Advanced Social Prescriber


Advanced Social Prescriber

Gloucestershire / Home based

Fixed term until March 2023, Full Time (37.5 hpw)

Salary circa £24,000 pa (pro rata), plus Brilliant Benefits!

Strengthening community resilience. That’s when it hits home.

We have a fabulous job opportunity for you to join our awesome (and growing) team! Our new Advanced Social Prescriber will expand on our Community Wellbeing service and take a holistic approach to empower people in taking control of their health and wellbeing, building resilience in individuals and the community. We connect people to community groups, as well as statutory services for practical and emotional support.

You’ll support people who are high intensity users that access a range of services across the Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS) including NHS111, acute hospital services, out of hours, mental health, wellbeing and ambulance services. You’ll provide a coordinated and alternative care approach.

You’ll provide meaningful and consistent psycho-social support and adopt a health coach and motivational approach. You’ll signpost individuals and provide appropriate and personalised care plans. You’ll also support the avoidance of unnecessary acute service admissions in response to a crisis of escalating needs for these individuals.

You’ll work remotely and provide regular ‘check ins’, welfare checks and support our customers to achieve their goals and transition to other services.

You’ll also focus on supporting people that are not accessing scheduled services and rely heavily on unscheduled services for their health care. Those referred into the service will be contacted by phone and assessed using a personalised approach to uncover any underlying reason for accessing unscheduled care.

This may reveal a range of complaints; social issues combined with alcohol dependency, mental health, criminal justice and potentially some extremely complex medical presentations. Where it is identified that the service is not able to support the High Intensity User due to the complexity of their presentation, the individual will be referred back to Gloucestershire Health and Care Services.

About you

As an Advanced Social Prescriber, you’ll be an advocate for each customer, guiding them through the complex journey and multifaceted approach which has resulted in inappropriate use of unscheduled care.

Whether the reason for calling is clinical, social, mental health, addiction, loneliness or a combination of any of these factors, you’ll identify and adapt the support to effectively meet their needs.You’ll work from a strengths-based perspective and guide, encourage and promote self-independence.

You’ll work in collaboration with local partners and agencies including GPs, primary care, multi-disciplinary teams, fire service, police, job centres, voluntary organisations. You could find yourself supporting someone to set up their own community group.

You’ll be a great communicator and good listener, able to develop trusting relationships giving people the time to focus on ‘what matters to them’. You’ll co-produce personalised support plans to improve health and wellbeing.

You’ll manage and prioritise your own caseload and be able to recognise when you need to refer to a health professional. You’ll also work with your colleagues to provide training to other organisations on social prescribing, advocating the service and generating referrals.

Here at Home Group we have invested heavily in our future and use current and up to date equipment. So it's really important to us that you are technologically savvy (or at the very least not a technophobe!)

It would be amazing if you have worked in this type of environment before, however it’s your “can do” positive attitude and enthusiasm that are critical to make this role a success. We can nurture your talent, just let us know in your cover letter why you have a passion for working here!

As this is a community-based job, it is essential that you are a driver, with access to a vehicle insured for business purposes. Don’t worry, we’ll pay you expenses to cover this use!

When you join, you’ll need to have a valid Enhanced Check under the Disclosure and Barring Service. The great news is that we will pay for that to be done if you don’t have a transferrable one.

Where and when you’ll do your job

Our service usually runs from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm but we do require you to be flexible for our customers. As we’re asking you to be flexible for us, we aim to give you the time you need to spend time doing the things that matter to you!

You’ll work across Gloucester city and within community settings when restrictions change. The great news is that you will have the flexibility of working autonomously and we’ll give you the technology and kit to make that easy.

About our team

You’ll work alongside our fabulous team, who are super passionate about supporting customers to reach their goals and celebrating their achievements. To us we’re not just a team we’re a “work family”, who describe themselves as a ‘Swiss army knife’ in the area!

Our manager is Matt, who’s worked for Home Group for 4 years! There are 8 of us in the team and we don’t just love to support our customers, we’re there for each other too!

Be yourself at Home

HomeGroupiscommitted totacklingprejudice and discrimination, not just for our customers, butfor ourcolleagues too!We’re super proud of our internal Diversity Networks and allies (Multicultural, LGBTQIA and Disability) which support colleagues from different backgrounds to be their true selves. Werecognise and celebrate our differences, together we make Home Group a great place to work!

More about this job

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Applying for this job

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