Community Link Workers

Community Link Workers COVID-19 Update

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic we at Buckinghamshire Mind are closely following the Government’s guidelines on health and safety measures regarding social distancing.

During the new lockdown restrictions, our Community Link Workers will  provide remote support via phone and digital platforms (e.g. Zoom, Microsoft Teams).

Our Social Prescribing Community Link Workers are embedded in Mid-Chiltern Primary Care Network which covers patients registered with John Hampden GP Surgery, Amersham Health Centre, Rectory Meadow Surgery, Hughenden Valley Surgery & The Practice Prospect House. They are also embedded in Maple Primary Care Network which covers patients registered with Oakfield Surgery, The Mandeville practice & Poplar Grove Surgery.

Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through GP referral to non-medical Community Link Workers (CLW’s) based in GP surgeries who give time, focus on ‘what matters to me’ and take a holistic approach, connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Community Link Workers work collaboratively with all local partners.

Social prescribing can help to strengthen community resilience and personal resilience and reduces health inequalities by addressing the wider determinants of health, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity, by increasing people’s active involvement with their local communities. It particularly works for people with long-term conditions (including support for mental health), for people who are lonely or isolated or have complex social needs that affect their wellbeing.

Referrals are through GP’s and Practice staff only.