Social Prescriber

Taurus Healthcare Limited

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Job summary

The North & West Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are delighted to recruit a second Social Prescriber to join the new Wellbeing Team for North and West Herefordshire PCN. This could be a senior post if the successful candidate has previously undertaken the relevant training and has sufficient recent experience of the role.

The service provides countywide personalised support to individuals, their families and carers to take control of their wellbeing, live independently and improve their health and wellbeing outcomes.

You will be expected to undertake holistic assessments of patient’s circumstances/issues to determine the nature and extent of their non-clinical needs, co-designing actions with these individuals once support needs have been identified ensuring maximum engagement in improving health and well-being.

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

The post holder will be a key member of the developing Wellbeing Team working closely with Care Coordinators, Health & Wellbeing Coaches, a Mental Health Practitioner, Occupational Therapist and Dietician. You will take a role within the Primary Care Network (PCN) and work 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.

They 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.

This is an exciting opportunity to support GP practices in responding to the needs of their patient population holistically and proactively.

Full Job Description & Person Specification is attached to this advert.

This position is for 30 hours per week.

About us

Taurus Healthcare was established in 2012, as the provider arm of the GP Federation serving 185,000 patients in Herefordshire. Founded and owned by the partners of the entire Herefordshire Primary Care community, Taurus is focused on providing excellent out of hospital services for patients. Our ethos is to provide high quality and cost-effective health outcomes that are delivered as close as possible to the patients home, whilst ensuring that patients who do require in hospital services are seen as quickly and effectively as possible.

The North & West Herefordshire PCN GP practices serve rural and market town communities responding to the wide - ranging health needs of the population. The network includes Kington Medical Practice, Ryeland Surgery Leominster, The Mortimer Medical Practice, Tenbury Wells Surgery and Weobley and Staunton on Wye surgeries. It is a highly organised and forward looking PCN with strong relationships between practices and community providers.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

Date posted

18 July 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£26,780 to £28,840 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

S0001-22-6579

Job locations

Suite 1, Berrows Business Centre

Bath Street

Hereford

Herefordshire

HR1 2HE


Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Purpose:

To take a role within the Primary Care Network (PCN) and work 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 and wellbeing.

They will act as a link between primary care and the community and voluntary sector enabling patients to feel empowered in managing their own health and wellbeing through accessing appropriate services to meet their agreed personalised care plan.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Undertake holistic assessments of patient’s circumstances/issues to determine the nature and extent of their non-clinical needs, co-designing actions with these individuals once support needs have been identified ensuring maximum engagement in improving health and well-being.
  • Ensuring countywide provision of support in communities to reduce the need for health, social care and community safety interventions.
  • Use an agreed framework and relevant tools to complete an initial assessment with a patient and develop a plan with them to improve their health and wellbeing building social capital, connections, and resilience.
  • To provide patients with a coordinated experience of care; proactively promote patient choice and control, fostering an ethos of empowerment, independence, and resilience.
  • In partnership with key stakeholders, co-produce simple personalised care and support plans to individuals, their families and carers to take control of their wellbeing, live independently and improve their health outcomes.
  • Introduce or reconnect people to community groups and statutory services
  • Deliver group sessions on 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
  • Develop and maintain excellent partnership working relationships with a wide range of statutory and voluntary sector organisations to ensure the delivery of joined up and coherent provision.
  • Working with practices and PCN areas to proactively target local health inequalities and those experiencing poorer health outcomes
  • To develop and maintain effective and positive relationships with referral partners and stakeholders including health, voluntary, social and education resources, attending relevant meetings as necessary.
  • To work in partnership with all voluntary and community organisations to develop an excellent knowledge of opportunities and resources available and to maintain a database of resources to support the social prescription menu.
  • To ensure information on sources of voluntary and community support is always up to date and of a quality standard to enable effective and accurate signposting and linking of individuals with services.
  • Act as an advocate and champion for the social prescribing service across the PCN, the public, and professionals through outreach and communication mechanisms.
  • To gather and share good practice on Social Prescribing services.
  • Participate in the on-going development, monitoring and evaluation of the programme.
  • Provide information upon request, regular reports and updates on progress to the operational and development managers and the wider PCN team using tools such as Patient Activation Measure detailing the progress of the service
  • Provide accurate and professional feedback to referrers upon request including GP’s, Health Professionals and other statutory and/or voluntary sector agencies.
  • Support patients to access information from a variety of VCS sources to improve their ability to self- care.
  • Provide a high level of customer service at all times and a positive experience for anyone accessing Social Prescribing services.
  • Will share relevant resources. information, knowledge and good practice in relation to Social Prescribing with colleagues.
  • Be efficient, responsible and maintain a high level of personal organisation; keeping timely, accurate and appropriate records, effectively managing calendars and diaries for patient appointments, and undertaking various other administration and organisational tasks as and when required.
  • Work within a framework of safeguarding, equal opportunity and confidentiality.
  • Comply with all organisational and departmental policies and procedures to include internal and external quality assurance process.
  • Participate in and actively contribute to individual supervision, professional development, mandatory and statutory training and team meetings; attend all staff meetings and organisational events as required.

  • While the job description provides the main duties and responsibilities for the position, it is not definitive, and employees are expected to carry out any additional duties compatible with their skills and abilities.
  • The above may be subject to change and alteration from time to time with the prior agreement of the job holder.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Purpose:

To take a role within the Primary Care Network (PCN) and work 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 and wellbeing.

They will act as a link between primary care and the community and voluntary sector enabling patients to feel empowered in managing their own health and wellbeing through accessing appropriate services to meet their agreed personalised care plan.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Undertake holistic assessments of patient’s circumstances/issues to determine the nature and extent of their non-clinical needs, co-designing actions with these individuals once support needs have been identified ensuring maximum engagement in improving health and well-being.
  • Ensuring countywide provision of support in communities to reduce the need for health, social care and community safety interventions.
  • Use an agreed framework and relevant tools to complete an initial assessment with a patient and develop a plan with them to improve their health and wellbeing building social capital, connections, and resilience.
  • To provide patients with a coordinated experience of care; proactively promote patient choice and control, fostering an ethos of empowerment, independence, and resilience.
  • In partnership with key stakeholders, co-produce simple personalised care and support plans to individuals, their families and carers to take control of their wellbeing, live independently and improve their health outcomes.
  • Introduce or reconnect people to community groups and statutory services
  • Deliver group sessions on 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
  • Develop and maintain excellent partnership working relationships with a wide range of statutory and voluntary sector organisations to ensure the delivery of joined up and coherent provision.
  • Working with practices and PCN areas to proactively target local health inequalities and those experiencing poorer health outcomes
  • To develop and maintain effective and positive relationships with referral partners and stakeholders including health, voluntary, social and education resources, attending relevant meetings as necessary.
  • To work in partnership with all voluntary and community organisations to develop an excellent knowledge of opportunities and resources available and to maintain a database of resources to support the social prescription menu.
  • To ensure information on sources of voluntary and community support is always up to date and of a quality standard to enable effective and accurate signposting and linking of individuals with services.
  • Act as an advocate and champion for the social prescribing service across the PCN, the public, and professionals through outreach and communication mechanisms.
  • To gather and share good practice on Social Prescribing services.
  • Participate in the on-going development, monitoring and evaluation of the programme.
  • Provide information upon request, regular reports and updates on progress to the operational and development managers and the wider PCN team using tools such as Patient Activation Measure detailing the progress of the service
  • Provide accurate and professional feedback to referrers upon request including GP’s, Health Professionals and other statutory and/or voluntary sector agencies.
  • Support patients to access information from a variety of VCS sources to improve their ability to self- care.
  • Provide a high level of customer service at all times and a positive experience for anyone accessing Social Prescribing services.
  • Will share relevant resources. information, knowledge and good practice in relation to Social Prescribing with colleagues.
  • Be efficient, responsible and maintain a high level of personal organisation; keeping timely, accurate and appropriate records, effectively managing calendars and diaries for patient appointments, and undertaking various other administration and organisational tasks as and when required.
  • Work within a framework of safeguarding, equal opportunity and confidentiality.
  • Comply with all organisational and departmental policies and procedures to include internal and external quality assurance process.
  • Participate in and actively contribute to individual supervision, professional development, mandatory and statutory training and team meetings; attend all staff meetings and organisational events as required.

  • While the job description provides the main duties and responsibilities for the position, it is not definitive, and employees are expected to carry out any additional duties compatible with their skills and abilities.
  • The above may be subject to change and alteration from time to time with the prior agreement of the job holder.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

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

Desirable

  • Educated to degree level or relevant experience.

Personal Qualities & Attributes

Essential

  • Reliable, conscientious and flexible approach to work.
  • Commitment to reducing health inequalities and proactively working to reach people from diverse communities
  • Able to provide motivational coaching to support peoples behaviour change
  • To be able to work independently on own initiative.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Job Requirements

Essential

  • Experience of working in the Community to improve health and wellbeing.
  • Understanding of confidentiality and Data Protection.
  • Required to travel to meetings and work from other locations as required in order to carry out work across the federation.

Experience

Essential

  • 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.

Desirable

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

Skills

Essential

  • Good interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Knowledge of NHS, including Primary Care as well as VCSE and community services.
  • To manage and prioritise own work to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Good level of accuracy and attention to detail.
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

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

Desirable

  • Educated to degree level or relevant experience.

Personal Qualities & Attributes

Essential

  • Reliable, conscientious and flexible approach to work.
  • Commitment to reducing health inequalities and proactively working to reach people from diverse communities
  • Able to provide motivational coaching to support peoples behaviour change
  • To be able to work independently on own initiative.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Job Requirements

Essential

  • Experience of working in the Community to improve health and wellbeing.
  • Understanding of confidentiality and Data Protection.
  • Required to travel to meetings and work from other locations as required in order to carry out work across the federation.

Experience

Essential

  • 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.

Desirable

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

Skills

Essential

  • Good interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Knowledge of NHS, including Primary Care as well as VCSE and community services.
  • To manage and prioritise own work to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Good level of accuracy and attention to detail.

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.

Additional information

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

Address

Suite 1, Berrows Business Centre

Bath Street

Hereford

Herefordshire

HR1 2HE


Employer's website

https://www.herefordshiregeneralpractice.co.uk (Opens in a new tab)

Employer details

Employer name

Taurus Healthcare Limited

Address

Suite 1, Berrows Business Centre

Bath Street

Hereford

Herefordshire

HR1 2HE


Employer's website

https://www.herefordshiregeneralpractice.co.uk (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Date posted

18 July 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£26,780 to £28,840 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

S0001-22-6579

Job locations

Suite 1, Berrows Business Centre

Bath Street

Hereford

Herefordshire

HR1 2HE


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