Social Prescribing Link Worker advertised by GlosJobs.co.uk

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Cheltenham Peripheral Primary Care Network
Leckhampton Surgery
17 Moorend Park Road
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL53 0LA

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Social Prescribing Link Worker

Cheltenham

Cheltenham Peripheral Primary Care Network (NHS)

Job Overview

Cheltenham Peripheral Primary Care Network is looking to expand its social prescribing team. The team is currently 3 comprising 2 full-time social prescribing link workers (SPLW)  and a Care Co-ordinator. Additional help is required to respond to an increasing workload from our 5 GP practices and we are looking to employ another full time (37.5hrs a week) Social Prescribing Link Worker.

The Network is a cluster of 5 practices located on the edge of Cheltenhamin Charlton Kings, Leckhampton, Bishops Cleeve and Winchcombe.

The Role

We are a progressive Network taking a holistic and integrated approach to the health and wellbeing of our patients.

Your time will be shared between the 5 practices. Whilst there is an expectation that you will visit these locations regularly there will also be the flexibility to work from home. A full driving licence and use of a car is, however, essential.

Your line manager will be our Lead SPLW who in turn reports to the Network's Deputy Clinical Director.

Job Description

• Taking and actioning referrals from GPs, nurses and other practice staff, as required.
•Providing personalised support to individuals, their families and carers to take control of their
health and wellbeing, live independently and improve their own health outcomes.
•Connecting people to appropriate local community groups and statutory services as necessary.
•Managing and prioritising your own caseload. It is vital that you have a strong awareness and
understanding of when it is appropriate or necessary to refer peopleback to other health
professionals/agencies, when their needs are beyond the scope of the SPLW e.g. when there is a
mental health need requiring a qualified practitioner.
•Informing and guiding non-clinical and clinical staff within the Network on what services
are available within the community and how and when patients can access them.

Skills  

You will possess the following skills and attributes;

•Compassion. You have the ability and personality to work sensitively in difficult emotional
circumstances with empathy, respect and understanding.
•An ability to listen, empathise and provide person centred support in a non-judgemental way.
•Able to support people in a way that inspires trust and confidence.
•Ability to work flexibly and enthusiastically within a team or on your own initiative.
•Good communicator, both written and oral.
•Organised. Able to plan, prioritise and implement tasks to meet deadlines.
•Good administration and IT skills covering Microsoft Office, Microsoft Teams, data input and
reporting.

Experience

a)Essential;

•Experience of working as a Social Prescriber.
•Experience of supporting people, their families and carers in a related role including unpaid work

•Experience of supporting people with their mental health, either in a paid, unpaid or informal
capacity.
•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.
•Experience of data collection and analysis,using tools to measure the impact of services.
•Experience working as a proactive member of a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT).

b) Desirable;

•Experience of working directly in a community development context, adult health and social
care, learning support or public health/health improvement including unpaid work.
• Interest and experience of working with patients aged between 16 and 25 years old.

Qualifications

a)Essential;

•NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent.
•Demonstrable commitment to continued professional and personal development.

b)Desirable;

•Training in motivational coaching and interviewing or equivalent experience.

Applications

Applications should include a covering letter and CV, to be addressed to Nick House, Business Manager, by clicking on Apply Now.

Closing date for applications: 2 noon Thursday 9th September 2021. Interviews will be held on Friday 17th September 2021.

Salary: £24,000 to £26,000 F/Tplus NHS Pension

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