Development opportunities

Each region of England has a learning coordinator, who will support you and your colleagues in your new role. They have experience of either being link workers or managing and developing social prescribing schemes.

They will focus on your learning and development needs. They will also develop peer support networks so that you can regularly meet with other link workers in your area to support one another and to share best practice. They will also bring in specialist trainers to guide you through speci c topics, for example, what local advice services are available or how best to keep people active in their communities.

Sophie Glinka: Sophie works for both the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care partnership (in the Person Centred and Community Approaches team as Social Prescribing Lead) and The Bureau Glossop; a medium sized charity with a focus on community health and wellbeing.

At the Bureau Sophie has developed a VCSE-led social prescribing scheme embedded within the local integrated neighbourhood structure, which has been up and running for two years.

She has experience of all aspects of social prescribing design, development and implementation at both a local and regional level, with hands-on experience of dealing with current opportunities and challenges. She is looking forward to supporting the growth of social prescribing on a wider geographical footprint, seeing its huge potential to both transform health and social care and develop and grow the VCSE.

Charlotte Leonardhsen: Charlotte has worked as regional learning coordinator since September 2019. Her background is in health and wellbeing, having worked as a nurse and in the leisure industry primarily focussing on physical activity and people with long term conditions.

Charlotte also works at The Bureau, the community and voluntary network in Glossop. Initially, as health and wellbeing manager, she was responsible for the development and delivery of the Glossopdale social prescribing scheme, supervising and developing link workers, and managing the contract with their PCN link worker. Now, in her role as Partnerships Developments lead for the Bureau, Charlotte is focusing on delivering link worker support in the West Midlands and Greater Manchester, as well as project managing the implementation of a social prescribing software platform in Greater Manchester. She also delivers training in person-centred coaching within a health setting for social & clinical staff in Tameside and Glossop.

The social prescribing NHS Futures collaboration platform is an online network for sharing resources and for discussion. Membership is open to link workers, PCNs and colleagues involved in social prescribing. To join email

The North West Social Prescribing Network (NW SP Network) is part of a national network which is supported by NHS England and coordinated by the University of Westminster. In the North West it is hosted by Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW) and co-chaired by Jo Ward, Changemaker, and Warren Escadale, Chief Executive of VSNW.

Our core objective is to be at the forefront in social prescribing and we aim to:

  • Engage and support health and social care leaders and decision-makers
  • Develop the evidence base for excellence in social prescribing
  • Build stronger working relationships between acute, primary, community and social care and effective, sustainable, local community action

To become a member or discuss being a member please contact Jo Ward by email: or telephone: 07708 428096, or you can complete our registration page and sign-up online.

Download NHS 70 Symposium and North West Social Prescribing Network Meeting Presentations (July 2018)

The Social Prescribing Network consists of health professionals, researchers, academics, social prescribing practitioners, representatives from the community and voluntary sector, commissioners and funders, patients and citizens. The Social Prescribing Network is working together to share knowledge and best practice, to support social prescribing at a local and national levels and to inform good quality research and evaluation. Find out more at