Supporting healthcare professionals through challenging times

Creative Health & Social Prescribing: Workforce Development (Linkworkers)

03.02.21 - 25.02.21

For link workers and social prescribers in Southwark and Merton


This online modular course supports link workers and social prescribers to build an understanding of how arts and culture can play a key role in healthcare and social prescribing.

Over four 2 hour modules, the course will support self-care and wellbeing for link workers themselves; verbal and non-verbal communication with colleagues, GPs and clients; and confidence-building to talk to clients about arts activities available. Participants will explore the arts and health sector, review case studies, be introduced to the work of arts organisations in the area, and consider ways of identifying clients who could benefit from involvement in cultural activities.

In the final module GPs, link workers, social prescribers and arts organisations will come together to explore how to create a healthy, creative community.

The content of this course has been informed by a series of conversations with link workers, GPs and arts organisations in Southwark and Merton.


Wednesday 3 February 2021, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Module 1 Arts and Health

Wednesday 10 February 2021, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Module 2: Practicing well & working with each other

Wednesday 17 February 2021, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Module 3: Communicating the cultural offer

Thursday 25 February 2021, 2:00-4:00pm
Module 4: Making Connections – multidisciplinary module


This course is free to attend but there are limited places. The modules build on each other as a full course, and ideally participants will commit to all four. On completing the course you will receive a certificate.

This course is part of a wider workforce development programme providing support and training for link workers, social prescribers, GPs and arts organisations about the potential of arts and culture in social prescribing.



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