3 Social Prescribing Link Workers (SPLW) are needed to complete our successful team.
Permanent contract – Full time 35 hours per week.
You will be employed by Brent Mencap and work with Brent GP practices to support patients with social issues impacting their health and well-being and providing them with advice, support and directing them to the right services in Brent. Examples of patients SPLWs work with include those who need help with their housing, welfare benefits, employment, mental health and those who are socially isolated.
The SPLWs work in a Primary Care Networks (PCN) and they are based in GP practices supporting patients referred for non clinical needs. Often patients come to the GP practices seeking help for social issues such as social isolation, loneliness, problems with their housing or benefits, unemployment etc. Social prescribing is a way of referring patients to different support services in the community, in order to improve their health and wellbeing. This is a new role in Brent but has been successfully working in other areas across the country. It is a part of the NHS Long-Term Plan’s. For more information about Social Prescribing visit the below links:
The SPLW will build trusting relationships with people, create a shared personalised care and support plan and connect them to local, diverse and culturally appropriate community groups, organisations and services.
As a SPLW you must be a good listener, have time for people and be committed to supporting local communities to care for each other. You will have great interpersonal skills in supporting people. The post holder will work with a diverse range of people from different cultural and social backgrounds. The ability to work confidently and effectively in a diverse, and sometimes challenging environment is essential.
As a SPLW you will:
Support patients in a person centered way.
Work alongside GPs and other health professionals to support patients who have non medical needs.
Provide Information and advice to patients and direct them to the right services.
Provide personalised support to individuals, their families and carers.
Assisting patients to engage with community based services, groups and activities.
Supporting patients to take control of their well-being, live independently and improve their health outcomes.
Supporting patients to develop personalised and manageable goals and aid decision making for them.
Developing trusting relationships by giving patients time to focus on what matters to them.
Introduce self-care and self-management to patients.
Use the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) questionnaire to assess patients and improve their PAM level (confidence, skills and knowledge) so they can better manage their health.
Reduce social isolation and help patients access community services.
Training will be provided and you will have access to our Directory of services to help you direct patients to the right services.
Closing Date for applications: 1pm Thursday 17th June 2021.
Interview to be held on: Tuesday 22nd June 2021 at Brent Mencap office in Willesden.