With social prescribing rising in healthcare, the question on the role of different parties is often discussed. At the core of social prescribing sits the link worker. This role has, since its coinage, continued to develop and has come with a range of responsibilities. Yet the definition of link worker varies from organisation to organisation. Different responsibilities and focus points are often named.
A link worker is at the core of the social prescribing workforce. They are often known under different names such as social prescribers, community connectors, navigators, and health advisors. In many cases these names are simply synonyms of one another....
Social prescribing saw great changes during 2020. During the pandemic the service offered help across the country for people struggling with loneliness and isolation during periods of national or local lockdown.
There are great benefits to social prescribing for individuals and NHS organisations. Promising signs have emerged on the impact social prescribing has within the UK with robust evidence still needed. The benefits of social prescribing seem to prevail for both UK residents and the health and social care sector. But what are the biggest potential benefits?
Social prescribing has existed under different names for a long time. Actual robust proof on the effectiveness of social prescribing is, however, still lacking. That said, there are a great number of positive signs that reveal the impact of social prescribing in the UK.