People registered with NHS GPs in Whitley, Tilehurst and central Reading will soon have extra support from ‘social prescribing link workers’.
The link workers will be based mostly at GP surgeries, giving advice about local charities and other non-medical support that patients can get, and offering one-to-one support to help people develop personal resilience and manage their wellbeing.
Reading Voluntary Action is recruiting the link workers on behalf of three primary care networks (PCNS) – groups of GPs that are getting government funding to meet the costs of social prescribers and other non-traditional team members.
Locations of new link workers
Reading Central Primary Care Network (PCN): Covering the Abbey Medical, Chatham Street, Eldon Road, Kennet, Melrose, Pembroke, Reading Walk-in Centre, and Russell Street NHS GP surgeries
Tilehurst PCN: Westwood Road, Grovelands and Tilehurst Village surgeries
Whitley PCN: London Street, Milman Road, South Reading & Shinfield, and Longbarn Lane surgeries
The link workers will be paid £28,500 a year (pro rata). They may do home visits and will also spend some of their time with RVA. Job appplications close 14 September.
The University PCN (covering University Health Centre and Whitley Villa Surgery) directly recruited two social prescribers last year. Reading’s two other PCNs, Caversham (Balmore Park and Emmer Green surgeries) and Reading West Circuit Lane, Tilehurst (Potteries) and Western Elms surgeries) are also in the process of finding social prescribers.