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South Uttlesford PCN

Primary Care Network (PCN) Social Prescribing Link Worker

Job description

South Uttlesford PCN are looking to hire a Social Prescribing Link Worker.
This post will operate within the South Uttlesford Primary Care Network supporting five local GP practices. As part of the PCN’s plans for transforming and developing primary care locally, the post holder will be expected to operate flexibly and collaboratively with all stakeholders. The role will be part of a multi-disciplinary team and will be central to the delivery of key network objectives.  
Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to non-medical ‘link workers’ 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.
Link workers support existing groups to be accessible and sustainable and help people to start new community groups, working collaboratively with all local partners.
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.
The Job Description and Person Specification provide outlines of the responsibilities and requirements for this role.
About the Candidate
Qualifications, training & experience:  

  •  NVQ Level 3, Advanced level or equivalent qualifications or working towards
  •  Training in motivational coaching and interviewing or equivalent experience
  •  Experience of supporting people, their families and carers in a related role (including unpaid work)
  •  Experience of supporting people with their mental health, either in a paid, unpaid or informal capacity
  •  Experience of working with the VCSE sector (in a paid or unpaid capacity), including with volunteers and small community groups
  • Personal qualities:
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  • Ability to listen, empathise with people and provide person centred support in a non-judgemental way
  • Able to get along with people from all backgrounds and communities, respecting lifestyles and diversity
  • Commitment to reducing health inequalities and proactively working to reach people from all communities
  • Able to support people in a way that inspires trust and confidence, motivating others to reach their potential
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with people, their families, carers, community groups, partner agencies and stakeholders
  • Ability to organise, plan and prioritise on own initiative, including when under pressure and meeting deadlines
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