The LINKS Event
Wednesday, 1 April 2015 from 09:30 to 16:30 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Learn, Inspire, Network, Know, Share
Sometimes information isn’t enough. Sometimes the referral systems are too difficult to navigate. Sometimes services are tricky to access. Sometimes the thought of walking in to a room is terrifying. Sometimes you don’t know where to go. Sometimes you don’t want to have to tell your story again and again and again. Sometimes it helps just to share your journey.
This is where 'links workers' come in. The role of Links Workers, Community Connectors, Navigators and Practitioners is increasingly being recognised as a vital role in supporting people to live well in their community.
Across Scotland there are a number of innovative approaches that aim to support people to connect in to their local community assets. Many of these approaches see the primary care team as key to this approach.
This event will share learning across people and programmes interested in community-connected primary care and ‘links’ approaches and launch the Links Worker programme's Record of Learning. Each delegate will be issued with a hard copy of each of these modules to take away on the day.
The day will be highly interactive and delegates can choose to attend three topic-based workshops where they will explore how other people and programmes are operating and what they are learning. If you are interested in speaking at this event or being involved in a workshop, please contact Mark Charlton, Programme Director for the Links Worker Programme via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who should attend?
The day is aimed at anybody interested in community connected primary care and links approaches. We think that the people most likely to benefit from attending include:
- Programme and project managers
- Operational managers
- Third sector organisations
- Links workers
- Health and social care staff
- Practice Managers
- Health Improvement Practitioners
- Practice nurses / District nurses
- Allied Health Professionals
The Links Worker role:
This workshop will explore the various links worker roles that exist including details such as ‘case load’, job description, knowledge and skills, support and supervision etc. Participants will also have an opportunity to hear from links workers about their experiences and ask questions relating to the links worker role.
Planning a links project:
In this workshop, participants will consider what to include when planning a links project and leave with some practical tools.
Participants will consider various methods of evaluating links approaches. They will hear from evaluators of two links/signposting programmes as well as an ethnographer.
A GP practice's story:
Participants will hear from a GP, Practice Manager and Community Links Practitioner about how they work together and the outcomes of their approach.
Volunteers empowering communities:
Participants will learn about how volunteering is a catalyst for health improvement and explore how to engage volunteers from diverse communities and backgrounds. Participants will also explore how to empower volunteers to take on lead/senior roles in their communities.
Introduction to ALISS, what it is and how it could benefit practices and community assets.
Value based reflective practice
We all want to do the best for the people we support, but sometimes we feel that other pressures get in the way. Values based reflective practice, which has been developed by NHS Scotland, provides a structured way to reflect with peers in order to reconnect with professional values and improve future practice. Come and see what happens in a vbrp session, hear how this approach has been used in the Links programme and take away some tools you can use in your own practice.