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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 12/03/2021.

Social Prescribing Link Worker (SPLW)

Job Reference: 869-1822

North of England Commissioning Support
Sedgefield North Primary Care Network
Spennymoor, Ferryhill, Chilton, Sedgefield, West Cornforth
Dependent on experience – up to Band 4

Social Prescribing Link Worker (SPLW)

Salary: Up to Band 4 – Dependent on Experience

Organisation: Sedgefield North, Primary Care Network

Job type: Permanent

Working pattern: Full time

Staff Group: Primary Care

Number of vacancies: 2 WTE


Sedgefield North Primary Care Network is an innovative, dynamic PCN comprising 5 local GP Practices based in Spennymoor, Ferryhill & Chilton, Sedgefield and West Cornforth with a population of over 56,000 patients. We are continually seeking new ways to support and improve local healthcare services for our patient population.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for 2 WTE Social Prescribing Link Workers to join our integrated personalised care team, led by our SPLW & Care Co-ordinator Team Lead. You will join our growing PCN multi-disciplinary workforce which includes Care Co-ordinators, Clinical Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technician, First Contact Physiotherapists, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Primary Mental Health Nurses.

In your role as Social Prescribing Link Worker, you will work as part of the Sedgefield North PCN Integrated Personalised Care Team, alongside our four Care Co-ordinators. The team is managed by a dedicated Team Leader and you will also have the support of a GP Mentor for SPLWs. The posts will be hosted by St Andrews Medical Practice, Spennymoor, but you will be supporting patients across the five practices within the PCN.

You will work in a variety of venues in general practice and the community, including patients’ own homes. You will work collaboratively as part of our friendly personalised care team and also with our individual practices and with professional links across the SPLW community.

As part of the personalised care approach you will help support patients in our local community to take control of their health and wellbeing by:

  • Promoting prevention & lifestyle changes
  • Engaging patients and connecting them with the wide range of groups and services
  • Working with the wider health, social care and voluntary network
  • Encouraging a holistic approach for patients with chronic diseases
  • Building a relationship in the journey of patients towards mental health services
  • Supporting the practices in attaining their referral targets
  • Promoting and raising awareness of the social prescribing service within the practices and partner agencies


If this role appeals to you and you have the qualities we are looking for then please get in touch:

Lynne Hope, Care Co-ordinator Team Leader, Sedgefield North PCN – regarding the role

Linda Brown, Business Manager, South Durham Health Federation – for General Queries

Interviews will take place on:Tuesday 23rd March 2021, via Microsoft Teams.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified the week before.


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