Social Prescribing Support Officer - West Elmbridge
2 year fixed term contract full time - likely to be extended due to emerging new social prescribing service
Salary: £21,955 – £24,277
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, Elmbridge has received funding to recruit a Social Prescribing Link Worker to support residents who access Primary Care (GP) services in the west of the borough i.e. Walton, Weybridge and Hersham.
As a Social Prescribing Support Officer, 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
To be successful in this role you will need to have experience of working in support or advice role and working face to face with customers or service users. You will have experience of working in either a local government, health or voluntary sector organisation. Knowledge of the communities to be served by the post applied for, as well as services available locally is desirable but not essential.
As a Social Prescribing Support Officer, 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.
If you would like to chat about this role please contact Gail McKenzie on 01372 474537
Closing Date: 23 December 2019 at 12:00pm
Interview Date: 03 January 2020