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, inclusion, coproduction, bottom up 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.

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.