Social Prescribing Link Worker

Social Prescribing Link Worker

Original posting on NHS jobs:

Walsall Primary Care Network

The closing date is 12 February 2021

Job overview

We are recruiting social prescribers to support individuals to access the support of voluntary and community organisations and make social connections. The role, often referred to as social prescribing, will involve:

working with GPs and other health and care professionals to identify those who would benefit most from support within their local community,supporting people to create their own wellbeing plan, focused on non-clinical aspects of mental and physical wellbeing, and supporting them to engage with local community activity to meet their needs and desires.

Main duties of the job

The ideal candidate will:have experience of working with people with complex social and health needs,be committed to supporting individual decision making and a personcenteredapproach,have experience of working with voluntary and community organisations.

Works well with Communities and knowledgeable, General insight within the NHS.

About us

The Walsall PCN Board currently employ a team of social prescribers to work across the borough. This vacancy is an exciting opportunity to join our newly established and ever growing team, who are passionate about deliverying excellent patient care to the population.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Each post will work with one of seven clusters of GP surgeries known as Primary Care Networks across the north, east, south or west of Walsall. The posts will be based at and provide the service from the GP surgeries or other locations, with some requirement to attend team meetings and training at OurNets Head Office, located in Bloxwich, as well as training at other local or regional venues as necessary.

Specific duties:

Working closely with Primary Care Network Clinical Directors and take direction from them as to the needs of the service.

To work alongside clinical and non-clinical staff within GP surgeries to identify and receive referrals for individuals who would benefit from support within the community to address their non-clinical needs.

To support individuals to undertake a holistic self-assessment, based on the persons priorities, and co-design a simple personalised care and support plan, identifying support needs to ensure maximum engagement in improving health and wellbeing and enable individuals, and their families and carers to live independently and improve their health outcomes

To support individuals to access service and activities and make connections within their community and address their needs and desires as identified in their Personalised Care Plan.

To provide individuals with a coordinated service, remaining point of contact throughout as required.

To attend and input into multi-disciplinary team meetings as required to develop and inform individual care plans.

To undertake follow up assessments with individuals at set intervals and according to agreed review timescales, as required.

To keep accurate records using agreed systems and contribute to programme evaluation.

To work according to confidentiality and data sharing policies of OurNet Health Services Ltd, the Walsall PCNs and its relevant partners.

To develop strong personal networks and relationships within GP surgeries and voluntary and community groups.

Manage and prioritise their own case load, in accordance with needs, priorities and any urgent support required by individuals on the case load.

Where required and appropriate refer people back to other health professionals within the primary care network.

Support staff within the primary care network with information about local voluntary and community resources and how patients can access them.

General duties:

Achieve agreed performance targets and participate in regular supervision and personal reviews.

Engage in training, identify personal and professional development needs and continuously seek to refresh knowledge in relation to the job.

Cooperate in the formulation and development of systems for monitoring and evaluating the work of the organisation.

Provide information for and contribute to the administration of communications media as appropriate.

Work within the Clinical Governance framework of the practices in the PCN, incorporating risk management and all other quality initiatives.

Treat with confidentiality any information about any organisation, its staff, trustees or clients that is sensitive, personal or private.

Cover the work of colleagues during holidays or absences.

Be aware of and adhere at all times to OurNet Health Services Ltds policies and procedures, including the organisations equal opportunities policies and with due regard for health and safety, and the relevant policies and procedures of the host Primary Care Network.

Travel to all parts of the borough and the wider Black Country as appropriate to deliver the role.

Work flexibly and be available for occasional out-of-hours working as appropriate.

Person Specification



  • Level 3 in Health & Social Care, Counselling or other relevant Field, or suitable relevant work experience.

  • Candidates must hold a full UK driving license and have access to a vehicle for work purposes.


  • Experience of using EMIS Web would be advantageous.



  • Experience of working in a GP Practice would be advantageous.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

Walsall Primary Care Network


29 The Pinfold



Employer's website

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