South Warwickshire GP Federation
Social Prescribing Link Workers
This is an exciting time for General Practices in South Warwickshire. Practices have come together to work in collaborations of 4-6 practices, Primary Care Networks (PCNs).
Kenilworth and Warwick Primary Care Network is a team of 5 GP practices
– Abbey Medical Centre
– Castle Medical Centre
– Avonside Health Centre
– Priory Medical Centre
– Chase meadow Health Centre
NHS England have made funding available for one whole time equivalent social prescribing link worker for each Primary Care Network from July 2019. The link workers will be placed in a Primary Care Network where they will work with a small number of practices to lead the introduction of a social prescribing.
The South Warwickshire GP Federation will provide a support network for the social prescribing link workers led by an experienced senior link worker/ We will also support training, development, HR, IT and data for the link workers.
These roles will empower people and help them take control of their health and wellbeing. As a ‘link worker’, you’ll connect people with non-medical support, such as day centres, charities or community groups, in the community to improve their wellbeing and tackle social isolation and meet their non-medical needs. You will take a holistic approach, working in partnership with local GP practices, community groups and multi-disciplinary teams.
Social prescribing can help to strengthen community resilience and personal resilience and reduces health inequalities. The ideal candidate will have experience in social prescribing or care navigation and be familiar with community and voluntary services.
We are recruiting for a full time Social Prescribing Link Worker.
There are also some specific skills required for this role. These include:
good listening skills
digital skills to research local groups online and update electronic patient records
the ability to put people at ease and gain their trust.
there are no formal qualification requirements for this role, but you should have some experience of working in health and social care or in a volunteering capacity
it will also be helpful to have a good knowledge of the local area – including local social care and health services, community and volunteering groups.
we expect you to have qualifications showing good English and number skills such as GCSE A-C in English and maths. It is desirable to have a social care qualification such as a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care.
it’s also really important that you have the right values and behaviours to work in social care
To apply for this job please visit www.jobs.nhs.uk.