top of page

Becoming a Social Prescribing Link Worker !

In the south of Ireland, Social Prescribing Link Workers come from diverse professional backgrounds, including Community Work, Social Sciences (such as Sociology), Psychology, Counselling and Coaching, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Art Therapy, Health Promotion, and more.

According to the HSE Social Prescribing Framework (pages 50-51), candidates are expected to have a degree in Social, Community, Health, or a related field. At a minimum, they should hold a third-level qualification in a Social, Community, Health, or a related field.


Who Employes Social Prescribing Link Workers?

Social Prescribing Link Workers are employed by various organisations, including Family Resource Centres, Local Development Companies, GP Surgeries, and educational institutions. Many of these positions are funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE)

For job opportunities in Social Prescribing, useful websites include and

The HSE Social Prescribing Framework (pages 50-51) provides a comprehensive sample job description.

Universal Qualities of a Social Prescribing Link Worker!

A Social Prescribing Link Worker should possess a range of qualities that enable them to effectively support and enhance the health and wellbeing of their community. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are fundamental, as they must be able to connect with individuals, understand their needs, and convey information clearly and compassionately. Demonstrating empathy and understanding in their interactions is crucial, as it helps build trust and rapport with diverse populations. This role requires cultural sensitivity and inclusiveness, ensuring all community members feel respected and valued.

In addition to these interpersonal skills, a Social Prescribing Link Worker should have the ability to work independently and make sound decisions. Excellent organisational and time management abilities are essential to efficiently handle multiple tasks and responsibilities. They must be able to prioritise effectively and manage their workload to meet the needs of those they serve.

Problem-solving skills and adaptability are also key qualities for a Social Prescribing Link Worker. They must be able to assess situations, identify potential issues, and develop effective strategies to address them. A proactive approach is necessary to anticipate the needs of the community and to implement solutions that promote overall wellbeing. Commitment to improving community health and a proactive attitude are indispensable in fulfilling the responsibilities of this role. By embodying these qualities, a Social Prescribing Link Worker can significantly and positively impact the lives of those within their community.

Educational Pathways to Becoming a Social Prescribing Link Worker.


To find out more, contact the

ATU Sligo Admissions Office
T: 353 (0) 71 931 8511

The Certificate in Social Prescribing online programme is designed to provide current and aspiring Social Prescribing Link Workers with comprehensive, evidence-based education and training. It focuses on equipping participants with essential knowledge, skills, and competencies needed in the field, emphasizing accessible and practical learning. The programme aims to develop students' abilities to communicate effectively with participants and stakeholders, identify and utilize local expertise and resources, coordinate and facilitate various programs and activities, write reports and funding applications, and conduct evaluations to support community health and well-being. By strengthening the role of Social Prescribers, it ensures students are well-prepared to address the diverse needs of their local populations. Through guest lectures and online seminars delivered by experts, the programme highlights the importance of engaging with allied health professionals and community practitioners to foster collaboration and better support participants' needs. Graduates will have a robust understanding of Social Prescribing and the practical skills to leverage local resources, manage health initiatives, author comprehensive reports, secure funding, and continuously improve community health services, significantly impacting their communities through informed, collaborative, and effective practices.

bottom of page