Are you looking for an exciting new challenge where you can make a genuine difference to people’s lives?
If you are a self-motivated and enthusiastic people-person whose passion is to support individuals to take control of their health and wellbeing, you could be just what we are looking for.
Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their own health and wellbeing by taking a holistic approach and focussing on ‘what matters to me'. Social prescribers also connect people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.
We are looking for someone with relevant qualifications and skills to work with GPs and practice staff, helping people by addressing their needs in a non-medical way. The successful candidate will work across Tiverton PCN, supporting people who:
- have long-term conditions
- need help making healthy lifestyle changes
- are lonely or isolated, and/or
- have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.
The PCN Social Prescriber will:
- Take referrals from a wide range of organisations including pharmacies, 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 to individuals, their families and carers to take control of their wellbeing, live independently and improve their health outcomes.
- Develop trusting relationships by giving people time and focus on ‘what matters to me’.
- Take a holistic approach, based on the person’s priorities and the wider determinants of health.
- Co-produce a personalised support plan to improve health and wellbeing, introducing or re-connecting people to community groups and statutory services.
- Manage and prioritise 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 person needs is beyond the scope of the link worker role –e.g. when there is a mental health need requiring a qualified practitioner.
- Draw on and increase the strengths and capacities of local communities, enabling local VCSE organisations and community groups to receive social prescribing referrals. Ensure they are supported, have basic safeguarding processes for vulnerable individuals and can provide opportunities for the person to develop friendships, a sense of belonging, and build knowledge, skills and confidence.
- Work together with all local partners to collectively ensure that local VCSE organisations and community groups are sustainable and that community assets are nurtured, by making them aware of small grants or micro-commissioning if available, including providing support to set up new community groups and services, where gaps are identified in local provision.
- Support the implementation of the PCN service specifications and other PCN priorities.
Amicus Health is the employing organisation for this post, but the successful candidate will work across Tiverton Primary Care Network.
Tiverton Primary Care Network (PCN) is made up of Amicus Health and Castle Place Practice. PCNs are a new way of working that enables health and other services to work together to provide better access for patients.
Across our two practices, Tiverton PCN has over 50 clinicians including GPs, nurses, clinical pharmacists, paramedics and physiotherapists.