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Social prescribing link workers

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 15th January 2020.

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Photo of Onkar Sahota Onkar Sahota Labour

How are you working towards your goal of a social prescribing link worker in every Primary Care Network?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

GLA Officers are working in partnership with the NHS to support the development of social prescribing in London. They are developing networks across boroughs and STP areas and addressing local needs and priorities.

Learning Coordinators are providing training to approximately 100 new Primary Care Network (PCN) link workers in London, with more posts being recruited to.

It is not mandated by the NHS that PCNs have to recruit link workers, but previous partnership work between the NHS and the GLA has highlighted the benefits of social prescribing. Active GP clinical leads have helped the growing movement across London to position social prescribing as a key tool for creating health and wellbeing.