Social prescribing coming of age conference: 2 key issues that emerged

We were delighted to exhibit at the King’s Fund social prescribing conference on 6th November 2018.

It was a colourful event indeed and it was fantastic seeing familiar and new faces. Over 100 people caught our link worker effect and signed up for further conversation at our stand 🙂 We are very grateful for the lovely feedback from visitors to our stand. Here is a taster

‘it was a great event and I very much enjoyed visiting the Connect Link stand’

‘what a great enthusiastic & fun team, really enjoyed talking to your staff’

The secretary of state for health and social care, Matt Hancock also caught the link worker effect when he met with our CEO. Great support for link workers! In his keynote speech, he reiterated his commitment to social prescribing and that he was open to ideas with proven evidence and wasn’t wielded to a model. You can read his full speech.

2 key issues that emerged

2 key issues that emerged from the over 100 conversations we had with visitors to our stand:

1) Lack of a repository of all social prescribing schemes: visitors were asking for information regarding existing social prescribing schemes in their area. Social prescribing coming of age should mean improved coordination and dissemination of information. There now needs to be a collation of existing social prescribing schemes for easy public access.

2) Lack of social prescribing link worker role clarity

Firstly, it is important to clarify that we are referring to a non-clinical social prescribing link worker. It is worth noting that our members involved in social prescribing schemes are non-clinical and we are very clear about their role. Again, this highlights a lack of a coordinated dissemination of information.

The awaited NHS England social prescribing guide should help provide role clarity. Here is an excerpt.

Additionally, our ‘code of practice for link workers’ which will be launched at our ‘link worker success conference 2019′ will provide detailed role clarity. You may wish to sign up to our membership for further information

Next steps
Get in touch with us info@connectlink.org, if you have questions or for either of the following:

• Want to discuss membership?
• Want to support our link worker success conference 2019?
• Do you have an idea you would like to discuss with us?
• Do you have a project in the pipeline and would like to work with us?
• Would you like to get involved with our work?
• Do you want to be listed in our social prescribing marketplace?
• Want to discuss bespoke training?
• Do you want to discuss embedding social prescribing?

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