Social Prescribing Link Worker
General Practice Alliance Ltd
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General Practice Alliance (GPA) is a Federation of twenty-one GP practices in Northampton. We employ a social prescribing team covering three Primary Care Networks (PCNs), currently consisting of seven Social Prescribers, led by our OT Community Resilience Lead. We are excited to be advertising for one further Social Prescriber for Grand Union PCN to expand the team.
We are passionate about social prescribing and supporting and developing our staff, we work as a team and meet to share expertise and learning regularly. We see Social Prescribers as an essential and integral part of practice teams.
Main duties of the job
We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic, self-motivated, empathetic, and strong communicators who are good at problem solving to join our team. In return we offer an attractive employment package, including pension and competitive annual leave. You will be part of a growing team, with supportive and friendly social prescribers and practice teams.
Further details can be found in the Job Description and Person Specification.
We would welcome the opportunity to tell you more about the role, please email to arrange a phone or video call, for more information and an informal chat.
Helen MacMillan - Personalised Care Lead: email@example.com
Please apply using the standard NHS Jobs application form.
Interviews will take place on 25th October
We are a forward thinking organisation, with Primary Care transformation at the forefront.
INSPIRE: an open culture which is respectful and honest, leading by example and encouraging all people to have a voice.
DEVELOP: develop resilience in people, communities, and sustainable services.
INNOVATE: support service transformation seeking innovative solutions to challenges.
In return for your fantastic people skills and commitment we offer a unique set of rewards and benefits that you can make the most out of:
- NHS Pension
- Flexible Working
- Employee Discount Schemes Youll have access to a range of exclusive benefits such as the Blue Light Card which provides members with access to over 15,000 discounts online and on the high street!
- Wellbeing Offer includes Employee Assistance Programme, Wellbeing portal, feeling good app.
- Discounted Trilogy Supergold Membership Package.
Primary Care Networks have been established to bring together resources from a range of different organisations to deliver holistic integrated health, social and care support for their local population.
As a Social Prescribing Link Worker (SPLW), you will work as a key part of the primary care network (PCN) multidisciplinary team. Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to non-medical link workers who give time to focus on what matters to me. They take a holistic approach, connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. SPLWs support existing groups to be accessible and sustainable and work collaboratively with all local partners.
Be proactive in developing strong links with staff within your local GP surgeries to encourage referrals, recognising what they need to be confident in the service to make appropriate referrals.
Work in partnership with all local agencies to raise awareness of social prescribing and how partnership working can reduce pressure on statutory services, improve health outcomes and enable a holistic approach to care.
Provide your local GP surgeries with regular updates about social prescribing, including training for their staff and how to access information to encourage appropriate referrals.
Seek regular feedback about the quality of service and impact of social prescribing on your local GP surgeries.
Provide personalised support
Meet people on a one-to-one basis, in the surgery, local community or making home visits where appropriate within organisations policies and procedures. Give people time to tell their stories and focus on what matters to me.
Help people identify the wider issues that impact on their health and wellbeing, such as debt, poor housing, being unemployed, loneliness and caring responsibilities.
Work with the person, their families and carers and consider how they can all be supported through social prescribing.
Help people maintain or regain independence through living skills, adaptations, enablement approaches and simple safeguards.
Work with individuals to co-produce a simple personalised support plan based on the persons priorities, interests, values and motivations including what they can expect from the groups, activities and services they are being connected to and what the person can do for themselves to improve their health and wellbeing.
Where appropriate, physically introduce people to community groups, activities and statutory services, ensuring they are comfortable. Follow up to ensure they are happy, able to engage, included and receiving good support.
Where people may be eligible for a personal health budget, help them to explore this option as a way of providing funded, personalised support to be independent, including helping people to gain skills for meaningful employment, where appropriate.
Support community groups and VCSE organisations to receive referrals
Forge strong links with local VCSE organisations, community and neighbourhood level groups, utilising their networks and building on whats already available to create a map or menu of community groups and assets. Use these opportunities to promote micro-commissioning or small grants if available.
Develop supportive relationships with local VCSE organisations, community groups and statutory services, to make timely, appropriate and supported referrals for the person being introduced.
Ensure that local community groups and VCSE organisations being referred to have basic procedures in place for ensuring that vulnerable individuals are safe and, where there are safeguarding concerns, work with all partners to deal appropriately with issues. Where such policies and procedures are not in place, support groups to work towards this standard before referrals are made to them.
Check that community groups and VCSE organisations meet in insured premises and that health and safety requirements are in place. Where such policies and procedures are not in place, support groups to work towards this standard before referrals are made to them.
Support local groups to act in accordance with information governance policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with GDPR.
Work collectively with all local partners to ensure community groups are strong and sustainable
Work with GPs, PCNs and wider Multi-Disciplinary teams as required.
Work with commissioners and local partners to identify unmet needs within the community and gaps in community provision and support development of new groups and services where needed, through small grants for community groups, micro-commissioning and development support.
Encourage people who have been connected to community support through social prescribing to volunteer and give their time freely to others, in order to build their skills and confidence, and strengthen community resilience.
Develop a team of volunteers within your service to provide buddying support for people, starting new groups and finding creative community solutions to local issues.
Encourage people, their families and carers to provide peer support and to do things together, such as setting up new community groups or volunteering.
Provide a regular confidence survey to community groups receiving referrals, to ensure that they are strong, sustained and have the support they need to be part of social prescribing.
Work sensitively with people, their families and carers to capture key information, enabling tracking of the impact of social prescribing on their health and wellbeing.
Encourage people, their families and carers to provide feedback and to share their stories about the impact of social prescribing on their lives.
Support referrers to provide appropriate information about the person they are referring. Use systm1 to track the persons progress. Provide appropriate feedback to referral agencies about the people they referred.
Skills and Knowledge
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.