Social Prescribing Link Worker Training

Social Prescribing at the Bromley by Bow Centre

Over the past decade the Bromley by Bow Centre has worked extensively to support the development and growth of social prescribing nationally and internationally. We are founding members of the National Social Prescribing Network and are Social Prescribing Regional Facilitators for London for NHS England.

Our social prescribing schemes have grown and developed substantially over the last decade allowing us to develop significant experience and insight which we share with others. A key element of our training involves practitioner led knowledge sharing of both Social Prescribing as a service and as Social Prescribing Link Workers (SPLW) role. The Bromley by Bow Social Prescribing scheme consists of a general practice based social prescribing scheme serving, since 2012, a primary care network (PCN) of six GP practices with 53,000 registered patients.

On this page, view options for training courses for Social Prescribing Link Workers:

  • Trauma, bereavement and mental health online training (2 x 2hrs live sessions + 1 pre-recorded session) – Book now for the July course
  • Social Welfare Advice and Welfare Benefits training (3 x 2hrs30 live sessions) – Book now for the June course
  • Digital inclusion online training (1 x 2hrs30 live session + 1 pre-recorded session) – Book now for a 27th April session
  • Essential skills and knowledge for Link Workers – a five-session course (5 x 2hrs30 live sessions + pre-recorded tutorials) – Book now for the July 3-unit training
  • Full accredited Level 3 Social Prescribing Qualification (3 days of online teaching per month across 7 months)


Social Welfare Advice and Welfare Benefits training for Link Workers

This course is delivered by the Bromley by Bow Centre and the Benefits Training Company.


Improve understanding of social welfare advice needs and the welfare benefits system, enabling better identification of those in need of advice and improved ability to support and refer clients as needed.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Be able to identify signs that someone has a social welfare advice issue
  • Build knowledge on the range of issues social welfare advice services can support with
  • Understand what a link worker can help with and what needs to be addressed by a trained advisor
  • Understand how to make an effective referral to social welfare advice services
  • Understand how the benefits system is structured and who can claim each of the benefits which make up the system
  • Be able to complete a basic benefits check to ensure people are claiming their likely entitlements
  • Know how to check that a benefits decision is correct and what to do if it is not

Individual course bookings are now open for the June course! The three sessions will be on Thursday 8th, 15th and 22nd June at 10:00-12:30. Book now by clicking here to get the early bird rate

Get in touch at to discuss training a whole team.

Digital inclusion online training for Link Workers

This is a training course focusing on Digital Inclusion in times of COVID-19. Composed of 1 x 2h30 live session + 1 pre-recorded session, the training will cover topics including:

  1. Understand the context of Digital Inclusion – barriers and opportunities
  2. Assessing Digital Exclusion – Identify and overcome barriers, especially for those with least access 
  3. Be more confident to use new forms of technology when supporting people & working remotely 
  4. Understand how to build local connections digitally
  5. Apply ethics and safeguarding considerations around digitalisation
  6. Awareness of national best practice, services and organisations that support our communities to become more digitally active

We can deliver sessions for groups of Link Workers, get in touch to learn more.

Next training sessions will be held on Tuesday 27th April 2021 at 10:00-12:30.

The price per attendee is £50 until 26th March and £65 after 26th March.

Book your place now by clicking here

Trauma, bereavement and mental health online training for Link Workers

Training for staff in health and community settings in working with and supporting clients who have suffered from bereavement, whether related or not to the COVID-19 situation. Composed of 2 x 2h live sessions + 1 pre-recorded session, the training covers topics including:

  • Introduction of the principles of bereavement and its characteristics
  • How to assess clients and identify the issue
  • The role of social prescribing link workers
  • Core interactive skills through practical role play
  • Journey and destinations – what does the trajectory look like for the client over 3 or six sessions?
  • Looking after yourself
  • Safeguarding

Book your place now for the open course on July 1st and 8th July!

We can deliver sessions for groups of Link Workers, get in touch to learn more.

Certificate in Social Prescribing

Level Three Qualification in Social Prescribing

What is it?

The Bromley by Bow Centre with partners, University of East London and Conexus have devised a fully accredited Level Three Qualification and is awarded by Certa, part of the Skills and Education Group. This course is spread across 7 months and includes 3 days of online teaching per month. 

We have spaces left on our September enrolment which will be fully online. This is a perfect opportunity for social prescribing service managers, link workers, health coaches, care coordinators, community navigators and similar community development roles.  

At the end of the course: 

  • Broaden you practical skills and gain in depth knowledge of social prescribing 
  • Benefit from the latest research and knowledge from researchers, expert practitioners and leaders at the forefront of social prescribing 
  • A full Level Three Qualification in Social Prescribing  

The course is £3,000 per learner but discounts available when organisations purchase 2+ places.  

Who is it for?

If you are looking to expand your knowledge of social prescribing as a service and the role of link workers

  • Social Prescribing managers and commissioners
  • Social prescribing link workers
  • Community navigators
  • Care coordinators
  • Social prescribing coordinators
  • Community connectors
  • Care navigators
  • Health trainers

To learn more visit: or to register and talk further contact


Essential skills and knowledge for Link Workers – a five-session course

The Bromley by Bow Centre have developed a suite of online training units based on five different topics. The full suite can be delivered to organisations employing link workers, and is a great way for link workers from a similar geography to enrol onto the course. The training is designed for link workers to adapt their holistic way of working to an online setting in the context of the recovery period of COVID-19.  

This training can also be tailored to suit whole primary care teams to include, receptionists, care navigators, care coordinators, health coaches, community navigators and other similar roles.  

We cover the following topics based on remote working, and working during COVID-19 crisis and recovery period:  

  1. Supporting vulnerable people over the phone 
  2. Behaviour change and motivational interviewing approaches when working remotely  
  3. Peer Supervision 
  4. Data outcomes, impact and evaluation  
  5. Community based provision when working remotely 

What our attendees have said:

Really enjoyed this session – a nice mix covered and felt like a warm, safe space to share.

I really enjoyed the interactive element of the session, especially helpful was the role play and opportunity to reflect on this.


We can host training sessions in cohorts up to 25 (15 minimum and 25 maximum). 

Book now as an individual:

July course registration here

Get a quote for a group:

If you’re an organisation seeking to upskill and develop your team then register your interest here

Contact Freedom Duma, our Social Prescribing Link Worker Training Manager


Get in touch about social prescribing link worker training at:

020 8709 9741