Social Prescribing Link Worker

Closing date: Wed 11th May 5pm
Interview Date: to be confirmed
Location: Birmingham and Solihull (North of the Borough)
Hours: Full and Part-time hours available
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £23,000 per annum pro rata
Benefits: The provision of workplace wellbeing support and activities, hybrid working where the role allows, flexible working and a range of family friendly policies and subsidised parking.

We have a rewarding opportunity for a Social Prescribing Link Worker to focus on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. If you feel you could connect to people, community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support, we would love to hear from you!

The Role

Social prescribing link workers will work as a key part of the primary care network (PCN) multi-disciplinary 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 people’s 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.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with direct supervision from the Programme Lead/Senior Link Worker and input from the PCN’s Clinical Lead GP, take referrals from staff in GP practices within the local PCN.
  • Provide personalised support to individuals, their families and 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.
  • Developing trusting relationships and taking a holistic approach, based on the person’s priorities and co-produce a simple personalised care and support plan to improve health and wellbeing, introducing or reconnecting people to community groups and statutory services.
  • Work collaboratively with all local partners to contribute towards supporting local community groups and organisations, making themselves aware of local resources and “assets” through mapping and then building a relationship with these organisations. Also sharing intelligence regarding any gaps or problems identified in local provision with commissioners and local authorities. 
  • Social prescribing link workers will work collaboratively with GP’s and have a role in promoting social prescribing and educating non-clinical and clinical staff within their PCN multi-disciplinary teams on the benefits of social prescribing
  • Raise awareness of other services available within the community and how and when patients can access them. Linking into the work of Neighbourhood Network Schemes, locality Adult Social Care & Community Mental Health Teams.

About You

As a Social Prescribing Link Worker, you will have a Level 3 qualification in a relevant field (Health & Social Care, Health Trainer, Health Improvement, Community Family Worker, Psychology) or be working towards/willing to work towards.

You will have:

  • Demonstrable commitment to professional and personal development
  • Experience of working directly in a community-based context (including unpaid work)
  • Experience of supporting people with a mental health needs and or complexities/vulnerabilities
  • Experience of delivering one to one support
  • Experience of partnership/collaborative working and of building relationships across a variety of organisations
  • Knowledge of VCSE and community services in the locality
  • Understanding of the wider determinants of health, including social, economic and environmental factors and their impact on communities, individuals, their families and carers
  • Understanding of the barriers faced by those living in isolation
  • Knowledge of IT systems including ability to use word processing skills, emails, the internet and able to create simple plans and reports
  • Ability to complete paperwork, keep records and carry out own administration
  • An interview is guaranteed to suitably qualified and experienced people with disabilities and all successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check

You may also have experience in areas such as Floating Support, Befriending, Community Family Worker, Social Worker, Community Navigator, Peer Support Worker, Welfare Support, Family Worker, Family Support Worker, Benefit, Care, Therapeutic, Therapy, Advice, Adviser, Health, Wellbeing, Social Care, Social Care Services, Health and Social Care.

To apply please send in a covering letter highlighting how you meet the specification together with your CV.

Social Prescribing Link Worker Job Description

If you require any further information about the role please contact Maxine Brown on 0121 456 7820 or emailing recruitment@gatewayfs.org