Social Prescribing Link Worker
Prince of Wales Medical Centre
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In 2021 a new and exciting partnership between the Prince of Wales Group Practice and the Castlehaven Community Association was set up. We are looking to recruit a social prescribing link worker to work with Prince of Wales Group Practice patients and other referrals within the Castlehaven Community Centre.
Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to non-medical link workers who give time, focus on what matters to me and take a holistic approach, connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Link workers support existing groups to be accessible and sustainable and help people to start new community groups, working collaboratively with all local partners.
This is a full time position based at both Castlehaven Community Association, London NW1 8RU and Prince of Wales Group Practice, London, NW5 3LN
Interview date 16th November 2021
Main duties of the job
Working within an integrated model of care to support the health and wellbeing of patients working closely with the Prince of Wales Group Practice GPs, the Castlehaven Community Association staff and with the Primary Care network (PCN) multidisciplinary team, and Social Prescribing and Care Navigation Service you will aim to:
Have a holistic approach to care planning and co-ordination of an individuals health and wellbeing
Connecting people to diverse community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support
Stronger community and personal resilience, reduce health inequalities and wellbeing inequalities
Address wider determinants of health, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity
Work with Community Links to support existing groups to be accessible and sustainable and help people to start new community groups
Information/advice about a range of services to promote health and wellbeing and maintain independence within communities
Reducing demand on statutory services and to combat unnecessary GP appointments
The Castlehaven Community Association is an award-winning community-led charity that manages a 4-acre campus of community buildings and facilities (a community centre, horticultural hub, community park, multisport pitch & an under 5s nursery) in the heart of Camden Lock. Castlehaven works inclusively for the benefit of the whole community but prioritises services for those most disadvantaged e.g. young people, isolated elderly and families. Castlehaven has a friendly, hard-working, and committed staff team, who have made Castlehaven the success it is today.
The Prince of Wales Medical Centre is a GP practice that provides health care and wellbeing support for residents living in Kentish Town and surrounding areas.
- Take referrals from the Prince of Wales Medical Group and Castlehaven Community Association and a wide range of agencies including other Camden GP practices, local pharmacies; hospital discharge teams; police; social care services; housing associations and allied health professionals.
- Develop knowledge of local services to enable the individual to access a range of services to meet their needs and ensure individuals are engaged and connected with their local community and other organisations to make best use of resources.
- Assess how a patients health and wellbeing needs can be met by services and other opportunities that are available in the community.
- Produce a simple personalised care plan to address the patients health and wellbeing needs by introducing or reconnecting people to community groups or statutory services.
- Evaluate how actions in the care and support plan are meeting the individuals health and wellbeing needs.
- Provide personalised support to individuals, their families, and carers to take control of their health and wellbeing, live independently and improve their health outcomes.
- Develop trusting relationships by giving people time and focus on what matters to them
- Take a holistic approach based on the persons priorities and the wider determinants of health.
- Set up support groups and activities in the community to help those suffering with long term health conditions such as Diabetes, Heart Disease etc. Offering them a welcoming space to meet others, set achievable goals and learn more about their illness, whilst learning new techniques to improve their health and wellbeing.
- Need to manage and prioritise their own caseload in accordance with the health and wellbeing needs of their population and refer people back to other health professionals within the Prince of Wales Group Practice and beyond.
- Increase the strengths and capacities of local communities, enabling local voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations (VCSE) and community groups to receive social prescribing referrals.
- Work collaboratively with all local partners to contribute towards supporting local VCSE organisations and community groups to become sustainable through sharing intelligence regarding any gaps or problems identified in local provision with commissioners and local authorities.
- Inform and advise Prince of Wales Medical Centre GPs and primary care staff, either written or verbally, about what services are available within the community and how and when patients can access them.
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.