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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 15/09/2020.

Learning Disability Wellbeing Practitioner

Job Reference: J183-A-20-74736

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Context of role

In January 2019, the BMA GPs (England) committee and NHS England agreed plans to fund social prescribing link workers for Primary Care Networks (PCNs) in England, as part of the English GP contract agreement.

Social Prescribing schemes are targeted at patients who visit their GPs but do not necessarily immediately require clinical treatment. These schemes aim to address the wider determinants of health via access to a Social Prescribing Link Worker who give time, focus on ‘what matters to me’ and take a holistic approach, connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.

Social prescribing can help to strengthen community resilience and personal resilience, and reduces health inequalities by addressing the wider determinants of health, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity, by increasing people’s active involvement with their local communities. It particularly works for people with long-term conditions (including support for mental health), for people who are lonely or isolated, or have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

Purpose of the role

To provide personalised support to individuals with learning disabilities, their families and carers to take control of their wellbeing, live independently and improve their health outcomes; strengthen personal resilience and reduce health inequalities by addressing the wider determinants of health such as debt, poor housing, physical inactivity and low understanding of the health condition.


To take a holistic approach based on the person’s priorities and the wider determinants of health, to co-produce a Personal Action Plan. The plan will aim to improve health and wellbeing, introducing or reconnecting people to community groups and statutory services.

To encourage the patient to carry out the goals set in the Plan, provide health coaching and deliver activities were appropriate.


The role will require managing and prioritising your own caseload, in accordance with the needs, priorities and any urgent support required by individuals.

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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