Community Innovation Lead
Grange Road Surgery
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Could you help us improve health and wellbeing in South Bristol? We are recruiting a Community Innovation Lead to strengthen links between our GP practices and the voluntary and community sector. The post holder will bring an in-depth understanding of the local VCS landscape and of working with the sector to increase capacity to prevent ill health.
As Community Innovation Lead you will use your knowledge of VCS support and activity taking place across the areas our surgeries cover and use that knowledge to support our patients.
South Bristol Locality Partnership is one of six place-based Locality Partnerships within the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Integrated Care System (ICS). Locality Partnerships work at a local level with their communities to improve wellbeing & health. Each Locality Partnership focuses on a given area and population and designs services that fit in with peoples lives. Locality Partnerships are made up of local health, social care and local, plus wider, voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations. Together they seek to work as one team to understand what matters most to their local community. They then share their expertise, experiences, and knowledge to improve services for their population and try to ensure people are at the heart of every decision. The new way of working together allows health, care and VCS professionals to collaborate, align and integrate approaches and services.
Main duties of the job
Main duties of the job
The role will work principally between the Primary Care Network (but also with the wider Locality Partnership) and the voluntary and community sector (VCS). This will help build relationships as well as an understanding of the needs and potential for all parties, in order to help make working together easier. The role recognises and leverages the expertise and potential of all parties.
The full job description is detailed below.
Swift PCN - GP practices are working together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospitals, and VCS services in their local areas in groups of practices known as primary care networks (PCNs). PCNs build on existing primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated wellbeing, health and social care for people close to home. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively caring for the people and communities they serve. The Swift PCN covers the central and southern area of South Bristol and includes 8 practices and serves a population of approximately 77,000 people.
What is unique about the Community Innovation & Development Lead role is that they will work at a local operational level, bringing together different stakeholders within Swift PCN. Their time will not be consumed by assessing patients and then referring them to some form of community provision, into the health and/ or social care system, or handling specific cases themselves. The role is both operational and strategic, aimed at ensuring that the different stakeholders involved in the wellbeing & health of our local communities are working effectively together.
The Community Innovation & Development Leads role is to:
Bridge the differences in working cultures, languages and approaches principally between the PCN (but also the wider NHS and Bristol City Council (BCC) Social Care) and the voluntary and community sector (VCS). This will help build relationships as well as an understanding of the needs and potential for all parties, in order to help make working together easier. The role recognises and leverages the expertise and potential of all parties.
Bring an in-depth understanding of the local VCS landscape, as well as communities of interest, into the GP surgeries; (from here the use of GP surgery will also mean the plural) and vice versa.
Bring a good working knowledge of the huge variety of VCS services and activities taking place in each GP surgery location and have the time to stay up to date (using whatever systems exist or are developed).
Have the time to make connections with local (and wider) VCS organisations, services, activities.
Develop a strategic network of contacts to be informed of, and influence, NHS, ICB, BCC, VCS and other agendas that affect the local communities (with a wellbeing & health focus).
Represent the GP surgery/PCN/s and community health issues on key strategic groups.
GPs are under great pressure to deliver against the new PCN contract with a large number of service specifications to try and implement. The Community Innovation & Development Lead can act as the conduit between community services, people/ patients and the GP, or primary care system, at the Swift PCN level. This role can have the time to build and nurture relationships, plus create the trust that will release the capacity in the VCS and local communities and make it a far more integrated (recognised and valued) part of the local wellbeing & health offer.
Identify potential funding (locally and nationally) to support innovative local wellbeing & health initiatives and, where appropriate, facilitate co-produced (with local people), multi-agency (including VCS organisations) applications.
Be the liaison between the GP surgery and local VCS organisations to align the support and capacity building of local community assets to support community wellbeing & health (e.g. volunteering, local organisations, PPGs, etc).
Where possible, advocate for, and support, the development of VCS community businesses that work within the local wellbeing & health ecology/ economy in order to enable sustainability, the local cycling of money, as well as their ability to work more with (ill-health) prevention and early intervention.