NHS England and Improvement encouraging primary care networks to recruit Social Prescribing Link Workers

NHS England and Improvement is encouraging primary care networks to recruit additional Social Prescribing Link Workers, with an offer of funding to cover recruitment and induction costs.

Social prescribing link workers (SPLWs) have been an important part of the response to Covid-19, helping to support people with mental health and social issues and contributing to how general practice has responded to the additional needs of their population. With the impact of the virus likely to be felt for a long time ahead, NHS England and Improvement is encouraging primary care networks (PCNs) to recruit additional SPLWs, with an offer of funding to cover recruitment and induction costs. This is a time-limited support offer specifically for PCNs, available until January 31 2021.

The details of the offer are in a letter which has gone out to PCNs and NHS clinical commissioning groups, which you can read here.

Interested PCNs are being encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest no later than 24 August. Any questions about the offer can be sent to england.linkworkerrecruitment@nhs.net