CIT Social Prescribing Manager

CIT Social Prescribing Manager Sunderland, North East England, England

Age UK Sunderland
Full Time Sunderland, North East England, England 29593 GBP ANNUAL Today
Job description


CIT Social Prescribing Manager

Permanent contract

35 hours per week - £29, 593 pa - plus pension and excellent holidays

We seek an enthusiastic, motivated experienced service manager to oversee the management of Age UK Sunderland’s CIT Social Prescribing service. A minimum of 2 years operational management experience is essentialwith substantial experience of implementing support services ideally working with people aged 50 and over. The successful candidate must have excellent I.T, report writing and communication skills and the ability to effectively promote the service to a wide range of stakeholders. You should also have a good standard of education, preferably to degree level as well as experience of partnership working and staff and volunteer management. Candidates are required to have a full clean driving licence and have access to a car for work. This post is subject to a DBS Enhanced Disclosure check.

Key working Relationships:

· AUKS CIT Living Well Link Workers (social prescribers)

· Statutory and Community based providers

· Integrated Care Teams

· Older people

· Carers and Carer Organisations

· Other clinical and non-traditional provider groups as required


Integrated care is a way of better coordinating care for older people with one or more long term conditions. Integrated care in Sunderland is defined as collaborative working between key stakeholders, including GPs, health and social care and voluntary organisations, to integrate and organise patient care more effectively.

The purpose of the CIT Living Well Link Social Prescribing Service is to put older people in personal control of their health & wellbeing and provide them with integrated care and support in their local community, focusing on prevention of ill health and the promotion of wellbeing.

The service enables older people to have improved health outcomes and independence whilst reducing the burden on NHS services in Sunderland through the reduction in need for GP visits, Out of Hours Contacts, emergency admissions/readmissions etc.

Purpose of the post:

The post provides an interface between voluntary sector provider organisations and service users, health and social care multi-disciplinary teams (MDT) and other statutory bodies. The CIT Social Prescribing Manager will lead & coordinate a team of AUKS CIT Living Well Link Workers and volunteers to support individuals to self-manage their needs whilst managing their own caseload.

The post holder will work in and across 5 Sunderland localities coordinating the service.

Many older people have complex health needs, the service focusses on practical support to encourage the utilisation of local community services and assets. The post holder will manage the AUKS CIT Living Well Link Workers and volunteers to focus on:

· Assisted signposting to services in the community which help maintain older people’s health & wellbeing such as leisure & learning, social groups etc.

· One to One Support to help with issues such as arranging for support to access appointments, travel, access to community care assessments (or carers assessments), where appropriate advise on main choices regarding personal budgets and helping with domestic support etc.

· Social Contact to establish support from befriending services for those in social isolation or risk of and make referrals to a group to a group of Age UK Sunderland volunteers to maximise capacity for delivering support

· Interim support to help supportthe older person whilst other support is put in place such as a visit from a volunteer befriender

The post holder will also support the identification of unpaid carers and enable access to appropriate services.

Key Responsibilities

To manage & coordinate AUKS CIT Living Well Link Workers and volunteers. The post holder will be an excellent communicator and develop a wide knowledge of the services offered by non-traditional providers in the Sunderland area. The post holder will require strong organisational skills, must be flexible in approach, able to exercise initiative and demonstrate a consistently high standard of professionalism, being aware of the need for confidentiality and integrity.

Management Tasks:

· To manage the CIT Living Well Link Service to ensure the provision of innovative interventions and continuous practical, social and emotional support to older people in the local communities

· To ensure a clear and effective referral pathway is established with the Sunderland Integrated Teams and other key partner organisations in the City.

· To effectively recruit, train, support and develop volunteers involved in the delivery of the CIT Living Well Link Service

· To lead and supervise a staff and volunteer team to focus on the client group; to create a supportive environment for older people to retain their confidence, personal interests, wellbeing and independence.

· To deliver relevant training to staff and volunteers.

· To oversee the conduction of personal plans with each person referred to the service; to determine the type the support required

· To ensure the implementation of an action plan which is responsive to the needs of the client group

· To monitor the service and provide written reports/summaries as required. This will include operational reports, evaluations and contribute to strategic leadership reports on developing and maintaining integrated care in Sunderland

· To actively promote, market and develop the service

· To keep records of clients and volunteers

· To liaise appropriately with Community Integrated Locality Teams


· To ensure oversight of assessments & home visits

· GP & professional liaison

· Patient information gathering & analysis to provide a holistic plan of support (social, financial, health & wellbeing etc.)

· In depth knowledge gathering on available services (community & statutory), multi-disciplinary services etc.

· Publicity & promotion of offering

· Record keeping, monitoring, evaluation

· Identification of step up care and safeguarding responsibilities

· Identification of gaps in services to inform future development

Additional responsibilities:

· Be aware of Health & safety issues involved in the delivery of the service

· Communicate with members of the MDT/Integrated teams as required

· Ensure appropriate actions from Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT)/Integrated team meetings are completed in a timely fashion

· To abide by and implement all policies and procedures of AUKS, including being aware of and responsible corporately and as an individual for Health & Safety

Key skills

Integrated Care Coordination

· Coordination of Living Well Link service, staff & volunteers ensuring the successful integration of care coordination

· Signposting older people to the multitude of support services that are available through voluntary and statutory providers tailored to the person’s specific needs

· Be the point of liaison for service users and carers principally with voluntary sector providers as well as useful commercial services, and liaising with other statutory professionals involved in patient’s care

· Delivering case work to support older people to reach specific goals in accordance with KPIs

· Promote the independence & empowerment of older people

· Build strong relationships with partners and providers

· Deal in a professional, helpful & sensitive manner with older people, staff, carers & other agencies.

Information and Data Coordination

· To be proficient in using Microsoft office packages and other identified IT systems and support other team members in their use.

· To record relevant patient documentation on identified IT systems asrequired.

· Facility for learning new software packages which may be in continued development

· Maintain Excel, CharityLog and other databases to input patients’ engagement

· Support completion of patient referrals, record electronically and feedback to team members.

· Extract caseload information from the patient database as required, and undertake analysis of caseload information for audit and performance management purposes, including running reports and converting data into charts and tables for sharing with the team.

· Input data onto the patient information management systems to update patient details, and periodically use reports to ensure patient details are correct.

· Be responsible for updating the electronic service directory on a regular basis, sourcing referral criteria and ensuring these are accessible to all relevant parties.

· Produce comprehensive operational reports to inform on service activity


· The post holder must at all times carry out duties and responsibilities with due regard to the organisations’ equal opportunity policies and procedures.

· The post holder must at all times respect patient confidentiality and, in particular, the confidentiality of electronically stored personal data in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.

· The post holder will be expected to take responsibility for self-development on a continuous basis, undertaking on-the-job training as required.

· The post holder will ensure they accurately represent AUKS and ensure the values of AUKS are upheld at all times in carrying out their work

· The post holder must work in general accordance with the organisation’s policies and guidelines at all times.

· The post holder must adhere to the organisation’s information governance/GDPR policies at all times, in particular ensuring that there is no breach of confidentiality as a result of his/her actions.

· To abide by and implement all policies and procedures of Age UK Sunderland, including being aware of and responsible corporately and as an individual for Health and Safety policy.

This job description is intended as a guide to the main responsibilities of the post and not as an exhaustive list of duties and tasks. The post holder may be required to undertake other duties in keeping with the level of responsibility of the post, as requested by the Director The job description may be amended from time to time after consultation with the post holder.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Good standard of education preferably to Degree level or be able to demonstrate the equivalent experience

At least 2 years’ experience in health/social care or information & advice or work in direct contact with people, families & carers.

Experience of managing a diverse staff team

Proven track record of managing the logistics of a multi operational and multi partner service

Previous experience of assessment and evaluation processes

Ability to manage a busy workload and prioritise appropriately

Previous experience of working with vulnerable people

A track record of developing successful services

Possesses excellent communication skills to deal with highly sensitive and emotional issues on a frequent and unpredictable basis

Possess excellent report writing skills and ability to tailor communications to different audiences

Have a good understanding of volunteering and demonstrate evidence of the ability to recruit, train and retain volunteers

Commitment to working in the voluntary sector

Be innovative with enthusiasm to take on new challenges

Be a dynamic self-starter

Ability to respond effectively to unplanned/emergency situations

Have excellent IT skills, with ability to produce reports, databases and other key IT project management tools

Good people skills with a friendly approachable style and ability to generate trust and form positive relationships

A good listener

Flexible & responsive to changing needs of clients

Creative approach to problem solving

Tactful and diplomatic, able to build a rapport with people from a wide range of backgrounds

Experience of risk assessment & risk management

Understanding of health and social care processes

Understanding of the complexity of older people’s lives & the barriers they face

Understanding of safeguarding responsibilities

Knowledge of the range of voluntary, statutory and private sector orgs/services working with older people

Understanding of welfare benefits available to older people

Possess a full clean driving licence and have access to a car for work

To abide by and implement all policies and procedures of AUKS, including being aware of and responsible corporately and as an individual for Health & Safety


Experience in motivational interviewing

Experience of person-centred planning

For further information and to request an application pack you can email enquiriesor download one directly from our website Alternatively send alarge SAE for 93ptoAge UK Sunderland, Bradbury Centre, Stockton Rd, Sunderland. SR2 7AQ. Tel: 0191 5141131. CV’s are not accepted for this role.

This post is subject to DBS Enhanced Disclosure.

Age UK Sunderland is an Equal opportunities Employer

Registered Charity 1086995

Closing date: Monday 13th March 2023

Interview date: Tuesday 21st March 2023

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £29,593.00 per year


  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: One location

Application deadline: 13/03/2023

CIT Social Prescribing Manager
Age UK Sunderland
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Unknown / Non-Applicable
51 to 200 Employees
Non-profit Organisation
Grantmaking & Charitable Foundations
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