Social Prescribing Link Worker
Social Prescribing Link Worker
We have rewarding opportunity for a Social Prescribing Link Worker to focus on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. If you feel you could connect to people, community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support, we would love to hear from you!
Position: Social Prescribing Link Worker
Location: Birmingham and Solihull
Hours: Full and Part time hours available
Salary: £20,750 per annum (rising to £21,500 following successful completion of Probationary Period)
Benefits: The provision of workplace wellbeing support and activities, flexible working and a range of family friendly policies and subsidised parking.
Closing Date: Sunday 6th June (midnight)
Interview Date: 14th/15th June
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.
You will work as a key part of the primary care network (PCN) multi-disciplinary team. 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 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.
As Link Worker, you will need to be able to communicate well, build strong relationships with your team and you will have experience of supporting people with a mental health needs.
Other essential skills/experience include:
- Level 3 qualification in a relevant field (Health & Social Care, Health Trainer, Health Improvement, Community Family Worker, Psychology) or be working towards/willing to work towards
- Experience of supporting people with a mental health need and or complexities/vulnerabilities
- Experience of delivering one to one support
- Experience of partnership/collaborative working and of building relationships across a variety of organisations
- Knowledge of VCSE and community services in the locality
- Knowledge of IT systems including ability to use word processing skills, emails, the internet and able to create simple plans and reports
Although not essential it would be useful if you were trained in Motivational Coaching or Behaviour Change. The ability to speak one or more of the following “community” languages – Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali, Arabic, Somali, Romanian or Polish would also be advantageous
The service is delivered flexibly to meet the needs of patients so some evening and weekend work may be required.
An interview is guaranteed to suitably qualified and experienced people with disabilities and all successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check
About the Organisation
A leading provider of services to the health and social care sector, with the aim is to reduce inequalities in learning, employment and health. As an employer the organisation is proud to offer a range of benefits to staff including provision of workplace wellbeing support and activities, flexible working and a range of family friendly policies and subsidised parking.
You may also have experience in areas such as Floating Support, Befriending, Community Family Worker, Social Worker, Community Navigator, Peer Support Worker, Welfare Support, Family Worker, Family Support Worker, Benefit, Care, Therapeutic, Therapy, Advice, Adviser, Health, Wellbeing, Social Care, Social Care Services, Health and Social Care.