Community Link Workers

A Community Link Worker is a generalist social practitioner based in a GP practice serving an area with high levels of health inequalities.

By working together over a number of sessions, the CLW can offer non-clinical support to the patient, enabling them to set goals and overcome barriers in order that they can take greater control of their health and well-being. By using ‘good conversations’ the CLW supports people to identify problems and issues they are experiencing and to talk about what really matters to them. They support people to achieve their goals by helping them to identify and access relevant resources or services in their community.

A CLW also maps local services, engaging with the developing relationships with these services. They will keep practice teams informed of the status of existing and new services and identify any local service gaps.

The Health Agency currently employs one CLW, Julie Roxburgh, as a joint partnership with Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership funded by the Scottish Government. Julie is based full time in Wester Hailes Medical Practice, accepting referrals from clinical staff for registered patients over 16.