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.survey about social prescribing for children and young peopleAnd finally - a job opportunity, an international publication on social prescribing around the world, a social prescribing toolkit from WHO, a new International Arts in Pharmacy special interest group, some requests for evidence and please, please, please do complete the

.video from Arts Derbyshire as part of the CHWAs Creativity and Wellbeing Week. I was very struck by the amazing ways in which the link workers described their role; what it is, what it isn't and what will make it better. It is a great way of understanding the many dimensions of a link worker and I recommend that everyone watches the social prescribing link worker manifesto launchBut what of the voices of link workers themselves? Last Friday, I had the pleasure of attending a

which provides art-based workforce training programmes across the health and social care sector.Performing Medicine on connecting the cultural social prescribing workforce from Carly Annable-Coop, Programme Manager at check out our latest blog from the National Association of Link Workers and others talked about. If you read on, you will find a draft workforce development plan which you can now provide feedback on to NHSE&I - please do read and add your voices. You can also Christiana MelamWe hope you got the chance to celebrate #linkworkerday2022 organised by the National Association of Link Workers. We've included the video from our conference about professional developments for link workers so you can hear what

Firstly, we want to acknowledge the amazing work that link workers do. Sometimes this has been in difficult working environments where the support hasn't been quite right, and sometimes other professionals don't yet understand where the link worker role starts and where it stops, what it is and what it isn't. Despite this, hundreds of people benefit from seeing a link worker in the UK every week. It reminds me that we are in the middle of a huge cultural shift to a fully person-centred approach to health. The progress in the last few years has been phenomenal, but there is still work to do isn't there?

May has been another busy month in the world of social prescribing, so this newsletter is focusing on link workers with a few other things thrown in. 


Keep social prescribing.

Co-Chair, Social Prescribing Network


We will be gradually releasing conference videos from the 4th International Social Prescribing Network Conference which will be available via our YouTube channel.  The slides from our conference presentations are now available to view and download via OneDrive.  Below are a couple of sessions to get you started.  
Link Worker Development - this session examined & identified priorities for developing the link worker role with Christiana Melam, CEO National Association of Link Workers, Nic Gitsham, Head of SP for NHS England & Improvement, Krysia Groves, Programme Manager Primary Care, Health Education & Improvement Wales and Hannah Burns, Office of Health Disparities, Department of Health & Social Care
Conference open and Inequalities and the role of social prescribing - hear from Dr Marie Polley & Dr Michael Dixon, Social Prescribing Network Co-chairs, James Sanderson, CEO of the National Academy of Social Prescribing, Darren Dooler sharing his story of social prescribing and Sir Michael Marmot on health inequalities

Consultation Social Prescribing Link Workers Manifesto                                                                 

During the pandemic lockdowns, Link Workers in Derbyshire and throughout the country were left wondering what social prescribing looked like in a time of social isolation.  Many Link Workers were given the task of contacting the GP’s most shielded and vulnerable patients and supporting some very frightened and anxious people.  Deborah Munt from Arts Derbyshire explained "This was all starting to take its toll on Link Workers so Arts Derbyshire set up a special Link Worker support programme called Cultural Prescriptions.  This gave Link Workers space to discuss what was important to them and the idea of the manifesto came, as a way to share that with others".

The national launch of their manifesto last Friday aimed to kick off a nationwide conversation about the potential of Social Prescribing and the role of the Link Workers.  It’s intended to provoke and raise as many questions as it answers and, as a headline event at the Creativity and Wellbeing Week festival, it  received responses from a panel of guests representing the National Association for Social Prescribing, NHS England, The Social Prescribing Network, Arts Council England and Public Health in Derbyshire . Watch their video below or visit the Derbyshire Arts website to find out more.


Draft SPLW workforce development framework

NHS England and Improvement are sharing the draft of the SPLW workforce development framework and would like to hear from you before publishing a final version later in the year. You can find the document and feedback form on the SP collaboration platform.  The deadline for feedback is Friday 1st July 2022. If you are not yet a member of the Future NHS social prescribing collaboration platform you can join by emailing

The workforce development framework will:


  • help SPLWs and their employers understand the role and how to maximise the impact
  • set out the competencies and support needed for SPLW staff to flourish, including supervision and training
  • bring together existing commitments and new resources, be linked to refreshed guidance (to be published in summer)

National Survey of Children & Young People's Social Prescribing In England
Please take part in the survey on children and young people’s social prescribing which has been commissioned by the National Academy for Social Prescribing for NHS England & Improvement. The survey is designed to give as accurate a picture as possible of the current provision of children and young people’s social prescribing in England.

Knowing where schemes are and where they are planned, how they are funded and organised and who is benefitting is essential for directing future investment.


Your views and experience of children and young people’s social prescribing are very important.  Whether you are a link worker, coordinator, referrer, activity/service provider or commissioner/funder, we want to hear from you. Whether the scheme you are telling us about is up and running, preparing to launch or at the planning stage, your opinion will help build the picture.

They are particularly interested in hearing from link workers so please do take some time (approximately 8 minutes) to take part in helping to build the evidence base and the business case for more children and young people’s social prescribing which is much needed.

The deadline for this survey has been extended to June 10th.  You can access it here.
Events & Resources

Understanding food-related issues for link workers
On the 13th & 20th of June, we will be running the last of our 'Understanding food-related issues for link workers course'. 

Since starting these free, CPD certified courses we have trained over 100 link workers in understanding how food affects our bodies, impacts health and disease, issues surrounding food poverty as well as obesity and malnutrition.  We have had fantastic feedback and have enjoyed every course, learning something new ourselves from our fantastic attendees. 

The course is also open to Health and Wellbeing Coaches and Care Co-ordinators so don't miss your last chance to join us.  Further information and booking is available here.
Integrative & Personalised Medicine 2022
This 3-day event on 16th-18th of June focuses on working together to celebrate a better more, sustainable, hopeful approach to medicine and health, bringing together the various disciplines of healthcare professionals. You can find more information and register here.

International Arts in Pharmacy Special Interest Group

We are pleased to announce the launch of the first International Arts in Pharmacy Special Interest Group. They are a diverse group of researchers, practitioners, educators, students, patients, carers, and others interested to imbed creative thinking and the arts into pharmacy. Artists and creative practitioners are also very welcome to join. They hold online events to share experiences of research, education and practice to develop arts in pharmacy, including social prescribing. You can sign up to their mailing list here to receive and share details of conferences, publications, and relevant activities. For more information, please contact the group founder Dr Ranjita Dhital Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Health Studies, Arts and Sciences Department (UCL) and pharmacist on


Global developments in social prescribing

Congratulations to the international social prescribing leads have recently published a paper in BMJ Journals which 'aims to illuminate the ways social prescribing has been conceptualised and implemented across 17 countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America'. It is so encouraging to see the international social prescribing community growing, collaborating, learning and developing together. Their paper is available online.


World Health Organization Social Prescribing Toolkit

The World Health Organization has published 'A toolkit on how to implement social prescribing. The toolkit was created to help introduce social prescribing at the community level. It outlines the steps required to introduce a social prescribing scheme and includes sample materials, which can be adapted to the local context and is available to download here.


Call for participants & evidence
Establishing Internationally Accepted Conceptual and Operational Definitions of Social Prescribing Through Expert Consensus: A Delphi Study 

Caitlin Muhl, a PhD Candidate at Queen’s University, in Ontario, Canada, and Co-Lead of the Canadian Social Prescribing Student Collective, is inviting experts in social prescribing to participate in a research study. Caitlin will be conducting a Delphi study to develop internationally accepted conceptual and operational definitions of social prescribing with an international, multidisciplinary panel of experts. She is conducting this study as part of her thesis work to obtain her PhD in Health Quality. Her thesis committee consists of researchers at Queen’s University and the University of Toronto, including Dr. Kate Mulligan, the founding director of the Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing. Members of the Social Prescribing Network are encouraged to participate in this study, which will lay the groundwork for the formation of a robust evidence base and answer the call that was made by the Social Prescribing Network in 2016 for an agreed definition of social prescribing. Caitlin is currently recruiting link workers and patients involved in social prescribing to participate in her study. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr. Christina Godfrey, at 1-613-533-6000 x 78760 or  

Social Prescribing for children and young people to improve mental health (CHOICES) - final call for evidence

In November 2021 the CHOICES team, (led by Vashti Berry and Kerryn Husk, including SPN committee members Marcello Bertotti and Paul Jarvis-Beesley), made a call for evidence to contribute to a review of how children and young people (CYP) access social prescribing community assets for health and wellbeing, to improve mental health.
Thanks to all those who have responded - however, they wanted to make sure everyone was given the opportunity to share knowledge and information.
This project will extend the growing evidence base around social prescribing in the primary care and public health arenas by focussing on its use for CYP and in particular prevention and early intervention in mental health conditions, which are a key growing concern for primary care, public health and education services.
The team is particularly interested in:
  • Which individuals and services are children and young people presenting at, for mental health difficulties? How do children and young people find out about relevant services? What are the referral processes for CYP to access community groups or services?
  • How do young people with mental health difficulties travel through the care pathway to access support: How do children and young people access community offers?
In addition to searching for published evidence, they are keen to gather other types of evidence including any information from community projects working directly with CYP to improve mental health, for example, unpublished evaluations, reports or leaflets; project websites; conference presentations or posters; blogs or other social media content; any other sources of information which may be relevant.
If you have any information you think may be helpful to share, or any questions about the study, please contact Alex Gude on
 The deadline is 10th June 2022.
More information about the study is available online.

Job opportnities

Scottish Ballet is recruiting for a Health Partnerships Manager role to support their social prescribing activities. You can find out more and apply online.  The closing date is June 5th.


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