Supporting our social prescribing workforce

The NEL Social Prescribing Workforce Enabler Programme was established to build a skilled, supported and confident Social Prescribing Link Worker (SPLW) workforce across north east London through:

  • Supporting the growth and development of a dynamic, vibrant, multi-professional workforce embedded in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Supporting SPLW practice development in a coordinated way
  • Enabling a collaborative social prescribing network in north east London to flourish and create a forum for sharing and promoting good practice across the sector


  • The Social Prescribing Workforce Enabler Group has been established. We have excellent north east London representation from social prescribers, managers in primary care, local authorities and the VCS.  This is now a thriving community of practice
  • We have trained over 100 SPLWs in north east London in Social Welfare and Advice
  • In partnership with the London Cancer Alliance over 40 SPLWs have undertaken Motivation Interviewing training run by a specialist working with people living with and beyond cancer
  • Strengthened partnership working with the north east London Training Hub Collaborative


  • We are aiming to pilot our first north east London social prescribing leadership programme in Autumn/Winter 2021
  • We are developing our work to embed all personalised care roles across NEL, including Health and Wellbeing Coaches and Care Coordinators

If you want to find out more contact Gita Malhotra, north east London Workforce Lead for social prescribing and personalisation.

NEL Guide for Social Prescribing Link Workers

On 1 July Dr Jagan John, Chair of the North East London Clinical Commissioning Group, launched the NEL Guide for Social Prescribing Link Workers (SPLWs), which provides practical support and resources for social prescribing link workers in north east London.

In producing this guide we consulted extensively with our existing social prescribing workforce across north east London. Their input, advice and insights have been instrumental in shaping this guide, which has also been informed by relevant policy and national guidance.

The main audience for the guide is new SPLWs in the first few weeks of starting in post. The guide will also support local systems, managers, Primary Care Networks and Clinical Directors in embedding the social prescribing agenda.

Further information can be found in a letter from Dr John on the day of the launch.

For further information please contact the author of the guide, Gita Malhotra, Workforce Lead for Social Prescribing and Personalised Care:

Access the latest data on north east London social prescribing work

We are creating a comprehensive data repository to provide everyone working in social prescribing across NEL and wider stakeholders with the latest information on referrals, patient/resident needs, support prescribed and outcomes achieved.  The aim is to provide teams with a better understanding of their own activity and the impact it has had. If would like to know more, please contact Lauren Moy.

Help us demonstrate the impact of social prescribing in north east London

The NEL Social Prescribing Evaluation Group has formed under the leadership of Dr Victoria Tzortziou-Brown, the NEL HCP’s lead for research and evaluation, to ensure we are delivering high quality evaluation of our work alongside creating a NEL-wide community of practice. All social prescribing teams are invited -  if your team is not yet participating and would like to join, please contact Lauren Moy.

Digital support for our social prescribing teams

With the help of the Clinical Effectiveness Group, we are making templates available on EMIS Web for Link Workers to capture data from their consultations with patient/residents. The data is automatically consolidated, reducing reliance on spreadsheets and reducing administrative effort. 

For teams looking to extend digital access to service users and a wider circle of referrers, we are in the process of procuring a dedicated social prescribing digital solution that all teams across NEL will be able to use.  To find out more, please contact Lauren Moy.

Updated: 29/07/2021