Meet the social prescribing team

Meet the social prescribing team

We have commissioned the social prescribing service to support those ‘shielded’ patients who are identified as at-risk during the Covid-19 pandemic. To allow you to put a friendly face to the name and voice, we hope this page helps you spot who you are talking to.  The social prescribers work for West Lancashire CVS (Council for Voluntary Services) and will be working closely with local GP practices. We can certify this team has been commissioned by us to help you at this time.


Jacqui Sutton
Development and Strategic Lead – West Lancs CVS Social Prescribing Service
Mobile: 07598552972

I have worked in health and social care for over 30 years working in both the voluntary community faith sector and public sector. Until 2015 I was a Locality Commissioning Manager for Lancashire County Council (LCC) and the lead Commissioner for Dementia, and Long Term Health Conditions. In January 2015, I became the founding Director of Power of Music (North West) CIC developed to support people living with a long term health condition through the power of music.  In my spare time my big passion is music. As a musician playing the saxophone I play in several local swing and jazz bands.


Nicci Sutton-Kelsall
Team Leader – West Lancs CVS Social Prescribing Service
Mobile: 07598552967

My name is Nicci & I am a Team Leader in the West Lancashire Social Prescribing Service. I am also the Social Media Lead for West Lancs CVS. Between 2018 – 2020 I worked as a Social Prescribing Link Worker for the Skelmersdale Social Prescribing Service and I was involved in the development of this pilot project. I have worked for West Lancs CVS for the last 7 years. My background experience and education is in Health & Social Care, specifically Rehabilitation and Children, Schools and Families. My passions are health, fitness and nutrition.


Rebekah Boyd
Team Leader – West Lancs CVS Social Prescribing Service
Mobile: 07598552973

Hi there, my name is Rebekah and I’m a Social Prescribing Team Leader at West Lancashire CVS. I’m passionate about helping local community members to live their best life, and I’m here to connect you with local services which can help you to have good health and wellbeing.


Steve Hegge
Team Leader – West Lancs CVS Social Prescribing Service
Mobile: 07598552947

My name is Steve Heggie and in my past I have served in the Royal Marines and the Fire Service. For the past 14 years I have worked in Mental Health and most recently West Lancashire Community Restart promoting Social Inclusion.  I am currently a Team Leader with the West Lancashire CVS Social Prescribing Team and striving to make a difference.


Gillian Blane
Link Worker – West Lancs CVS Social Prescribing Service
Mobile: 07598 552969

I’m really happy to be working as a social prescribing Link Worker at West Lancs CVS. Social Prescribing Service. I’ve been involved in the VCF sector in both volunteering roles and worked in many VCF organisations at various levels for more than 35 years. My first volunteer role in West Lancashire was with West Lancs CAB and I’m still a volunteer at Inspire (West Lancs Substance misuse service). When I have any spare time I love going out on our motorbike with my husband.


Gill White
Link Worker – West Lancs CVS Social Prescribing Service
Mobile: 07598552937

I have recently joined West Lancs CVS as a social prescriber Link Worker. My professional background is in health and social care. During my carer I have worked with a number of charitable organisations in the following roles Carer Support Manager, Carer in Employment Manager, Community Connector Sefton CVS and most recently as a Dementia support Manager with the Alzheimer’s society. I was born in London and moved to the North West (Maghull) after meeting me husband Jeff who is originally from Anfield. I have two grown up children and three grandchildren.


Rachel Wheble
Link Worker
Mobile: 07598 552964

I joined the West Lancs CVS Social Prescribing team in April 2019. Previously I have worked in community development, emergency food provision, and local food initiatives. I grew up on a farm and I love the outdoors, reading and trains.


Lawrence Smye-Rumsby
Link Worker – West Lancs CVS Social Prescribing Service
Mobile: 07598552955

In March 2020, I became a Social Prescribing Link Worker in West Lancs CVS Social Prescribing Service having previously joined the team in August 2018 as a part-time support worker with asylum seekers. I moved to Skelmersdale in 1979 to take up my first teaching post in a primary school, within the town. My teaching career continued for 36 years during which time I became a Head Teacher in two Lancashire schools. Following my retirement from teaching in 2015 I have undertaken various voluntary and faith based roles.  I am married with 3 children and 5 grandchildren.


Kevin Connolly
Link Worker – West Lancs CVS Social Prescribing Service
Mobile: 07542767927

Originally I trained as an Engineer with British Petroleum; this employment afforded me the opportunity to travel the world and immerse myself in different cultures, on returning to the UK I decided to change my career and moved into healthcare, initially with the Autistic Society and later with the NHS, firstly as a Band 3 Mental Health Support Worker, and later becoming an Associate Practitioner. In 2007 I accepted a position on the Children’s & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

Further education is a passion of mine so in 2010 I completed a Degree in Social Work BSC Hons, in 2016 an MA in Social Work at Edge Hill University and in 2019 I gained my PG Cert in Primary Care Mental Health Practice. Since July 2019, I have been working in the Northern Parishes area of West Lancashire as a Social Navigator, supporting individuals to remain independent and enjoy good health and wellbeing


Debbie Leyland
Administrator – West Lancs CVS Social Prescribing Service
Mobile: 07598552938

I have always worked in health care settings, as a secretary and administrator, initially in a hospital, working for the Principal Social Worker, and then for 26 years at the Royal College of GPs, where I was an Events Administrator. I like interacting with people and finding solutions to problems and running events presented many challenging problems. I am Chair of Governors at a local Primary School, which can be a very demanding role at times but is also very rewarding. I am the GDPR representative at my church and sit on the PCC. When I have any downtime I enjoy socialising with friends, reading, researching my family tree, walking and spending time with family, especially my grandson.

Last updated on 2 July 2020 at 12:39 by markbritton