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Social Prescribing and the Armed Forces Community module now available

Posted on: February 10th, 2022 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new elearning module to support the health of the armed forces community (AFC) has now been added to Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh)’s Social Prescribing – Learning for Link Workers programme.

Social Prescribing and the Armed Forces Community is designed to enhance social prescribing link workers (SPLWs)’s support for current serving personnel, veterans and their families. While many aspects of their health needs are the same as other members of society, there are sometimes significant differences from other patients, particularly conditions related to life in the forces, and the overall impact of military life on the family.

This module – developed in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement – provides an overview of the unique challenges of service life and how SPLWs can support this community. On completion of the module, learners will gain new skills such as:

  • gaining knowledge of the key legislation and policies in relation to the AFC
  • identifying a range of services and what they offer to the AFC
  • reflecting on social prescribing processes from own and client perspectives and evaluate implications for the AFC

It also includes sources of further information and support. Primarily this module is aimed at SPLWs but may also be of interest to anyone supporting members of the AFC.

The module has been developed as part of a 2 year demonstrator funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Armed Forces Health Team, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust and supported by Northumbria University – The Northern Hub for Veterans and Families Research and the South West Integrated Personalised Care Team.

For more information and to access the module, please visit the Social Prescribing – Learning for Link Workers programme page.

Social Prescribing – Learning for Link Workers now live

Posted on: July 13th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England (HEE elfh) has developed an elearning resource to support link workers to deliver social prescribing.

Social prescribing enables all primary care staff and local agencies to refer people to a link worker. Link workers give people time and focus on what matters to the person as identified through shared decision making or personalised care and support planning. They connect people to community groups and agencies for practical and emotional support. They collaborate with local partners to support community groups to be accessible and sustainable and help people to start new groups.

The NHS Long Term Plan commits to embedding social prescribing link workers within every primary care network (PCN) as part of a wider shift towards universal personalised care. The aim is for at least 900,000 people to be referred to social prescribing schemes by 2023/24.

The elearning includes the core elements and skills required to do the job and deliver social prescribing as part of a PCN multi-disciplinary team.

The six sessions are:

1. Introduction to the social prescribing link worker role
2. Developing personalised care and support plans with people
3. Developing partnerships
4. Introducing people to community groups and VCSE organisations
5. Safeguarding vulnerable people
6. Keeping records and measuring impact

For more information about the programme, including details of how to access, please visit:

elfh is a NHS England programme in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies