Fixed Term Contract Up to 12 Months (Possible Extension)
Please Note : A Full UK Driving License and Access to a Vehicle is an Essential Requirement
Turning Point is a leading Social Enterprise which supports people with a wide range of complex needs across Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, Substance Misuse and Public Health.
Right now, we are now looking for a talented candidate to work within our new Social Prescribing service in Birmingham as a Social Prescribing Specialist Link Worker.
The successful candidate will specialise in one of the below divisions of the team :
Learning Disability & Autism
Complex Mental Health
Passionate about people, you’ll enjoy the opportunity and support to enhance your own life and career too, as you gain the experience and training you need to progress in your career within a social enterprise.
So if you’re ambitious and ready for a fresh challenge with a sector leader then this could be the opportunity for you.
As a Social Prescribing Specialist Link Worker you’ll have the chance to make a real difference to the lives of the people we support by empowering individuals within the geographical area and the wider surrounding areas to take control of their health and wellbeing by supporting people over time, focusing on what matters to me’ and take a holistic approach to improving an individual’s health and wellbeing.
The Social Prescribing Specialist Link Worker will be accountable for :
Providing personalised information and advice via 1 to 1 sessions based on specialist experience and knowledge
Facilitating problem solving and goal setting skills through 1 to 1 wellbeing sessions including the development of individual wellbeing plans
Facilitate and connect people to diverse community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Link workers will support existing groups to be accessible and sustainable and help people to start new community groups, working collaboratively with all local diverse partners
Reducing health inequalities (in relation to timely access and outcomes) and wellbeing inequalities by addressing the wider determinants of health, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity, by increasing people’s active involvement with their local diverse communities
The Ideal Candidate
Essential Requirements :
A good working knowledge of the geographical area in which you are assigned to and organisations that the service could benefit from working with
Ability to actively listen, empathise with people and provide person-centred support in a non-judgemental way
Able to provide a culturally sensitive service, by supporting people from all backgrounds and communities, respecting lifestyles and diversity
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with people, their families, carers, community groups, partner agencies and stakeholders
Ability to identify risk and assess / manage risk when working with individuals
Have a strong awareness and understanding of when it is appropriate or necessary to refer people back to other health professionals / agencies, when the person’s needs are beyond the scope of the link worker role e.
g. when there is a mental health need requiring a qualified practitioner
Able to work from an asset-based approach, building on existing community and personal assets
Commitment to collaborative working with all local agencies (including VCSE organisations and community groups). Able to work with others to reduce hierarchies and find creative solutions to community issues
Ability to organise, plan and prioritise on own initiative, including when under pressure and meeting deadlines
High level of written and oral communication skills
Understanding of the needs of small volunteer-led community groups and ability to support their development
Able to provide motivational coaching to support people’s behaviour change
Knowledge of, and ability to work to, policies and procedures, including confidentiality, safeguarding, lone working, information governance, and health and safety
Knowledge of the personalised care approach
Understanding of the wider determinants of health, including social, economic and environmental factors and their impact on communities, individuals, their families and carers
Knowledge of community development approaches
Knowledge of IT systems, including ability to use word processing skills, emails and the internet to create simple plans and reports
Knowledge of the social and health needs of people with varying degrees of complexity
Caseload management of a complex nature
Demonstrable skills and knowledge in assessing risk presented by clients to themselves and others
Harm reduction, suicide and self-harm awareness
Management of incidents of a violent or aggressive nature