What is a Social Prescriber?

A Social Prescriber, also known as a Link Worker or Community Navigator, is a healthcare professional who supports individuals in improving their overall well-being by connecting them to non-medical support services and community resources.

What Do They Do

Social Prescribers work closely with patients to assess their social, emotional, and practical needs. They then provide personalised support, signposting or referring individuals to various community-based activities, organisations, and services that can address their specific needs. This may include social groups, exercise classes, volunteering opportunities, counselling services, or support groups.

Where Would You Work

Social Prescribers can be found in various healthcare settings, such as general practices, community health centres, or voluntary sector organisations that work in collaboration with healthcare providers.

What Qualifications Do You Need

There is no specific qualification required to become a Social Prescriber. However, a background in healthcare, social work, community development, or a related field is often beneficial. Training and development programs specific to social prescribing may be available.

What Skills Are Needed

Key skills for Social Prescribers include excellent communication and active listening skills, empathy, strong interpersonal skills, knowledge of local community resources and services, ability to build rapport and trust, and good organisational skills.

How Do I Become One

  1. Obtain relevant education or experience in healthcare or community-related fields.
  2. Familiarise yourself with local community resources and support services.
  3. Seek training or development opportunities in social prescribing if available.
  4. Gain experience working in healthcare settings or community organisations that promote well-being.
  5. Apply for positions as a Social Prescriber within healthcare practices or organisations offering social prescribing services.

Reasons To Become

Motivations might include a desire to support individuals in improving their overall well-being, a passion for connecting people with resources and opportunities in their communities, and the satisfaction of making a positive impact on people’s lives.

Who Would I Work With

Social Prescribers collaborate with general practitioners (GPs), nurses, healthcare professionals, social workers, community organisations, voluntary sector groups, and other professionals involved in providing holistic care and support.

How Much Could You Earn

Salaries for Social Prescribers can vary depending on factors such as location, employer, and experience. In the UK, entry-level salaries may range from £20K to £25K per year. With experience and progression into senior roles or advanced positions, salaries can reach around £30K to £40K per year or higher.