Social Prescribing Link Worker, Ruils – apply by 20 December 2019

Salary: £24,000-27,000 per annum (or part time equivalent) / 37.5 hours per week (5 days per week)

Ruils is working with the Richmond General Practice Alliance (RGPA) and the local Primary Care Networks to develop and deliver Social Prescribing in Richmond.  They are recruiting talented, dedicated individuals to take up this vital new community-based role as part of a Borough wide team.

Ruils is a user-led charity based in Richmond borough that supports children and adults with disabilities and the elderly to live independently, be part of their community and to live life to the full.

Social Prescribing is part of the NHS Long-Term plan and enables GPs and other health care professionals to refer patients to a Link Worker who can work with individuals to connect them with services and activities in their local community.  The post empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing by giving time to focus on ‘what matters to me’.

Ruils is looking for people from any walk of life who have experience of working with individuals to support and advocate for them, in order to gain access to the individual support they need.

In this role you will:

·         Work with individuals and their carers on a one-to-one basis to plan for their needs and find the support and activities desired;

·         Engage with community organisations and specialist services that provide that support to ease the path for your clients;

·         Work closely with Primary Care Networks, GPs, health care professionals, and other wellbeing services in Richmond to find the need and locate the support;

·         You will have responsibility for managing a caseload and dealing with referrals;

·         Your role involves working with people who might be experiencing complex issues, so you will need outstanding listening and communication skills, empathy and enthusiasm.

You’ll need also need:

  • excellent IT and organisational skills
  • to be adept at seeking out the information for relevant community services
  • to have a tenacity to help people achieve sustainable improvements in their wellbeing.

All candidates will be considered, including those seeking to be employed on a part-time, job share basis.

Please note that this role is subject to an Enhanced DBS check with Adult and Child Barring.

For more details, including how to apply, visit the ruils website.

The closing date for applications is Friday 20 December 2019.

Interviews will be held between 6 and 8 January 2020.