Social Prescribing Link Worker, Rosewood PCN

Primary Integrated Community Services

The closing date is 19 September 2021

Job summary

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.

You will be based within Rosewood PCN covering:

  • Acorn Medical Practice
  • Churchside Medical Practice
  • Forest Medical Group
  • Millview Surgery
  • Roundwood Surgery

Rosewood PCN has a population of 46,947 patients. You will be part of a wider team of Social Prescribing Link Workers and supported by our Social Prescribing Managerwho is on the PICS leadership team.

Main duties of the job

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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 uses, focusing on a what matters to me approach.

KEY REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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

About us

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

Job description

Job responsibilities

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.

KEY TASKS:

Referrals

  • Promoting social prescribing, its role in self-management, and the wider determinants of health.
  • Build relationships with key staff in GP practices within the local Primary Care Network (PCN), attending relevant meetings, becoming part of the wider network team, giving information and feedback on social prescribing.
  • Be proactive in developing strong links with all local agencies 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 referral agencies 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 referral agencies.
  • Be proactive in encouraging self-referrals and connecting with all local communities, particularly those communities that statutory agencies may find hard to reach.

Provide personalised support

  • Meet people on a one-to-one basis, making home visits where appropriate within organisations policies and procedures. Give people time to tell their stories and focus on what matters to me. Build trust with the person, providing non- judgemental support, respecting diversity and lifestyle choices. Work from a strength-based approach focusing on a persons assets.
  • Be a friendly source of information about wellbeing and prevention approaches.
  • 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 the Data Protection Act.

Work collectively with all local partners to ensure community groups are strong and sustainable

  • Work with commissioners and local partners to identify unmet needs within the community and gaps in community provision
  • Support local partners and commissioners to develop 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.

Data Capture

  • 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 referral agencies to provide appropriate information about the person they are referring. Use the case management system to track the persons progress. Provide appropriate feedback to referral agencies about the people they referred.
  • Work closely with GP practices within the PCN to ensure that social prescribing referral codes are inputted to EMIS/SystmOne/Vision and that the persons use of the NHS can be tracked, adhering to data protection legislation and data sharing agreements with the clinical commissioning group.

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Person Specification

Personal qualities

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Experience

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Qualifications

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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

Primary Integrated Community Services

Address

Rosewood Primary Care Network

Roundwood Surgery

Wood Street

Mansfield

NG18 1QQ


Employer's website

http://picsnhs.org.uk/


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Date posted

31 August 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 4

Salary

£21,892 to £24,157 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working

Reference number

E0220-21-6494

Job locations

Rosewood Primary Care Network

Roundwood Surgery

Wood Street

Mansfield

NG18 1QQ


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