Senior Social Prescribing Link Worker, Newark PCN

Primary Integrated Community Services

The closing date is 24 July 2022

Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Social Prescribing Link Worker to join our dynamic team. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about providing high quality care.

You will be based within Newark Primary Care Network:

· Southwell Medical Centre The Ropewalk, Southwell NG25 0AL

· Balderton Primary Care Centre Lowfield Lane, Balderton, Newark NG24 3HJ

· Barnby Gate Surgery 50 Barnby Gate, Newark NG24 1QD

· Collingham Medical Centre High Street, Collingham, Newark NG23 7LB

· Fountain Medical Centre Sherwood Avenue, Newark NG24 1QH

· Hounsfield Surgery Hounsfield Way, Sutton on Trent, Newark NG23 6PX

· Lombard Medical Centre 2 Portland Street, Newark NG24 4XG

Newark PCN has a patient population in excess of 76,000.

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

PURPOSE OF THE ROLE

  • To lead and develop the Social prescribing team in the delivery of an effective and responsive support service.
  • To support the identification and implementation of new ways of working to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the service.
  • To deal effectively with patient queries and escalate any complaints to the service to management.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The Senior Link Workers will share their expertise and provide a supportive environment for the team and work closely with their line manager to implement and develop the Social Prescribing Link Worker Service.
  • Ensuring the smooth running of the team by authorising annual leave, managing performance and attendance and being the first point of contact for mentoring the social prescribing link workers with the casework, escalating to Management or clinical lead/supervisor/patients GP for advice when necessary

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • NVQ Level 3, Advanced level or equivalent qualifications or working towards this level.
  • 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 supervisory responsibilities of other members of staff/a small team

    About us

    The core value of PICS is that “We Care” about our patients, carers and families, our partners and all the people that we work with. This is underpinned by our core values and our “can do” approach. We regularly review our values and ensure these are integral at all levels of the organisation. The PICS values below are integral at every level of the organisation.

    Benefits of working for PICS

    We offer a comprehensive package which includes:

    • Part of a team of experienced practitioners and supported by a Service Manager 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
    • Generous annual leave entitlement which references NHS Agenda for Change and recognises previous NHS service
    • 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

    MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    •  Report to Social Prescribing Manager
    • The Senior Link Workers will share their expertise and provide a supportive environment for the team and work closely with their line manager to implement and develop the Social Prescribing Link Worker Service.
    • To ensure that the team works to deadlines and prioritises workload, working towards KPI’s and targets set for the service.
    • Ensuring the smooth running of the team by authorising annual leave, managing performance and attendance and being the first point of contact for mentoring the social prescribing link workers with the casework, escalating to Management or clinical lead/supervisor/patients GP for advice when necessary
    •  Ensuring when authorising annual leave and training requests for the team, that the service is adequately covered in their absence.

    • To support quality of work and outcomes in the team by ensuring the team receives appropriate supervision, feedback and development (including appraisals, 121s and absence management meetings) and feeding back to Management with any development/capability needs.
    • Supporting recruitment processes, induction and training of new staff.
    • To oversee the patient experience from first contact to discharge, identifying opportunities to improve flow through the service.
    • Support data analyst team and manager to produce service reports and data referring to KPIs and service specifications and identify trends, issues and suggest improvements or solutions
    • Ensure that information is communicated effectively within the team and that the team work to PICS Policies, Procedures and Values.
    • To represent the PCN, Social Prescribing and PICS in a professional manner at all times and advocate for the positive benefits of the social prescribing service.
    • Must be responsible, calm and are able to plan and prioritize their work activities, to ensure the service objectives are met.
    • 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 person’s 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.
    •  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.
    • 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.

    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 person’s 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 person’s 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.

    For more information please see the supporting documents. 

    Person Specification

    Qualifications

    Essential

    • Please provide details of your CPD, using examples where necessary.

    Personal Qualities

    Essential

    • Please provide details for why you would be a great fit for this role and why you have decided to apply.

    Knowledge and Skills

    Essential

    • Please provide detailed information of how you feel that your knowledge and skills are suitable for this role; please provide examples to support your application referring to the job description and person specification for guidance.

    Experience

    Essential

    • Please provide detailed information of how you feel that your experience is suitable for this role; please provide examples to support your application referring to the job description and person specification for guidance.

    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

    Newark Primary Care Network

    Nottingham

    NG24 4XG


    Employer's website

    http://picsnhs.org.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)


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    Date posted

    16 June 2022

    Pay scheme

    Agenda for change

    Band

    Band 5

    Salary

    £25,655 to £31,534 a year Pro Rata

    Contract

    Permanent

    Working pattern

    Full-time

    Reference number

    E0220-22-8284

    Job locations

    Newark Primary Care Network

    Nottingham

    NG24 4XG


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