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Publication1Job: Social Prescribing / Health Support Worker (part time)

Company: Kiveton Park & Wales Community Development Trust Salary: £19,000 to £22,000 per annum (pro rata)

Telephone: 01909 773348 Email:

The post-holder will be responsible for continuing an established Social Prescribing Service in Kiveton Park and surrounding area.

The project provides a referral system for GPs and other Healthcare professionals to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to a range of non-clinical services. This is based on the belief that the best way to tackle around 70-80% of health issues lies in non-medical solutions.

Closing date: by noon on Monday 30th April 2018

Applications before: 30th April 2018

Title:                            Social Prescribing / Health Support officer

Salary Scale:                £19,000 to £22,000 per annum (pro rata)

Plus up to 5% pension and 30 days annual leave (including Bank Holidays)

Hours of work:             15

Responsible to:            Voluntary Action Rotherham Social Prescribing Unit

Main Purpose:

The post-holder will be responsible for delivering a Social Prescribing Service in line with the delivery of the contract held by VAR with Rotherham NHS

The aim of this service would be to increase the capacity of GP practices to meet the non-clinical needs of their patients through provision of a voluntary and community sector (VCS) liaison service.

You will work with residents who need help and support to manage issues in their lives which are having a negative impact on their general health and wellbeing in order to reduce or prevent the number of unnecessary consultations with General Practitioners and to reduce or delay future burdens on health and social care providers.

The ethos of this post is to use a person centred approach to support residents to identify their needs and find solutions which allow them to improve their health and wellbeing, this could be by accessing existing community groups or supporting the development of new community groups or activities.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To contact clients referred via GPs, make them aware of available groups / activities and identify their preferred social participation.


  • To support assigned customers in attending activities, meetings etc. as outlined in their goals set and agreed by the customer with the Co-ordinator.
  • To support the customer’s journey towards independence through the support programme that is Social Prescribing.
  • To work closely with VAR Co-ordinators in progressing customers through the programme.
  • To support the running of Friendship Groups and Community Activities to ensure a friendly face, warm welcome and positive experience for new and existing customers.
  • To provide appropriate feedback and information to Co-ordinators to allow customers to progress. This includes the recording of relevant information in line with the service requirements
  • Responsible for managing the budget allocation for the project.


  • Assist in the sourcing of funding for the development and continuation of the project.


  • Looking at ways to sustain the service by recruiting and training volunteers


  • Comply with safeguarding procedures, lone working and risk assessments


  • To undertake such other duties which are consistent with the responsibilities of the post.


  • Exploring the development of ‘in-house’ projects for clients.


  • To support the promotion of the service to the wider community.

Further details:

The post-holder must undertake a successful DBS check as a condition of appointment and be willing to use their own transport to visit clients (travel expenses provided)

The successful Candidate should have

A genuine empathy with vulnerable and elderly clients

Experience in health and social care, or a role in which you have supported someone to achieve a goal specific to them would be helpful but not essential

Social Prescribing is a Mental Health and Wellbeing programme lead by Voluntary Action Rotherham. An appreciation of good mental health and an understanding of the barriers people can face when trying to access new activates and engage with the wider community is essential for this role.

Customers who access the service may be vulnerable, socially disadvantaged, isolated, struggling to manage multiple or long term physical or mental health conditions and experiencing low self-esteem and confidence. Making the first step in attending a new group or activity and meeting new people can be a huge barrier for people to overcome. This role is about being the friendly, practical support to overcome these difficult first steps, supporting someone to attend a community activity until they feel confident to attend by themselves, or supporting them for example to gain the confidence to get the bus to the local shops. All goals are set by the Customer and Coordinator before your 1-2-1 support is offered.

Interviews dates to be arranged in May

Closing date is 30th April 2018 if you wish to apply please submit your CV and covering letter by email to