Refugee and Asylum Seeker Service (RASS) Social Prescriber
Alliance for Better Care CIC
This job is now closed
We have now expanded our growing health team of multi-disciplinary professionals to include social prescribing. We are proud of what has been achieved over the last 18 months and have set up an established proactive group of Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise partners who work collaboratively on a range of initiatives in support of refugees and asylum seekers, and see social prescribing and care coordination as key to this work going forwards.
The successful candidate will be part a new pilot project, which is up and running, joining an existing team comprising of one social prescriber and one care coordinator. This is an innovative service for the local asylum seeker and refugee communities and has widespread support Local Authorities, the NHS and local voluntary and community organisations.
There would be an expectation that the applicant would work across a defined number of hotels, prioritising as needed, and would also have a base at home or in our office in Horley.
The successful candidate will have:
1:1 supervision with a named clinical supervisor
Dedicated small group social prescriber supervision from an expert provider
Access to a bi monthly dedicated social prescribers meeting
4 half days of training from the RASS team
Access to a network of local social prescribers and personalised care roles
Main duties of the job
The ideal candidate will work in collaboration with ABCs Refugee and Asylum Seeking Service (RASS) and a range of partners to deliver a coordinated and high-quality social prescribing service. This will include supporting service users who are seeking asylum in the UK to access and engage with the extensive range of support in the community.
The post holder will provide advice and support for refugees and asylum seekers empowering them to access services and mainstream provision, and establish community links. This will enable newly arrived refugees to take an active role in their successful resettlement through initiatives involving both the communities of new arrivals and the wider community.
Alliance for Better Care CIC is a GP Federation that unites 47 NHS GP practices across 12 Primary Care Networks in Sussex and Surrey.
We support our Primary Care colleagues as well as their patients, to transform how healthcare is managed within the community. As a membership organisation, our focus is to work in partnership with our members and help them to improve the provision of General Practices in the local area.
We work with and listen to our GP Practices, PCNs, Hospitals, Community Organisations and the Third Sector. These vital partnerships ensure that, together, we deliver a truly integrated approach that offers the support and expertise needed to effectively serve our communities
Use social prescribing to empower refugees and asylum seekers in local hotels to take control of their health and wellbeing.
Spend time with service users to help them to focus on what matters to them and connect them to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.
Manage a caseload of service users through assessment to onward-referral, working with individuals in the RASS, as well as through outreach to local support services.
Promoting social prescribing while maintaining a focus on equity, and being proactive in developing strong links with local agencies.
Provide Personalised Support
Speak to people on a one-to-one basis, using interpreting services as required, giving service users time to tell their stories and focus on what matters to them. Build trust with the person, providing non-judgemental support, respecting diversity, and lifestyle choices. Work from a strength-based approached focusing on a persons assets.
Provide ongoing support for an allocated but short-term timeframe to promote engagement with identified services and achievement of goals
Be a friendly source of information about well-being and prevention approaches.
Help people maintain or regain independence through living skills, adaptations, enablement approaches and simple safeguards.
Work with individuals to co-produce a simple personalised support plan based on the persons priorities, interests, values and motivations including what they can expect from the groups, activities and services they are being connected to and what the person can do for themselves to improve their health and wellbeing.
Where appropriate, physically introduce people to community groups, activities, and statutory services, ensuring they are comfortable.
The role is not intended to support individuals on a long term basis, but to help them to understand how they can support themselves better. It is not a crisis service but will be responsive to those who may present in crisis.
Support community groups and VCSE organisations to receive referrals
Forge strong links with local VCSE organisations, community and neighbourhood level groups, utilising their networks and building on whats already available to create a map or menu of community groups and assets for the service users.
Develop supportive relationships with local VCSE organisations, local GP practices where refugees are registered, ABCs RASS, primary care network, social prescribers, community groups and statutory services, to make timely, appropriate and supported referrals for the person.
Ensure that local community groups and VCSE organisations being referred to have basic procedures in place for ensuring that vulnerable individuals are safe and, where there are safeguarding concerns, work with all partners to deal appropriately with issues.
Support local partners and commissioners to develop new groups and services where needed.
Other Key Tasks
Contribute to the development of the service and participate in support, supervision and training as required. The role is a non-clinical role, however the post holder will receive support from a GP clinical mentor within the team and supervision from a dedicated specialist trainer.
Attend meetings as appropriate and supporting any necessary project reporting.
Maintain standards and practice in relation to professional records/ record keeping.
Highlight any safeguarding concerns as a priority to the RASS clinical lead.
Adhere to all professional and clinical policies within ABC.
Be prepared to work flexibly and to travel across defined number of hotels in Sussex to deliver this service
Please see Job Description attached for full role responsibilities.