Social Prescribing Link Worker
36 Hours per Week
Salary Circa £23,000 + essential car allowance
2 Year Fixed Term Contract
It is an exciting time to become part of the Social Prescribing movement in North West Surrey. Working in partnership with the newly formed Primary Care Networks as well as the North West Surrey Integrated Care Partnership, Spelthorne Borough Council has received funding to recruit 2 Social Prescribing Link Workers to support residents who access Primary Care (GP) services in the following areas:
Post 1: Spelthorne Health Network, covering Upper Halliford Medical Centre, Sunbury Group Practice, Studholme Medical Centre and Shepperton Medical Practice
Post 2: SASSE Network 3, covering St David’s Family Practice, Hythe Medical Centre, Staines Health Group and Stanwell Road
As a Social Prescribing Link worker, through referrals by GP’s and other healthcare professionals, you will work with residents to identify their needs and requirements and link them to community groups that can help them to become more independent, physically active, increase their skill base, to obtain advice or to become more socially connected and to signpost to relevant services that will help them to generally lead a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle.
Through social prescribing, you will empower people to take control of their health and wellbeing by focussing on what matters to them and take a holistic approach, connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Referrals may be made for any one of a number of reasons, including inactive lifestyles, loneliness and isolation, anxiety, financial concerns, poor nutrition and those struggling with daily routine.
As a Social Prescribing Link Worker, you will need to be calm, reassuring, personable and empathetic when working supporting residents, as well as being honest, reliable and flexible in providing the support and direction required. You will also be able to tailor your approach in order to communicate information effectively.
You will be organised, able to work independently and manage your time well to ensure you are able to meet changing workloads. You will need to be confident in the use of ICT and in completing notes and spreadsheets accurately.
Posts are funded for a fixed term of two years with the potential for arrangements to be extended beyond this date, dependent on the availability of funding.
Please Note: As the recruitment process will be including representatives from Primary Care, in applying for the position you are as a result giving consent to your information being shared with such representatives.
A full driving licence and access to a car is essential for this role.
For more information or an informal discussion please contact Lisa Stonehouse on 01784 446431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephen Mortimer-Cleevely on 01784 446347 or email email@example.com
Closing date: 15 October 2019 (Noon)
Interview: 21 October 2019
For full information and to apply online, go to www.surreyjobs.info or www.spelthorne.gov.uk alternatively, please contact Recruitment Services on (01784 444263 (24hr answer phone) quoting reference number 845
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