Mid Notts link working team
Kerry Beadling Barron December 20, 2019

A new team of link workers welcomed to Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood

A team of seven super-connected link workers have joined GPs across Mid-Notts to help residents.

Link workers help people to take control of their health and wellbeing and strengthen their personal resilience by taking into account a person’s full circumstances. They connect people to diverse community groups to improve isolation alongside referring to statutory services for practical support in areas that has an impact on a person’s wellbeing such as mental health difficulties, debt, housing issues or physical/social inactivity. They work alongside clinical services like GPs to provide an additional service and are a crucial addition to the Mid-Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership.

Each of the team is linked to a local Primary Care Network across Mid-Nottinghamshire:

  • Amanda Wilson covering Newark
  • Helen Gordon covering Newark
  • Claire Haigh covering Rosewood (formerly known as Mansfield South)
  • Helen Duszynski covering Mansfield North
  • Sylvia Porter covering Ashfield North
  • Louise Redhead covering Ashfield South
  • Victoria Davies covering Sherwood

Louise Redhead is the team leader. She said: “Often people think the only answer for a physical health problem is something that can be prescribed by a Doctor.

“We know that actually helping with the social side and linking in with existing community groups and local services can greatly help with confidence, reduce isolation and improve people’s quality of life.

“We’re excited to get started and start making a difference.”

David Ainsworth, Locality Director for Mid-Nottinghamshire said: “A big welcome to the link working team who I know will make a big difference here in Mid-Nottinghamshire.”

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If you have any queries about this please contact Kerry Beadling-Barron, Director of Communications and Engagement at Mid-Nottinghamshire ICP on Kerry.beadling-barron@nhs.net