Social Prescribing Link Worker

Primary Integrated Community Services

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Job overview

We have an exciting opportunity for six Social Prescribing Link Workers 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.

These six roles cover the following areas:

1 post covering Rosewood Primary Care Network

2 posts covering Nottingham West area

1 post covering Ashfield area

1 post covering Mansfield area

1 post covering Newark area

1 post covering Sherwood area

Please specify on your application which area you are interested in working in.

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

BENEFITS:

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
  • 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

An exhaustive summary of the job description can be be found in the downloadable documentation.

Person Specification

Other requirements

Essential

  • Meets DBS reference standards and has a clear criminal record, in line with the law on spent convictions
  • Willingness to work flexible hours when required to meet work demands
  • Current full driving licence and sole use of car
  • Ability to travel across the locality on a regular basis, including to visit people in their own homes

Personal qualities

Essential

  • Ability to listen, empathise with people and provide person- centred support in a non-judgemental way
  • Able to get along with people from all backgrounds and communities, respecting lifestyles and diversity
  • Commitment to reducing health inequalities and proactively working to reach people from all communities
  • Able to support people in a way that inspires trust and confidence, motivating others to reach their potential
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with people, their families, carers, community groups, partner agencies and stakeholders
  • Ability to identify risk and assess/manage risk when working with individuals
  • 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
  • Able to work from an asset based approach, building on existing community and personal assets
  • Able to provide leadership and to finish work tasks
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships and to promote collaborative practice with all colleagues
  • Commitment to collaborative working with all local agencies (including VCSE organisations and community groups). Able to work with others to reduce hierarchies and find creative solutions to community issues
  • Demonstrates personal accountability, emotional resilience and works well under pressure
  • Ability to organise, plan and prioritise on own initiative, including when under pressure and meeting deadlines
  • High level of written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work flexibly and enthusiastically within a team or on own initiative
  • Understanding of the needs of small volunteer-led community groups and ability to support their development
  • Knowledge of and ability to work to policies and procedures, including confidentiality, safeguarding, lone working, information governance, and health and safety

Knowledge and skills

Essential

  • Understanding of the wider determinants of health, including social, economic and environmental factors and their impact on communities
  • Knowledge of community development approaches
  • Knowledge of IT systems, including ability to use word processing skills, emails and the internet to create simple plans and reports
  • Knowledge of motivational coaching and interview skills

Desirable

  • Knowledge of the personalised care approach
  • Knowledge of VCSE and community services in the locality
  • Awareness of GDPR
  • Awareness of Safeguarding Children & Adults

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of working directly in a community development context, adult health and social care, learning support or public health/health improvement (including unpaid work)
  • Experience of supporting people, their families and carers in a related role (including unpaid work)
  • Experience of working with the VCSE sector (in a paid or unpaid capacity), including with volunteers and small community groups
  • Experience of partnership/collaborative working and of building relationships across a variety of organisations

Desirable

  • Experience of supporting people with their mental health, either in a paid, unpaid or informal capacity
  • Experience of data collection and providing monitoring information to assess the impact of services

Qualifications

Essential

  • NVQ Level 3, Advanced level or equivalent qualifications or working towards this level
  • Demonstrable commitment to professional and personal development

Desirable

  • Training in motivational coaching and interviewing or equivalent experience

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

Unit H4 Ash Tree Court

Nottingham Business Park

Nottingham

Nottinghamshire

NG8 6PY


Employer's website

http://picsnhs.org.uk/


Date posted

25 March 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 4

Salary

£21,892 to £24,157 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Flexible working

Reference number

E0220-21-7741

Job locations

Unit H4 Ash Tree Court

Nottingham Business Park

Nottingham

Nottinghamshire

NG8 6PY


Roundwood Surgery

Wood Street

Mansfield

Nottinghamshire

NG181QQ


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