Social Prescribing Link Worker

Location: East Hampshire

Hours: Full-time or Part-time

Salary: £24,214 – £30,112 per annum, Pro-rata for part-time hours

We are a network of 9 GP practices that form the East Hampshire Primary Care Network (EHPCN).

We consist of multi-disciplinary healthcare teams who provide one-to-one personalised support to people referred to them by team members and local agencies.

The post will involve working as part of a wider team of Link Workers, covering a diverse population ranging from Bordon down to Rowlands Castle, including Petersfield and surrounding areas.

The Social Prescribing Role

The post empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing by giving time to focus on ‘What matters to me’.

The Social Prescribing Link Worker will build trusting relationships with people, create a shared personalised care and support plan, and connect them to local community groups, voluntary organisations, and services. In addition, they will work with a diverse range of partners to provide support to community groups and voluntary organisations involved in social prescribing.

This role helps people to work on their wider health and wellbeing, specifically addressing health access and outcomes and wider determinants of their health, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity, as well as other lifestyle issues and low-level mental health concerns by increasing an individual’s active involvement with their local communities. This approach is particularly helpful with long term conditions (including support for mental health), people who are lonely or isolated, or who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

You will plan and manage your own diary and caseload on a day-to-day basis, with time spent between individual PCN GP Practices, community settings, home visits and casework admin.

The Ideal Social Prescribing Link Worker

To be successful in this role you will need to be a good listener, have time for people, and be committed to supporting local communities to care for each other. You should have experience of working positively with people facing complex social and emotional challenges. You will have great interpersonal skills in supporting people, community groups, and local organisations.

This role will involve working 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.

We are committed to having a workforce in which people from diverse backgrounds are supported and empowered to work with local communities to improve health access and outcomes for all and provide culturally appropriate and responsive public services.

You will liaise closely with GPs, Health Professionals & practice staff across the PCN acting as part of the PCN/ General Practice team and a wider multi-agency integrated team. You will also explore and build on knowledge of the health and social care and voluntary organisations/services available in the area, identifying and contributing to the development of community sources of support.

Our Benefits

If you choose to begin a career with our organisation, you are guaranteed:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Excellent and comprehensive training
  • 5 weeks holiday per year plus Bank Holidays
  • Entitlement to join the NHS Pension scheme

How to Apply

If you think you have the skills to provide this service, we cannot wait to hear from you! Please click Apply to forward your details to us; please be sure to include a copy of your CV containing your name, email address and contact telephone number. We will then contact you directly to discuss the role and ask you a few key questions to make sure that this is the right position for you.

The first stage of the interview process will be a short telephone interview. The Recruiting Manager will talk to you about the service and ask you a few key questions to help assess your suitability for the role. If you are successfully screened you will then be invited for an interview.

Job Types: Full-time, or Part-time

Education:

  • A-Level or equivalent (Required)
  • NVQ Level 3, Advanced level or equivalent qualifications or working towards

Licence:

  • Full UK Driving Licence and own transport required

For more information and a Job Description email us at: Odette.kuc@nhs.net

Clinical Pharmacist – East Hampshire Primary Care Network

 Swan Medical Group, recruiting on bealf of East Hampshire Primary Care Network, has a rare opportunity for a Clinical Pharmacist. The post holder will support 9 GP Practices, and their multi-disciplinary teams, and provide expertise in clinical medicines management.

Job Summary

The Clinical Pharmacist will provide face to face structured medication reviews, review of patients with polypharmacy including those within residential care homes and those with multiple comorbidities. Additionally the role will require them to manage long term conditions, medicines on transfer of care and systems for safer prescribing, repeat prescription authorisation, and reauthorisation, as well as acute prescription requests. This is in line with the public health and social care needs of patients in the GP practices within East Hants Primary Care Network (PCN).

The post holder will also provide leadership on quality improvement and clinical audit as well as managing some aspects of the Quality and Outcomes Framework and in delivery of the PCN specifications.

The role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and operational efficiencies so requires motivation and passion to deliver an excellent service within General Practice.

The Post holder will be supported to develop their role and become a non-medical prescriber, if that qualification is not already held.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Patient facing Long-term Condition Clinics
  • Domiciliary Clinical Medication Reviews
  • Patient facing Care Home medication Reviews
  • Risk stratification
  • Unplanned hospital admissions- review the use of medications
  • Management of common/minor/self-limiting ailments
  • Management of medicines at discharge from hospital
  • Medicine information to practice staff and patients
  • Information management and analysis
  • Medicines quality improvement and safety
  • Education and Training to primary healthcare teams
  • Signposting

The above list is not exhaustive

  • A full job description is available on request
  • Must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • A DBS check will be required

Please apply with your up to date CV, and a covering letter, stating why this position interests you and your suitability for the role.

Send to: Odette.kuc@nhs.net

Part-time or full time hours: 24-36 per week

Salary: £38,000 – £41,000 depending on qualification’s and experience

COVID-19 precautions

  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Plastic shield at work stations
  • Temperature screenings
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitisation, disinfection or cleaning procedures in place
  • Lateral Flow test kits provided

First Contact Practitioner – Physiotherapist – East Hants Primary Care Network

We have a new position available for an experienced Physiotherapist to take on the role of First Contact Practitioner for East Hampshire Primary Care Network.

The role is available either full-time or part-time job share.

Salary: £39,000 to 52,000 – negotiable dependent on qualifications and experience

Job Summary

East Hants Primary Care Network (PCN) is a forward thinking Network of 9 practices within East Hampshire covering circa 80,000 patients. Keen on developing local services for our patients, First Contact Physiotherapy has been highlighted as a key development need for our population. This role will be central to this objective and key to the development of a PCN led, Healthier Lifestyle work force.

The post holder will be a key member of the East Hants Primary Care Network Clinical Delivery Team and employed by Swan Medical Group as the PCN Lead practice. They will be required to work alongside the PCN Leadership team and Clinical Practitioners to deliver First Contact Musculoskeletal support to our patients and help develop our PCN led Healthier Lifestyle team. This role is based on the musculoskeletal core capabilities framework and will fulfil.

The key responsibilities and person specification below outline the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The job holder may be asked to carry out other duties as may be reasonably required by their experience and role at the request of the PCN.

Key Responsibilities

The First Contact Physiotherapist has the following key responsibilities; to:

1) Provide clinical expertise, acting as a first-contact physiotherapist making decisions about the best course of action for patients’ care (including in relation to undifferentiated conditions). This will involve seeing patients, without prior contact with their GP (where the service is designed as such), in order to establish a rapid and accurate diagnosis and management plan. independently, without day to day supervision, to assess, diagnose, triage, and manage patients, taking responsibility for prioritising and managing a caseload of the PCN’s Registered Patients;

2) work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a patient facing role, using their expert knowledge of movement and function issues, to create stronger links for wider services through clinical leadership, teaching and evaluation;

3) develop integrated and tailored care programmes in partnership with patients, facilitate behavioural change, optimise individuals’ physical activity, mobility, and utilising a range of first line treatment options including self-management, referral to rehabilitation services and social prescribing;

4) make use of their full scope of practice, developing skills relating to independent prescribing, injection therapy and investigation to make professional judgements and decisions in unpredictable situations, including when provided with incomplete or contradictory information. They will take responsibility for making and justifying these decisions;

5) manage complex interactions, including working with patients with psychosocial and mental health needs, referring onwards as required and including social prescribing when appropriate;

6) communicate effectively with patients, and their carers where applicable, complex and sensitive information regarding diagnoses, pathology, prognosis and treatment choices supporting personalised care;

7) implement all aspects of effective clinical governance for own practice, including undertaking regular audit and evaluation, supervision and training;

8) develop integrated and tailored care programmes in partnership with patients through:

  1. i) effective shared decision-making with a range of first line management options (appropriate for a patient’s level of activation);
  2. ii) assessing levels of Patient Activation to support a patient’s own level of knowledge, skills and confidence to self-manage their conditions, ensuring they are able to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of self-management interventions, particularly for those at low levels of activation;

iii) agreeing with patient’s appropriate support for self-management through referral to rehabilitation focussed services and wider social prescribing as appropriate; and

  1. iv) designing and implementing plans that facilitate behavioural change, optimise patient’s physical activity and mobility, support fulfilment of personal goals and independence, and reduce the need for pharmacological interventions;

9) request and progress investigations (such as x-rays and blood tests) and referrals to facilitate the diagnosis and choice of treatment regime including, considering the limitations of these derived from these and the relative sensitivity and specificity of particular tests diagnostic services, interpret and act on results and feedback to aid patients’ diagnoses and management plans; and

10) be accountable for decisions and actions via Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration, supported by a professional culture of peer networking/review and engagement in evidence-based practice.

Qualifications and Experience Required

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy
  • A Masters level qualification or the equivalent specialist knowledge, skills and experience
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Hold relevant public liability insurance
  • May hold or be working towards a prescribing qualification
  • May hold or be working towards a postgraduate physiotherapy qualification

A full Job Description is available on request.

To apply, please forward your CV, and a cover letter explaining why you feel this role is a good fit for you, or for further information:

Email:  Odette.kuc@nhs.net