Link Workers (Primary Care Networks)

What is Social Prescribing?

Many things affect your health and well-being. From feeling isolated or lonely, to being stressed out by work, money and housing problems or sometimes the stress of managing different long-term conditions.

Social prescribing can help you to have more control over your own health and find ways to improve how you feel in a way that suits you.

It can help you with things that can’t be fixed by doctors and medicine alone.

To help you connect to the right support for you can be referred to your local Link Worker 

 

What is a Link Worker?

A Social Prescribing Link Worker is there to listen to you, and put you in touch with the people and activities that might help you to feel better.

Your link worker can help you to connect to;

  • Local social groups and activities
  • Benefits, debt and welfare rights advice
  • Mental well-being support and resources
  • Support to help you become healthier and more active
  • Access employment support
  • Become a volunteer
  • Access housing support
  • Access Education and training
  • Practical support including food and medication

 

How can I be referred?

Your GP practice can refer you to their practice Link Worker.

To refer yourself please contact your Link Worker directly. To find out who the Link Worker is for your GP practice click here

Please note you must be over 18 years old and be registered with a GP practice in Rotherham.

If you require immediate support and may be in crisis please contact an alternative service below;

  • Rotherham Council – EMERGENCY SUPPORT – 01709 807319
  • Mental Health Access Team/ Single Point of Contact – 01302 566999 (During office hours)
  • Rotherham Adult Mental Health – 01709 302670 (Outside of office hours)
  • Rotherham Council Single Point of Access – 01709 822330
  • Samaritans – 116 123

For further information about our Link Worker Social Prescribing Service contact Kaley Drury Service Manager here

“The link worker role is integral – we are able to sit and listen to them which helps patients to feel understood. We are able help them breakdown these issues step by step to help manage them. They are able to see it as somebody in their corner, not all the weight is on their shoulders, they are able to ring up and talk to link worker whenever they need.” Joe Rodgers. PCN Link Worker

“Link workers have the time to talk, whereas GP’s struggle to find the time to talk about coffee mornings and refer to specific community groups, we don’t have time to hand hold patients through the nitty gritty stuff and who they speak to, what they are going to say etc. Time and enthusiasm are the two biggest aspects that link workers can provide, that GPs cannot.” Dr. Eversden. Rother Valley South Primary Care Network

“They really enhance the care GP surgeries are able to provide. Obviously, it is more work, another body, increased cost but link workers are worth their weight in gold.” Dr. Douglas Rother Valley South Primary Care Network speaking about PCN Link Workers