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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 28/05/2020.

Social Prescribing Link Worker

Job Reference: J180-A-20-375368

Central Advertising - General Practitioners
Pennine GP Alliance

This advertisement has been placed by the organisation named in the 'Department' section above.

Should you require further information regarding this vacancy please contact the organisation direct.

Formed in 2014, Pennine GP Alliance Ltd is a federation of Calderdale GP practices, with membership covering 100% of practices, serving over 221,000 people. In June our member practices formed 5 Primary Care Networks supporting registered list sizes of 30,000 – 50,000 patients. We are now working on behalf of these PCNs to employ Social Prescribing Link Workers, a brand new role based with the practices and linking to the wider system.

Our Vision - Ensuring viable GP services remain at the heart of local communities, providing sustainable and high quality, patient-focused healthcare

Our Objectives :-

  • To be the healthcare provider of first choice by providing high quality, safe and caring service

  • In partnership develop an innovative and effective model of integrated healthcare services

  • To continue to secure, motivate, educate and develop a resilient committed workforce, providing high quality patient focused services

  • To demonstrate first class corporate, financial and clinical governance to maintain a financially sound business

About the role

The social prescribing link worker will be employed by Pennine GP Alliance Ltd with direction from the PCNs and based within the PCN practices. They will play an important role in empowering people to take control of their health and wellbeing, enhancing self-management, active care navigation by receptionists and a greater understanding within practice and by patients of alternative options and support outside of practice available to them.

The roles will involve managing a case load that has both been proactively identified by the social prescribing link worker following interrogation of practice data and/or referred to the social prescribing link workers from the PCNs they work within. The role builds upon and adds value to the existing social prescribing and navigational services available within Calderdale, with whom the social prescribing link workers will work collaboratively. It is therefore important that they can quickly build effective working relationships with such colleagues and third sector organisations and in particular with PCN Clinical Directors, the PCN Boards, Receptionists and Clinical Staff within PCN practices and Pennine GP Alliance Ltd Team. They will work as a team offering mutual support and cover (when necessary), sharing good practice, information and lessons learnt with each other and progress outcomes with their PCN.

The introduction of these new roles within the PCNs aim to further strengthen links with Health, Social Care, third sector and voluntary partners, to maximise use of community assets to improve and sustain population health.

Behaviour change will be a key element of support offered by the social prescribing link workers and this will be achieved by building individual’s motivation, confidence for change, connecting with community assets and through supporting people to achieve their goals.

All applicants must detail in the application form how they meet the person specification for this role to be considered for interview

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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