Social Prescribing Link Worker (Sources of Support)

Favourite Dundee City Council
Ref no: DEE01872
Closes: Tuesday, 17th October 2017
Published: Monday, 16th October 2017
Location: Dundee City Council – Various Locations in Dundee
Salary: £28,167 - £31,196 per year
Hours: 37.00 hours per week
Contract Type: Permanent
Position Type: Full Time
Organisation: Dundee City Council
Category: Social Services / Housing / Childcare
Sub-category: Community Development

Job Description

With a base in Dundee city and working within agreed GP practices, you will work full time, 37 hours per week, if under Dundee City Council contract, and 37.5 hours per week if under NHS contract. Part time hours will be considered and can be discussed at interview. Where the successful candidate is a current employee of a local authority, the post will be offered under the terms and conditions of Dundee City Council. Where the successful candidate is a current employee of an NHS employer the post will be offered under the terms and conditions of NHS Tayside. However, the successful candidate may opt to be employed by Dundee City Council or NHS Tayside. In the event that the successful candidate is not currently employed by a local authority or NHS employer, they will be given the choice of who will be the appropriate employer.

Requirements

You will have a Degree, or equivalent, in relevant area and documented evidence of post-graduate training.

Responsibilities

You will take patient referrals from GPs and other healthcare professionals within designated practices and efficiently organise and manage cases from initial assessment, to progress through to outcomes, which include improved mental wellbeing, increased access to services, and reduced frequent attendance within primary care. You will provide a person-centred service that is responsive to the needs and interests of clients and support them to identify issues, concerns and barriers to change that affect their health, mental wellbeing and quality of life. Working collaboratively with the client, you will support them through decision making processes to agree the issues they would like to address and activities/services they wish to access. Service development will be part of your role in order to expand the capacity of others to support social prescribing.

The Individual

You will have relevant experience of working with clients on a 1 to 1 basis and in similar situations to the social prescribing service, such as health coaching, caseload management, motivational interviewing, counselling techniques, have comprehensive knowledge of the mental health and Well-being/health inequalities agendas, experience of working with people in a social or health context and of working with people with complex needs. You will be committed to the aims of the SOS Scheme, able to make judgements involving complex facts or situations which require analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options, to communicate highly sensitive information clearly in writing and orally, have word processing skills/ability to be self-sufficient in terms of administration, meticulous time management skills, able to work in partnership and as part of a team and have analytical and problem solving skills. Occasional evening working will also be required. This post is considered Regulated Work with Children and/or Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. The preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme update check, prior to a formal offer of employment being made by Dundee City Council.

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