Harrow, Greater London
£24,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Are you looking for a fresh challenge? Join Harrow Social Prescribing Service, led by local voluntary sector providers in partnership with the Local Authority, Public Health and Primary Care Networks (GPs in Harrow).

Harrow Community Action (HCA) is a voluntary sector consortium established to deliver creative solutions to public service contracts within a robust governance structure.

We currently run three services: An advice & information service, a volunteering support programme and fundraising/capacity-building service for local groups

All our services are delivered by local voluntary organisations for which HCA is the vehicle to bring organisations together.

As a Social Prescribing Link Worker (SPLW), you will be employed by Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow & Brent. You will also be assigned to work closely with a group of GP practices (Primary Care Network). You will be joining the current team of Harrow SPLWs under the umbrella of HCA and you will be supported by an expert Social Prescribing Manager. We will provide full induction and training into this exciting additional role for Harrow Collaborative Network PCN.

We are looking to recruit to the post of SPLW, to work within our Primary Care Network multi-disciplinary healthcare team, providing 1:1 personalised support to people who are referred to them by team members and local agencies.

You will provide 1:1 personalised support to people who are referred to the service which empowers people to take control of their health and well-being by giving time to focus on 'What Matters to Me'. The SPLW will build trusting relationships with people, create a shared personalised care and support plan and connect them to community groups, VCSE organisations and services. They will also work with partners to provide support to community groups and VCSE organisations involved in social prescribing.

This role helps people to work on their wider health and well-being, 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 people 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 should 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.

In the current pandemic situation, SPLWs are operating remotely and client consultations are virtual. However, when the COVID-19 circumstance eases you will be expected to be based in GP practices.

If you think this job is for you; please send your completed application and equality & diversity forms.

Reference ID: SPLWaddHCPCN2020

Application Deadline: 04/12/2020

Interviews: 15th or 16th December 2020

Posted on: 13 November 2020
Closed date: 04 December 2020
Tags: Social Care/Development

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