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Respiratory Social Prescriber

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum, pro rata
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Full Time
B5 Respiratory Social Prescriber

18month fixed term contract or secondment (in agreement with your line manager)

Are you passionate about improving health and wellbeing in West Suffolk? Do you want to make a difference to people's lives and help public services think differently about the services they deliver, how communities are empowered and how we work together to make lives in West Suffolk better? We have an exciting opportunity in West Suffolk Hospital as a Social Prescriber within the Respiratory Physiotherapy team.Working at West Suffolk Foundation Trust as part of the Alliance, you will work with people, clinicians, charities and across the public sector to develop and deliver the Alliance vision.

As set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, personalised care allows individuals to have a choice and control over how they receive healthcare, focusing on the individuals needs and wants.

We are looking for a motivated team player who will support the design, development and delivery of the Respiratory social prescribing service as part of the well established social prescribing team in West Suffolk Hospital working in partnership with community based social prescribing services. You will have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, whilst understanding and supporting the needs of respiratory patients in West Suffolk.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have a passion for personalised care and working with people. What matters to the individual rather than what is the matter with them should be at the heart of the role. Helping patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to community services. The post holder will facilitate One Off Personal Health Budgets to support discharge and admission prevention.

You will have a strong professional track record of working in partnership to make a real difference to local communities. The successful candidate will have excellent relationship building, communicating and influencing skills, as well as an in-depth understanding of community development approaches. Experience or an awareness of working in a health and care environment would be beneficial.

This role can make a real difference to the community and offers an exciting challenge.

This role will be considered as a fixed term contract or secondment (in agreement with your line manager).

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities


Staff Car Parking on the West Suffolk Hospital Site is eligible for individuals working outside of the core hours, 07:00 18:30.

For individuals working within the core hours, the Trust offers parking off site at the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, which is serviced by a regular shuttle bus to and from the Hospital. Details of the bus timetable can be found in the on-line starter pack on the West Suffolk Hospital website.

This parking restriction does not apply if an individual is required to work on a weekend or if they are required to complete on call duties within their role.

The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Diploma or Degree in health or social care related subject or equivalent level of knowledge and experience.
  • High level of literacy and numeracy


  • Health coaching qualification
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Evidence of professional development

Experience and knowledge


  • Experience of working in a health, mental health, or a social care environment.
  • Experience of working with primary or secondary care services.
  • Ability to facilitate, engage, motivate, and support participants.
  • Significant experience in health coaching.
  • Awareness of issues faced by people in their communities and local resources.
  • Excellent IT skills and ability to input data
  • Knowledge of Social Prescribing.
  • Experience of facilitating and supporting participants with complex and/or multiple barriers to success in health and social care settings.
  • Relevant training in adult safeguarding practices.


  • Knowledge of co-production

Skills and Abilities


  • Effective communication/networking skills with the ability to develop positive working relationships.
  • Ability to work within boundaries, deal with emotional impact of work and seek support when needed.
  • Willingness to undertake continuous development, sharing knowledge and contributing to peer support.
  • Experience of managing and prioritising own caseload.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and high-pressure environment.
  • Ability to manage, motivate and support team members.
  • Effectively evaluates, analyses, questions and uses information with a solution-focused approach.
  • Ability to present clear, concise, well researched information to others.
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback to influence service development.
  • Effective planning, organisation, and time management skills
  • Frequent Travel Essential - You will need to travel, so you must either hold a full, current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.
  • Good IT skills, using Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, databases, and the internet.

Personal qualities


  • Team player
  • Enhanced communication skills.
  • Committed to delivering a high quality service.
  • Ability to show empathy and compassion to patients and relatives.
  • Time management skills.
  • Flexible approach to working hour/duties.

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hardwick Lane

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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