Community Project Officer – Social Prescribing

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Range 4 (£25,775 – £31,385) per annum / pro rata
Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR
Contract: Contract
Working Pattern: Evenings/Flexible Hours/Full Time/Weekends
Hours: 37 hours per week. Additional information - You may be required to work evenings and weekends..
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 29/11/2019 at 12:00 PM
Reference: PUBH018AL

Are you a dynamic and enthusiastic individual who relishes a challenge? Are you proactive and target driven with the ability to identify solutions and generate opportunities where others may not? Do you want to be part of an organisation known for its innovation and forward thinking? Then look no further. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to be part a new Social Prescribing team within Public Health, supporting Medway’s older population to become less socially isolated. 

The postholder will contribute to the development and implementation of the Social Prescribing Programme in Medway by asset mapping the services that are available within the community for link workers to prescribe to. Identifying any gaps and mobilising the community sector to provide an initiative.  You’ll work collaboratively with all local partners, to ensure that local VCSE organisations and community groups are sustainable and that community assets are nurtured. Researching avenues of funding and making them aware of small grants or micro-commissioning if appropriate. 

You’ll support the delivery and roll out of a directory of services that will be accessed by numerous stakeholders across Medway. You’ll use this system to collate and analyse a wide range of complex quantitative and qualitative information to identify the health needs of the local population and translate this into an accessible format to enable the identification of priorities and inform the development of local services and interventions. 

An important part of the role will be designing and delivering training to a wide range of stakeholders, to ensure appropriate referrals in to the service and promote the social prescribing agenda across Medway. 

Additional information - You may be required to work evenings and weekends. 

Successful candidates must: 

  • Be passionate and committed to improving the lives of Medway’s socially isolated older population
  • Have excellent influencing, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Be a confident public speaker
  • Have experience of inter-agency working with a broad range of statutory organisations, external agencies, community and voluntary organisations
  • Have experience of developing effective partnerships to facilitate the development and implementation of health improvement programmes or other inter-agency interventions
  • Represent Public Health and champion the social prescribing agenda
  • Be able to work independently and make decisions without access to a manager
  • Hold a full driving license – non negotiable 

In return we offer you:  

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • Assisted car purchase scheme

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London. 

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in. 

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Amie Kemp on 01634 334805.

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email. 

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We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date. 

How to apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS

If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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