Social Prescribing Link Workers
Link Workers work alongside the Navigators and have a 'hands on' approach and will go out in the community with patients. They are there to listen to patients and connect them with people and activities that might help them to feel better. They are interested in 'what matters' to the patient and create personalised care and support plans.
The Link Worker might introduce patients to a community group, a new activity or a local club, or help them find legal advice or debt counselling. They might just help find information and guidance: a bit of inside knowledge on a situation or what local resources there are. They could even offer support to create something new, such as a gardening club, a fishing group, a 'men's shed' or a 'knit and knatter' group.
Link Workers can help patients have more control over their own health and find ways to improve how they feel in a way that suits them.