The NHS Long Term Plan describes the prominent role Primary Care Networks (PCN’s) will play in delivering proactive, personalised and increased integrated health and social care for their local populations. Social prescribing forms part of this drive towards collaborative and holistic support. It empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to ‘link workers’ who give time, focusing on what matters to them. This might include connecting people to voluntary sector organisations, community groups and/or statutory services for practical and emotional support.
Across Southwark there are two PCNs geographically aligned to a GP Federation for the North and South. The GP Federation in the North is Quay Health Solutions and in the South is Improving Health Limited. The model will support 8 Localities and a total of 330,000 patients across North and South Southwark and employ 10 Social Prescribing Link Workers (SPLWs). Additional funding has been given to expand the team of SPLWs due to Covid-19 and we are therefore looking to recruit additional substantive staff. Whilst we are advertising the roles, we wanted to see if any furloughed staff would like the opportunity to come to us on a secondment. It is important all candidates have direct client facing experience and experience of care plan development.
Currently our team are providing support with welfare proactive calls, support with accessing food parcels, getting medication deliveries and many other areas of support such as emotional wellbeing and support with social isolation. This remains a very challenging time for many people across Southwark.
Our team is seeking a cadre of Social Prescribing Link Workers to work across our network providing dedicated support to general practice, our local population, during the Covid-19 period.
Purpose of the Role
Social prescribing can help PCN’s strengthen community and personal resilience and reduce health and wellbeing inequalities. It addresses the wider determinants of health, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity increasing people’s active involvement with their local communities. It particularly works for people with long term conditions, mental health, for people who are lonely or isolated, or have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.
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.
How to apply?
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