Providing Link Workers for Your Primary Care Network
Health Exchange are supporting Primary Care Networks to develop and embed expanded multidisciplinary teams in General Practice. We have specialist experience in the effective deployment of social prescribing link workers to support Practices and add value to your patients care.
What is a Link Worker?
Link Workers provide personalised support to individuals, their families and carers to take control of their wellbeing, live independently, and improve their health and wellbeing. They can help to strengthen community resilience and personal resilience, and reduce health inequalities by addressing the wider determinants of health, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity, by increasing people’s active involvement with their local communities.
Link Workers will be embedded within a PCN to;
- develop trusting relationships by giving people time and focusing on what matters to them
- take a holistic approach, based on the person’s priorities, and the wider determinants of health
- co-produce a simple personalised care and support plan to improve health and wellbeing through access to relevant educational resources and direct access services
- introduce or reconnect people to community groups and services
- evaluate and reinforce the individual impact of change on a person’s wellness
- enhance the GP record by coding referrals and clinical data within GP clinical systems using the national codes
- support the delivery of the comprehensive model of personalised care
- draw on and increase the strengths and capacities of local communities, enabling local VCSE organisations and community groups to receive social prescribing referrals.
We currently offer this service in Birmingham, Sandwell and Warwickshire. To speak to someone about your PCN please contact Health Exchange.