1,000 social prescribing link workers by 2021

NHS England has announced it will recruit 1,000 link workers to support social prescribing by 2021. The link workers will be affiliated to the new primary care networks proposed in the NHS long-term plan, and will help direct patients to local services and activities. Almost a quarter of GPs surveyed by GPonline in 2018 say that they already use social prescribing as a referral method. Funding for the local services has yet to be secured.

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