Employment Type
Full-time
Job Location
Birmingham
Base Salary
£Depending on experience
Date posted
26 March 2024
Valid through
30 April 2024
Position title
Social Prescriber/Link Worker - Tower Hill Partnership Medical Practice
Description

Job summary

Pioneers Integrated Partnership Primary Care Network is recruiting for a Social Prescriber/Link Worker to be part of the new Primary Care Network multidisciplinary team, providing 1:1 personalised support to our PCN Population. We already have x1 Social Prescriber in post and find that the needs of our population require more input from this service.

This post empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing by giving time to focus on what matters to me. The social prescribing link worker will build trusting relationships with people, create a shared personalised care and support plan and connect them to community groups, VCSE organisations and services. They will also work with partners to provide support to community groups and VCSE organisations involved in social prescribing.

You must be a good listener, have time for people and be committed to supporting local communities to care for each other. You should have experience of working positively with people facing complex social and emotional challenges. You will have great interpersonal skills in supporting people, community groups and local organisations.

 

About us

Pioneers Integrated Partnership PCN (PIP PCN) serves a population of 29,000 patients. We are a group of x3 Practices, Tower Hill Partnership, Heath Street Health Centre and Handsworth Medical Practice, covering some of the most deprived areas in Birmingham.

PIP PCN strives to address the health inequalities of our population and the provision of a Social Prescribing service is paramount to our vision.

Responsibilities

Main duties and responsibilities:

Working with direct supervision by a GP, take referrals from a wide range of agencies, including PCNs GP practices and multi-disciplinary team in pharmacies, wider 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, their families, carers to take control of their health and wellbeing, live independently and improve their health outcomes, as a key member of the PCN multi-disciplinary team. 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 simple personalised care and support plan to improve health and wellbeing, introducing or reconnecting people to community groups and statutory services.

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 persons needs are beyond the scope of the link worker role e.g. when there is a mental health need requiring a qualified practitioner.

 

Job description

Job responsibilities

Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to link workers who give time, focus on what matters to me and take a holistic approach to an individuals health and wellbeing, connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Link workers also support existing groups to be accessible and sustainable and help people to start new community groups, working collaboratively with all local partners.

Social prescribing link workers will work as a key part of the primary care network (PCN) multidisciplinary team. Social prescribing can help PCNs to strengthen community and personal resilience and reduces health and wellbeing 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.

Person Specification

Experience

Essential

  • Knowledge of the personalised care approach
  • Understanding of the wider determinants of health, including social, economic and environmental factors and their impact on communities, individuals, their families and carers
  • 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
  • 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 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 using tools to measure the impact of services

Desirable

  • Local knowledge of VCSE and community services in the locality
  • Knowledge of how the NHS works, including primary care
Qualifications

Qualifications

Essential

  • Vocational Qualification in Health and Social Care or relevant work experience
  • Demonstrable commitment to professional and personal development
  • 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.

Contacts

For questions about the job, contact:

PCN Manager

Mrs Champa Patel

champa.patel@nhs.net

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