Starfish Health & Wellbeing
Penkridge, Staffordshire
Brewood, Staffordshire
£22,000 per year, depending on qualification and experience
Contract, Temporary, Full-time
Job description

1 x Community Link Advisor (Temporary)
Full Time: 37.5 hrs per week.
Salary: £22,000, depending upon qualification and experience.
This post will run until 31/03/2020 (potential to be extended due to the provision of funds)

Starfish Health and Wellbeing provides a range of primary care psychological therapies service that offers support to people who are emotionally distressed and looks at how we can support them in their recovery. We are seeking to recruit Midlands based Social Prescribing Link Workers for a range of periods of fixed term employment up to three years working in a partnership between Starfish Health and Wellbeing and the Primary Care Network.

The areas the project will cover are Seisdon Peninsula, Stafford Town, Stone & Eccleshall, Penkridge, Brewood & Rising Brook Stafford.  A driving licence is therefore, required for this role.

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 will support existing groups to be accessible and sustainable working collaboratively with local partners.

Key tasks of the role include: taking referrals from a wide range of agencies, working with GP practices within primary care networks, hospital discharge teams, pharmacies, job centres etc to promote social prescribing and its role in self-management; providing personalised support to individuals, their families and carers to improve their health outcomes; help people identify the wider issues that impact on their health and wellbeing, such as debt, loneliness, unemployment etc;  working with individuals to co-produce simple personalised support plans, including helping people to gain skills for meaningful employment, where appropriate; supporting community groups to receive referrals; working collectively with all local partners to ensure sustainable community groups and with commissioners and local partners to identify unmet needs within the community; recruiting and developing a team of volunteers to provide ‘buddying support’ for people, starting new groups and finding creative community solutions to local issues, providing regular ‘confidence surveys’ to community groups receiving referrals, to ensure strength and sustainability and data capture.

The role will require the successful candidates to manage and prioritise their own caseload.

Closing date: 20th November 2019 but may close earlier if a suitable candidate is found.
Interview date: 28th November 2019

Please click the 'Apply Now' button for more information on how to complete your application. 

A DBS disclosure will be requested for the successful applicant.

Starfish Health and Wellbeing is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. 

Starfish Health and Wellbeing is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

We only accept our completed applications.

No CVs or agencies please.

Posted on: 07 November 2019
Closed date: 20 November 2019
Job ref: 154836_SF
Tags: Advice, Information, Social Care/Development