Project Description

Social Prescriber

Gillingham Medical Practice

Closing date: 19th June 2022

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Social Prescriber (focusing on families and young people)

Gillingham Medical Practice

The closing date is 19 June 2022

Job summary

At Gillingham Medical Practice we are keen to develop a social prescribing role to focus on families and young people to address some of the inequalities in healthcare. Initially, time will need to be spent developing the role and to build contacts with organisations who work with children and young people.

It is essential that the successful applicant will have a proven track record in championing the needs of young people and has worked directly with young people either through social care or as a youth worker.

As we move closer into the digital age the successful applicant must have knowledge of social media platforms and how to use them effectively to engage with families and young people. There will be a requirement to work flexibly to reach those who are not so easy to engage with during the daytime.

The successful applicant will be working alongside an experienced social prescriber and will have access to a peer group support.

The Primary Care Network (PCN) at Gillingham Medical Practice is small friendly team. We are looking for candidates who have experience, show genuine enthusiasm for the work, are self-motivated and able to work as a team.

Main duties of the job

Social Prescribing Link Workers give people time and focus on what matters to the person as identified in their care and support plan. They connect people to community groups and agencies for practical and emotional support and offer a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, hence the name ‘social prescribing’.

Social prescribing enables patients referred by general practice, pharmacies, multi-disciplinary teams, hospital discharge teams, allied health professionals, fire service, police, job centres, social care services, housing associations and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations get the right care for them.

The role of social prescribers is non-judgemental, empowering people to take control of their own health and wellbeing with a holistic approach focusing on ‘What matters to me’.

The post holder will respond to the unmet needs of young people and older people in the locality via the social prescribing model. The Social Prescriber will connect children, young people and older people into a broad range of services and interventions in their local area in a timely and effective way, led by the wants and needs of the patients.

Social Prescribers work collaboratively with a wide range of people including other social prescribing team members, health professionals, multi-agency teams, community support groups and patients.

About us

We are a friendly, high-performing semi-rural GP Practice in North Dorset, within easy reach of the A30 and A303.

We have six GP Partners and a wide range of other members of the team, including management, Salaried GPs, Advanced Practitioners, Nurses, HCAs, and excellent admin support. Through our Primary Care Network, we have access to First Contact Physiotherapy, a Clinical Pharmacist, and a growing and ground-breaking Social Prescribing team. We actively involve our patients as much as possible, through our Patient Participation Group and via our Health Champions.

We prioritise excellent patient care, but also focus on work: life balance and being family friendly. Many of the leadership team have young children, which makes us even more attuned to the challenges of balancing vocations and families.

We are based over two sites in Gillingham, The Barn and Peacemarsh Surgeries.

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Interviews for this post: w/c 27th June at Peacemarsh Surgery

Employer Details

Gillingham Medical Practice

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