Social Prescribing Link Worker

Gillingham Medical Practice


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Job summary

Are you a good listener? Do you enjoy helping people? Do you want to empower people to improve their health and their social circumstances? Do you have a passion for people?

Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referrals to Social Prescribers who give time, focus on what matters to me and take a holistic approach to an individuals health and wellbeing, connecting people to diverse community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Social Prescribers also support existing groups to be accessible and sustainable and help people to start new community groups, working collaboratively with all local diverse partners

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have the ability to liaise with staff at all levels and work effectively as part of a team as well as being able to work autonomously. The successful candidate must be confident, a good listener, have time for people and be committed to supporting local communities to care for each other. A strong commitment to personal and professional development and teamwork are essential for this role.

About us

We are a professional and friendly team caring for approximately 12,500 patients in Gillingham, North Dorset and the surrounding villages.

This is a permanent position 30 hours a week, however may be flexible - can be discussed at interview. The salary is B4 - B5 negotiable depending on experience. We offer 5 weeks annual leave (pro rata) and the chance to join or continue on in the NHS Pension Scheme. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK. Role will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. Applicant must have access to own transport and ability to travel across the locality on a regular basis, including visiting people in their own homes. The deadline for receiving applications is Monday 19th July 2021.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job responsibilities

The Social Prescriber will provide personalised support to patients, their families and carers, to take control of their health and wellbeing, live independently and improve their health access and outcomes. They will develop trusting relationships with these patients by giving them time and focus on what matters to me.

The Social Prescriber will take a holistic approach, based on the patients priorities and the wider determinants of health and take referrals from the practice and a wide range of agencies such as pharmacies, hospital discharge teams, fire service, police, job centres, social care services, housing associations, and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations (list not exhaustive).

The Social Prescriber will work with a diverse range of people and communities, to draw on and increase the strengths and capacities of local communities, enabling local VCSE organisations and community groups to receive social prescribing referrals.

  • To work with patients to co-produce a personalised care/support plan to address the patients health and wellbeing needs based on the patients priorities, interests, values, cultural and religious/faith needs and motivations including what they can expect from the groups, activities and services they are being connected to and what the patient can do for themselves to improve their health and wellbeing.
  • To educate fellow non-clinical and clinical staff within the practice on what other services are available within the community and how and when patients can access them.
  • To provide support in a variety of ways such as telephone conversations, group settings and one-to one/face to face conversations.
  • To be a friendly and engaging source of information about health, wellbeing and prevention approaches.
  • To keep up to date and familiar with a wide range of local resources, groups and opportunities that may be relevant to people using this service.
  • To build relationships with staff in the practice and to be proactive in developing strong links with all local agencies to encourage referrals, recognising what they need to be confident in the service to make appropriate referrals
  • To attend relevant practice meetings, giving information and feedback on social prescribing.
  • To be proactive in encouraging equality and inclusion, through self-referrals and connecting with all diverse local communities, particularly those communities that statutory agencies may find hard to reach.
  • To ensure patient confidentiality, respect, and dignity is adhered to at all times.

Person Specification



  • Good working knowledge of healthcare in Gillingham Medical Practice and and the local community.


  • Previously worked in similar position within public sector.

Essential Skills


  • Excellent skills for communication, managing multiple sources of information requiring developed interpersonal and oral/written communication skills.
  • Networking and persuasive skills.
  • Problem-solving skills and ability to respond to sudden, unexpected demands.
  • Excellent time-management skills with the ability to prioritise.
  • Ability to work within The Gillingham Medical Practice team to contribute to planning of services that support full implementation of social prescribing into the Primary Care offer.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and organise own workload with minimal supervision working to tight and often challenging timescales.
  • Self-motivation
  • Adaptability
  • Full driving licence



  • Educated to A level in relevant subject or equivalent level of experience of working at a similar level in the public or third sectors. (Paid or voluntary)

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants.

Employer details

Employer name

Gillingham Medical Practice


Barn Surgery





Employer's website

For help with your application, contact:

Karen Rhys


Date posted

25 June 2021

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Job locations

Barn Surgery





Marlott Road




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