Senior Social Prescriber, South & West Herefordshire PCN

Taurus Healthcare Limited

The closing date is 22 May 2022

Job summary

Interview date: 1st June 2022

The South & West Primary Care Networks (PCN) are delighted to recruit a second Senior Social Prescriber to join their team.

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) have recognised the potential for developing this service and we are delighted to recruit a Senior Social Prescriber to join the South & West Herefordshire PCN team.

The Senior Social Prescriber will lead on local initiatives, but as an experienced practitioner they will also influence and guide improvement at a county level.

We are committed to having a workforce in which people from diverse backgrounds are supported and empowered to work with local communities to improve health access and outcomes for all and provide culturally appropriate and responsive public services.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting opportunity to work with GP practices to identify the specific needs of their patient population and proactively support healthcare teams.

Social Prescribers:

Help people to work on their wider health and wellbeing, specifically addressing health access and outcomes and wider determinants of their health e.g., debt, poor housing, and physical inactivity, as well as other lifestyle issues and low-level mental health concerns by increasing people’s active involvement with their local communities.

This approach particularly helps people with long term conditions, people who are lonely or isolated, or who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

About us

The South & West Herefordshire PCN GP practices serve rural and market town communities responding to the wide - ranging health needs of the population. The network includes Fownhope Medical Centre, Much Birch Surgery, Pendeen and Alton St practices in Ross on Wye, Kingstone Surgery and Golden Valley Practice in Ewyas Harold. There will be an opportunity to work remotely.

The Senior Social Prescriber will be working with established general practice teams who have longstanding relationships with their local community and are committed to providing lifelong care in this beautiful part of Herefordshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To take a lead role for your Primary Care Network (PCN) and working jointly with the wider Social Prescribing Team across Herefordshire to deliver the Social Prescribing Service as set out in the GP long term plan. The service provides countywide personalised support to individuals, their families and carers to take control of their wellbeing, live independently and improve their health outcomes.

The service recognises people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors; social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.

They will offer practical tools and techniques, advice, knowledge and encouragement to enable and motivate people to change behaviours and achieve better health and lifestyles choices and achieve goals for themselves, their families and the wider community.

MAIN Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring countywide provision of support in communities to reduce the need for health, social care and community safety interventions.
  • Supporting and enabling people to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence required to take control of their wellbeing, live independently and improve their health outcomes.
  • Drawing on and increasing the strengths and capacity of local communities.
  • Responsibility to ensure providers in their localities provide a coherent service is delivered.

  • Ensuring comprehensive and high-quality social prescribing functions are available and accessible in every PCN across Herefordshire – Comprising personalised support to individuals, their families and carers to take control of their wellbeing, live independently and improve their health outcomes
  • Operational management responsibility for all aspects of the service in their PCN area
  • Working with practices and PCN areas to proactively target local health inequalities and those experiencing poorer health outcomes
  • Develop trusting relationships with all stakeholders by giving people time and focus on ‘what matters to them’
  • Lead on developing a holistic approach, based on the person’s priorities, and the wider determinants of health
  • In partnership with key stakeholders, co-produce simple personalised care and support plan to improve health and wellbeing, introducing or reconnecting people to community groups and statutory services
  • Provide regular reports and updates on progress to all key stakeholders including the PCN team using tools such as Patient Activation Measure
  • Co-ordinate and chair regular team meetings within the PCN area, including responsibility for external liaison between the service and its stakeholders
  • Increase the strengths and capacities of local communities, enabling local VCSE organisations and community groups to receive social prescribing referrals. They will ensure those organisations and groups 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, such as HVOSS and the Talk Community team 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
  • Educating non-clinical and clinical staff within the network on what other services and support are available within the community and how and when patients can access them. This may include verbal or written advice and guidance
  • Deliver group sessions on behaviour change targeting patients with particular health needs, to reduce health inequalities and improve health outcomes
  • Develop and maintain relationships with individuals who are experiencing the greatest inequalities

Person Specification



  • GCSE English or equivalent level.
  • GCSE Mathematics or equivalent level.
  • ECDL or equivalent level of keyboard/IT skills.


  • Educated to degree level or relevant experience



  • Working knowledge of Microsoft office Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint and using video calling software e.g. Microsoft teams.
  • Experience of using IT systems such as EMIS
  • Experience of partnership/collaborative working and of building relationships across a variety of organisations
  • Experience of data collection and using tools to measure the impact of services such as Patient Activation Measure (PAM).
  • Knowledge of the personalised care approach
  • Experience of providing group support
  • Experience of supporting people using behaviour change approaches


  • Experience of managing a team
  • Experience of supporting people using behaviour change approaches
  • Knowledge of health inequalities and the wider detriments of health

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

Taurus Healthcare Limited


Suite 1, Berrows Business Centre

Bath Street




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Date posted

05 May 2022

Pay scheme



£26,780 to £28,840 a year



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Job locations

Suite 1, Berrows Business Centre

Bath Street




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