is delighted to be involved in facilitating peer group clinical supervision for Link Workers and creating a save space to connect, learn from each other and develop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meena Bhagat
Research Consultant

Meena has worked in market and social research for over twenty years and is skilled in both qualitative and quantitative research. She has worked with a variety of health and social care clients including the National Association of Link Workers, NHS Confederation, Newham CCG, Perthshire Well Being Cooperative, Island Health Trust and the League of Fitness. Other clients include Dyson Ltd, Stagecoach, Red Cross and Shell UK. She has a master’s in research and a postgraduate certificate in Research Skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Innovation Advisory Board
Kelly Austin
Member

Kelly’s journey into social prescribing really started when she joined the GP practice, then known as Sawston Medical Practice 9 years ago, as a receptionist. During her time in this role she helped facilitate community weight loss groups, set up walking groups and became the Carers co-ordinator. She then moved into clinical coding which gave her a real insight into how other aspects as well as medical issues can affect patients.


In early 2018 Granta, now a group of 5 merged Practices and patient population of 44,000, secured funding from our local District and County councils for a social prescribing service to be launched, an opportunity that she jumped at. The service is now 9 months into the initial 2 years funded pilot and with the new NHS plans and GP contracts it looks set to continue. Joining the advisory board has really given her a platform to help shape the way the social prescribing service works and has been an enormous privilege.


Out of work, she is a married mum of two boys and have lots of animals! She is also a qualified dancing for fitness instructor, this has also lead to her to undertaking the Strength and Balance instructor training later this year. She likes to challenge herself doing long distance charity walks.

Roseann Logan
Member

Roseann joined The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (The ALLIANCE) in February 2014 as the Community Links Manager with the Links Worker Programme, a highly innovative and unique programme that aims to support people to live well through strengthening links between primary care and community resources.

Roseann has always had a passion for working with people and especially within the field of mental health and qualified as a mental health nurse in the early 90’s. Since then she has worked within different Third Sector organisations in a variety of management roles setting up new and innovative services within a challenging and changing Social Care environment.

With over 20 years’ experience within Third Sector organisations the fresh challenge of this programme and role has given Roseann the opportunity to use her experiences and knowledge and share them with colleagues from different sectors.

 

 

 

 

Sara Godoli
Member

Sara works as an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor in private practice as well as being employed by MIND in CAMDEN as a social prescribing link worker for a partnership project with CAMDEN & ISLINGTON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST. Her current social prescribing role is embedded within the Trust’s Mental Health Advice and Assessment Team.

Born in Italy, Sara moved to the UK 20 years ago. She is a passionate believer in social justice and has always been involved in the voluntary community sector, in a paid and non-paid capacity.

Sara has a keen interest in mental health which developed from her work in the voluntary community sector. She is particularly passionate in finding creative ways to empower people to own and tell their story as to bring about a multitude of voices, perspectives and practices.

She has a university degree in Sociology and Anthropology and worked for Oxfam for many years prior to her post-graduate in Psychotherapy.

She is a mum of two children and needs to be outdoors and as much as she can, she spends time toiling the soil in her allotment.

Margaret V Mulley
Member

Margaret is an independent consultant working with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice to support faculty colleagues to move research into practice through learning programmes that spread health care delivery science globally. She previously served as adjunct Lecturer at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Before joining Dartmouth, Margaret was a Senior Audit Partner for more than 30 years at Deloitte where she served as Americas Lead Partner for Emerging Growth Client Services, Managing Partner for Strategy, Innovation, Communication and Marketing for the Audit and Enterprise Risk Consulting groups, and as an elected Member of the Board of Directors.

From 2009, Margaret served as Deloitte’s Chief Learning Officer, leading an organizational transformation with a professional team responsible for developing the technical, professional and leadership learning for more than 14,000 auditors and risk consultants. She played a senior leadership role in the successful launch of Deloitte University.

 

 

Our membership options

For individuals and organisations

Standard package

Pro (access for 1 person)
£ £99.99 /yr

Access to exclusive members resources library

Access to all online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses

Access to our UK annual social prescribing link worker success conference & materials

Access to our regional community of practice events

Access to live webinars & Q/A with experts by experience

Access to online UK community of practice

Member spotlight opportunities

Monthly member newsletter & updates

Standard package

Pro 2 (access for 2 people)
£ 149 /yr

Access to exclusive members resources library

Access to all online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses

Access to our UK annual social prescribing link worker success conference & materials

Access to our regional community of practice events

Access to live webinars & Q/A with experts by experience

Access to online UK community of practice

Member spotlight opportunities

Monthly member newsletter & updates

Standard package

Pro 3 (access for 3 people)
£ 249 /yr

Access to exclusive members resources library

Access to all online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses

Access to our UK annual social prescribing link worker success conference & materials

Access to our regional community of practice events

Access to live webinars & Q/A with experts by experience

Access to online UK community of practice

Member spotlight opportunities

Monthly member newsletter & updates

Standard package

Pro 5 (access for 5 people)
£ 399 /yr

Access to exclusive members resources library

Access to all online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses

Access to our UK annual social prescribing link worker success conference & materials

Access to our regional commuity of practice events

Access to live webinars & Q/A with experts by experience

Access to online UK community of practice

Member spotlight opportunities

Monthly member newsletter & updates

Standard package

Pro 10 (access for 10 people)
£ 799 /yr

Access to exclusive members resources library

Access to all online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses

Access to our UK annual social prescribing link worker success conference & materials

Access to our regional community of practice events

Access to live webinars & Q/A with experts by experience

Access to online UK community of practice

Member spotlight opportunities

Monthly member newsletter & updates

Comprehensive package

Access for one person
£ £599 /yr

All included in standard package

1 hour 1:1 online mentoring/buddying session with an experienced Link Worker

Access to online peer group mentoring sessions

Access to facilitated monthly online peer group clinical supervision/reflective practice

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