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Job Description :
Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 8 June 2020
Provisional interview date: 16 June - South Kerrier and 18 June - Penwith
If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please call 01872 266388 and ask to speak to Nigel Clark, People & Estates Director
*Please note that some of the duties and responsibilities will be amended due to the impact of COVID-19; particularly around the way we engage with clients and colleagues.
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Reports to: People & Estates Director
Place of Work: West Penwith (working in GP surgeries which may include, Cape Cornwall, Marazion, Sunnyside, Morrab, Alverton, Rosmellyn, Bodriggy and Stennack) with the requirement to work at different locations and venues in Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly.
Salary: £24,214 per annum
Hours of Work: 37.5 hours per week
Duration: Fixed term for 2 years
We are delighted to be working in partnership with Pentreath for the recruitment of these posts and will host joint assessments. If you have any questions about this please contact us.
About the role:
In this role you will work within the West Cornwall primary care network multi-disciplinary healthcare team, providing 1:1 personalised support to people who are referred to you by team members and local agencies.
This post empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing by giving time to focus on ‘what matters to me’. You will build trusting relationships with people, create a shared personalised care and support plan and connect people to community groups and other voluntary and social enterprise organisations and services. You will also work with partners to provide support to community groups and Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations (VCSE) involved in social prescribing.
This role helps people to work on their health and wellbeing, specifically wider determinants of their health, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity, as well as other lifestyle issues and low-level mental health concerns, by increasing people’s active involvement with their local communities. This approach particularly helps with long term conditions (including support for mental health), people who are lonely or isolated, or who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.
You must be a good listener, have time for people and be committed to supporting local communities to care for each other. You will have experience of working positively with people facing complex social and emotional challenges. You will have great interpersonal skills in supporting people, community groups and local organisations.
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Purpose of the role
Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to ‘link workers’ who give time, focus on ‘what matters to me’ and take a holistic approach to an individual’s health and wellbeing, connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Link workers also support existing groups to be accessible and sustainable and help people to start new community groups, working collaboratively with all local partners. Social prescribing link workers will work as a key part of the primary care network (PCN) multi-disciplinary team (MDT).
Social prescribing can help PCNs to strengthen community and personal resilience and reduces health and wellbeing inequalities by addressing the wider determinants of health, such as debt, poor housing, physical inactivity and isolation, 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.
1. Working with direct supervision by a GP, take referrals from a wide range of agencies, including; PCNs’ GP practices and multi-disciplinary team, pharmacies, wider multi-disciplinary teams, hospital discharge teams, allied health professionals, fire service, police, job centres, social care services, housing associations, and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations (list not exhaustive).
2. As a key member of the PCN multi-disciplinary team; provide personalised support to individuals, their families and carers to take control of their health and wellbeing, live independently and improve their health outcomes. Develop trusting relationships by giving people time and focus on ‘what matters to me’. Take a holistic approach, based on the person’s priorities and the wider determinants of health. Co-produce a simple personalised care and support plan to improve health and wellbeing, and where appropriate, introducing or reconnecting people to community groups and statutory services. Manage and prioritise a caseload, in accordance with the needs, priorities and any urgent support required by individuals on the caseload. It is vital to have a strong awareness and understanding of when it is appropriate or necessary to refer people to other health professionals/agencies, when the person’s needs are beyond the scope of the link worker role – e.g. when there is a mental health need requiring a qualified practitioner.
Draw on, and increase the strengths and capacities of, local communities, enabling local VCSE organisations and community groups to receive social prescribing referrals, supporting them to use the Cornwall Link as a resource.
3. Alongside other members of the PCN multi-disciplinary team, work collaboratively with local partners, such as Pentreath Industries, Active Plus, and colleagues delivering other services on behalf of Age UK Cornwall, to contribute towards supporting the local VCSE organisations and community groups to become sustainable and nurture community assets. Sharing intelligence regarding any gaps or problems identified in local provision with commissioners and local authorities.
4. Social prescribing link workers will have a role in educating non-clinical and clinical staff within their PCN multi-disciplinary teams on what other services are available within the community and how and when patients can access them. This may include verbal or written advice, guidance and reference to Cornwall Link.
Provide Personalised support
Support community groups and VCSE organisations to receive referrals
Work collectively with all local partners to ensure community groups are strong and sustainable
Personal qualities & attributes
Qualifications & training
Skills & Knowledge
Travel is an essential part of the role; the post-holder will therefore be required to hold a valid driving license for the UK / travel independently to meet the requirements of the role. The post-holder will be required to adhere to the organisations Code of Conduct and demonstrate commitment to our “Living Well” Values.
'Living Well' is an approach based on values which shape the way Age UK Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly works. We recognise that each person is an individual and we put them and their lifestyle needs at the forefront of all that we do. We believe that, by enabling a person to live the life they want, to the best of their abilities, using their own motivation to achieve their chosen lifestyle, they will attain a greater sense of well-being. This, in turn, is shown to have a positive impact on their health, reducing their dependency on formal health and social care and helping them feel more connected to the people and activities in their local community.
Job Types: Full-time, Temporary
Salary: £24,214.00 /year
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