Social Prescribing Link Worker
Primary Integrated Community Services
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We have an exciting opportunity for a Social Prescribing Link Worker to join our dynamic PCN team. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about providing high quality care.
PICS have a supportive network of Social Prescribing Link Workers in place which provides development opportunities and empowers individuals to progress in their career. You will be part of a wide team of Social Prescribing Link workers and supported by our senior team members, along with our Service Manager who is on the PICS Leadership team.
Main duties of the job
- Promoting social prescribing, its role in self-management, and the wider determinants of health.
- Networking with a wide range of agencies and multi-disciplinary teams and working closely with GP Practices within the Primary Care Network.
- Developing and providing personalised support for individuals, their families and carers to take control of their wellbeing.
- Develop trusting relationships with service users, focusing on a what matters to me approach.
- NVQ Level 3, Advanced Level or equivalent qualifications or working towards this level
- Demonstrable commitment to professional and personal development
- Experience of working directly in a community development context, adult health and social care, learning support or public support or public health/health improvement
- Full driving license with sole use of a vehicle
We offer a comprehensive package which includes:
- Part of a team of experienced Social Prescribing Link Workers and supported by senior Social Prescribers who will help support your professional development
- Part of the NHS Pension Scheme or an alternative government based scheme (based on eligibility) with generous employer contributions
- Competitive salaries with clear progression pathways referenced to NHS Agenda for Change
- Fully integrated with NHS IT systems
- Generous annual leave entitlement which references NHS Agenda for Change and recognises previous NHS service
- On appointment 27 days plus 8 days bank holiday entitlement
- After 5 years 29 days plus 8 days bank holiday entitlement
- After 10 years 33 days plus 8 days bank holiday entitlement
- Competitive leave entitlement that includes sickness pay and maternity leave
- Join a caring culture and a company of can do experts
SUMMARY OF ROLE:
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 an 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.
Social prescribing can help to strengthen community resilience and personal resilience, and reduces health inequalities by addressing the wider determinants of health, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity, by increasing peoples active involvement with their local communities. It particularly works for people with long-term conditions (including support for mental health), for people who are lonely or isolated, or have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Take referrals from a wide range of agencies, working with GP Practices within Primary Care Networks, pharmacies, multi-disciplinary teams, hospital discharge teams, allied health professionals, fire service, police, job centres, social care services, housing associations, and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations (list not exhaustive).
- Provide personalised support to individuals, their families and carers to take control of their wellbeing, live independently and improve their health outcomes. Develop trusting relationships by giving people time and focus on what matters to me. Take a holistic approach, based on the persons priorities and the wider determinants of health. Co-produce a personalised support plan to improve health and wellbeing, introducing or reconnecting people to community groups and statutory services.
- The role will require managing and prioritising your own caseload, in accordance with the needs, priorities and any urgent support required by individuals on the caseload
- It is vital that you have a 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 the scope of the link worker role e.g. when there is a mental health need requiring a qualified practitioner.
- Draw on and increase the strengths and capacities of local communities, enabling local VCSE organisations and community groups to receive social prescribing referrals. Ensure they are supported, have basic safeguarding processes for vulnerable individuals and can provide opportunities for the person to develop friendships, a sense of belonging, and build knowledge, skills and confidence.
- Work together with all local partners to collectively ensure that local VCSE organisations and community groups are sustainable and that community assets are nurtured, by making them aware of small grants or micro-commissioning if available, including providing support to set up new community groups and services, where gaps are identified in local provision.
- Provide personalised support
- Support community groups and VCSE organisations to receive referrals
- Work collectively with all local partners to ensure community groups are strong and sustainable
- Data capture
- Clinical governance
- Professional development
Please download the supporting document: Social Prescribing Link Worker - JD Person Spec for full role details.
Knowledge and skills
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.
Primary Integrated Community Services
27 April 2021
Agenda for change
£21,892 to £24,157 a year
Full-time, Flexible working