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Job Vacancies: Community Link Workers

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Job Title: Community Link Worker (Social Prescriber)

Responsible to: Adapt (NE) and West Northumberland PCN

Hours: 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm. Full-time – open to Job Share

Location: GP surgeries across West Northumberland Primary Care Network

Salary: £23,761 per annum

Benefits: 25 days holiday per year, plus statutory holidays pro rata

 

This is an opportunity to be involved in delivering and supporting solutions for patients across West Northumberland. We are recruiting for two full time posts.

Please find below the Job Description/Person Specification and application form. Please tell us how you meet the person specification within the application form.

Completed applications to be returned by 5.00pm, Thursday 5 December 2019.

Interviews will be held at Adapt (NE), Burn Lane, Hexham on Friday 13 December 2019.

If you require any further information please contact Liz Prudhoe, Director, on 01434 600599.

 

Background

Since April 2019, the new GP Contract has enabled the development of locality-based Primary Care Networks (PCNs) with an aim to both support General Practice and to provide a more holistic approach to the needs of their patients by linking them to a wide range of health, social care and voluntary sector services in the community, often addressing factors such as housing, financial strain and social isolation.

Social Prescribing in Primary Care is designed to support GP practices, patients, their families and carers in navigating local voluntary, community and statutory services, supporting and empowering patients to take control of their health and wellbeing.

Funding has initially allowed recruitment of two Full Time posts – (Job Share is available) for Community Link Workers to serve the population of West Northumberland PCN, which if successful may expand in the near future.

West Northumberland PCN is a large network which represents 14 practices across the area, centred on Hexham but extending west-east from Haltwhistle to Ponteland, and north-south from Bellingham to Allendale. The clients themselves may live rurally beyond these areas.

The Community Link Worker will work across a number of allocated GP practices, in collaboration with practice-based Care Navigators. Although initially referrals are likely to be limited to those arising from the General Practice team, the aim of the Community Link Worker role is to provide non-medicalised support to clients.

Community Link Worker Job Description/Person Specification

Community Link Worker Letter

Community Link Worker Application Form

Healthwatch Northumberland Conference

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The Healthwatch Northumberland Conference 2019 is at The Phoenix Theatre in Blyth on Wednesday 16 October. Healthwatch Northumberland is the independent champion for people who use NHS and social care services. The Conference will include listening workshops, films and guest speakers on the areas of health and social care people in Northumberland said were most important to them – mental health, GP services, access to services and dementia. The event is free and there’ll be an ‘information buffet’ providing information on local health and support services, a free raffle, plus lunch and refreshments will be provided. This is your chance to share your experiences with those that provide them and find out what’s available locally.

A free bus will be available from Hexham – please call the team to book: 03332 408468.

 

Come and join in the community conversation about your local health and social care services.

 

Workshops and talks include:

Health Checks – why aren’t more people taking up these

Substance Misuse  – assessing local needs

Primary Care Networks – more about how GP surgeries are working together

Patient Participation Groups – how to get more involved with your local surgery

Social Prescribing – how community-based services can help with health issues

A Space at the Table – Real life experiences of those caring for loved ones with dementia

Singing workshop – a fun feel-good session from a local group which runs sessions for those with memory loss

Dementia-friendly ambulances – how listening to patients has led to innovative new dementia-friendly vehicles

 

If you live or work in Northumberland and are interested in NHS, health and social care services we think you’ll enjoy this event.

 

Register here