Social Prescriber - Adults Team

WACA Ltd

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Job overview

We are looking for a Social Prescriber to join our Adults Team, working out of General Practices, managing a caseload of Patients.

Social Prescribing is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs, and many schemes are focused on improving mental health and physical wellbeing. Those who could benefit from social prescribing schemes include people with mild or long-term mental health problems, people with complex needs, people who are socially isolated and those with multiple long-term conditions who frequently attend either primary or secondary health care.

Ongoing career development and training opportunities will be available. Previous experience in health and social care desirable.

Main duties of the job

Conduct holistic assessments with patients to ascertain their social prescribing needs.

Signpost patients to local services/organisations depending on the individuals goals and preferences.

Supporting patients to identify set and meet achievable goals to improve their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Work with partner organisations to support the delivery of an integrated care plan whereby patients needs are met in a holistic way.

Follow up with patients and provide support on an ongoing basis.

Update patient care plans and clinical records.

Develop relationships with local health and wellbeing service providers

Build a network and knowledge of referral routes to and from service providers.

Ensure information about providers and voluntary groups is shared between the wider clinical team.

Support patients to recognise and change their current lifestyle and to identify how their way of life might affect their health and well-being.

About us

WACA is a GP Federation of 8 Primary Care Practices, providing services for a population of 73,000 patients across Airedale, Wharfedale & Craven in Yorkshire. The Primary Care Network services include: Extended Access GP Triage, Pharmacy, Social Prescribing, Physiotherapy & Mental Health Support.

We expect you to be a passionate, self-motivated individual who will possess well developed communication and listening skills and enjoy working as part of a team so together we can provide excellent care and quality in a challenging environment.

Previous experience in health and social care would be an advantage but training will be provided. What is important to have is a positive attitude; experience of working effectively both autonomously and in a team, good communication skills & the ability to go above and beyond to provide excellent Patient Care.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Conduct holistic assessments with patients to ascertain their social prescribing needs.

Signpost patients to local services/organisations depending on the individuals goals and preferences.

Supporting patients to identify set and meet achievable goals to improve their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Work with partner organisations to support the delivery of an integrated care plan whereby patients needs are met in a holistic way.

Follow up with patients and provide support on an ongoing basis.

Update patient care plans and clinical records.

Develop relationships with local health and wellbeing service providers

Build a network and knowledge of referral routes to and from service providers.

Ensure information about providers and voluntary groups is shared between the wider clinical team.

Attend and contribute to weekly multi-disciplinary team meetings.

Support patients to recognise and change their current lifestyle and to identify how their way of life might affect their health and well-being.

Person Specification

Knowledge

Essential

  • General understanding of the wider determinants of health including social, economic and environmental factors and the impact on the communities
  • Good understanding of interventions, behavioural and motivational change methodologies
  • Knowledge of IT systems, including ability to use word processing skills, emails and the internet to create simple plans and reports
  • Good understanding of social prescribing

Desirable

  • Knowledge of community developments approaches
  • Knowledge of motivational , coaching and interview skills

Qualifications

Essential

  • Educated to GCSE level or equivalent
  • NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care or other relevant professional academic qualification

Desirable

  • Health & Well-being qualification

Personal Qualities

Essential

  • Polite and confident
  • Flexible and cooperative
  • Motivated
  • Forward thinker
  • High levels of integrity and loyalty
  • Sensitive and empathetic in distressing situations, demonstrate emotional resilience
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Able to get along with people from all backgrounds and communities, respecting lifestyles and communities
  • Ability to communicate effectively , both verbally and in writing with people, their families , carers, community groups, partner agencies and stakeholders

Other Requirements

Essential

  • Flexibility to work outside core office hours
  • Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Access to own transport and ability to travel across the locality on a regular basis, including visiting people in their own home.

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of working with the general public
  • Experience of delivering lifestyle changes interventions
  • Experience of working with vulnerable people/ mental health needs either in a paid, unpaid or volunteer sector
  • Experience of supporting people, their families and carers either in a paid, unpaid or volunteer sector
  • Experience of data collection and providing monitoring information to assess impact of services

Desirable

  • Experience of working in a healthcare setting
  • Experience of working as a health advisor / trainer

Skills

Essential

  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Strong IT skills
  • Clear, polite telephone manner
  • Competent in the use of Office and Outlook
  • Effective time management (planning and organising) and able to provide leadership and to finish work tasks, meeting deadlines set
  • Ability to work as a team member and autonomously
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving & analytical skills
  • Ability to follow policy and procedure
  • Commitment to reducing health equalities and proactively working to reach people from all communities
  • Ability to identify risk and assess/manage rick when working with individuals
  • Have strong awareness and understanding of when it is appropriate or necessary to refer people back to other health professionals /agencies , when what the person needs is beyond scope of the social prescriber, when there is a mental health need required a qualified practitioner
  • Commitment to collaborative working with all local agencies (able to work with others to reduce hierarchies and find creative solutions to community issues

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.

Employer details

Employer name

WACA Ltd

Address

Millennium Business Park

Station Road

Keighley

West Yorkshire

BD20 6RB


Employer's website

http://wacalliance.co.uk/

For help with your application, contact:

Emma Taylor

emma.taylor42@nhs.net

07593438595

Date posted

08 July 2021

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£11.50 an hour

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Flexible working

Reference number

B0041-21-4858

Job locations

Millennium Business Park

Station Road

Keighley

West Yorkshire

BD20 6RB


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