Social prescribing is a win win situation for primary care networks and their local population. Supported and resilient link workers are a trusted resource that can help general practice to help their patients with non-clinical needs, allowing GPs to focus on what they can do – their patients’ clinical needs. Link workers are an integral part of the primary care network team, delivering holistic service to patients and improving the health of the local population.
3 things primary care networks should do to increase successful delivery:
- Ensure the link worker’s role is interpreted same way not only in primary care but across the STP and nationally
- Ensure the link worker’s role is embedded in local workforce transformation and integrated care approaches
- Ensure link workers training is not disjointed but based on the link worker competency framework
This will ensure efficiency and consistency which will yield higher return on investment and patient experience.