Social Prescribing Link Worker - Permanent, full time career opportunity

Swindon Wiltshire
28 days holiday, flexible working, contributory pension scheme

Social Prescribing Link Worker, permanent full time post based Swindon. This exciting and hugely rewarding career opportunity is offered with a competitive salary and enhanced employee benefits program. Reporting to the Community Participation Manager you will work as a key part of the primary care network (PCN) multi-disciplinary team.

You will be employed by Swindon Borough Council on behalf of the Great Western Hospital and will be part of the Swindon Borough Council Healthy Communities team helping people to work on their wider health and wellbeing. This will include the need to address health access and outcomes, looking at the wider determinants of an individual’s 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 within their local community. This approach can help people with long term conditions (including support for mental health), loneliness and isolation or those that may have complex social needs.

As a Social Prescribing Link Worker, you will work with a diverse range of people from different cultural and social backgrounds, visiting clients in their homes, therefore a full driving licence is required for this position or the ability to travel around the borough of Swindon.

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’. Link workers take a holistic approach to an individual’s health and wellbeing, connecting people to diverse community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Link workers also support existing groups to be accessible and sustainable and help people start new community groups, working collaboratively with local partners

This role includes working with direct supervision by a GP, taking referrals from a wide range of agencies, including multi-disciplinary teams across the sectors of health and social care. You will need to establish partnership working with GP practices so that the role is seen as a key member of the extended community practice team. There is a need to support people to develop healthy lifestyles through improved understanding of the choices that they make, identifying and utilising community and voluntary resources to improve individual self-care and to highlight ideas and areas of needs for future community and voluntary service provision

Ideally for the role of Social Prescribing Link Worker you will have knowledge of community resources across health, social care and the voluntary and community sector, with a full understanding of  the boundaries of confidentiality and safeguarding.  Working with vulnerable clients and those with long term health conditions, people struggling to cope with their condition - physically and emotionally plus dealing with potential safeguarding concerns.

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