Job Vacancy : Social Prescribing Coordinator (Pilot Project).

In collaboration with the County Kilkenny Healthy Ireland Steering Committee

Is seeking to recruit a

Social Prescribing Coordinator (Pilot Project).

21 hours per week (Ends June 2021 - immediate start)


Social Prescribing is a formal way of enabling healthcare services to support self-management by referring people to a variety of local, non-clinical projects and activities in the community through a dedicated Coordinator.


To this end the role will involve:

Developing infrastructure:

  • To asset map the resources and activities available, and to identify gaps through working in partnership with all voluntary and community organisations to build a comprehensive database of local resources to design and support the Social Prescribing Service.
  • To ensure information on sources of voluntary and community support is up to date at all times to enable effective and accurate signposting and linking of individuals with services.
  • To establish and maintain effective liaison with stakeholders including health, voluntary, community, social and education resources, attending relevant meetings as necessary.
  • Have a good local knowledge of their community and the ability to network on an ongoing basis
  • To educate local services on Social Prescribing through delivering workshops and building strong working relationships.
  • To develop GPs and primary care health teams’ knowledge on how to identify patients suitable for social prescribing service referral on a monthly basis.
  • To develop opportunities for new activity providers to join the service.
  • In the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic seek to understand and promote the new arrangements for the delivery of services by stakeholders.


A person-centred approach:

  • To undertake holistic needs assessments and work in partnership with the person around designing Health and Well-being Plans, identifying support needs to ensure maximum engagement in improving health and well-being.
  • To provide service users with continuity and a coordinated experience of care, remaining the point of contact throughout the individual’s social prescription.
  • To provide a personalised, responsive and flexible service to all persons accessing the service.
  • To carry out assessments to identify suitable activities from a set programme which meet the individual’s personal outcomes and those set by their referrers.
  • To support persons through their involvement with the service via initial assessment, monitoring phone calls and exit interviews.
  • To ensure that each person has an individual action plan at the end of their involvement with the service.
  • To liaise with referrers and partner organisations wherever necessary to ensure the best possible outcomes are achieved for all persons.


Reporting, managing & budgeting:

  • To set up and maintain comprehensive data and evaluation systems, including individual health outcome and audit tools.
  • To work closely with the Social Prescribing Steering group including representation from all stakeholder groups to support the on-going development, monitoring and evaluation of the programme.
  • To achieve the service outcome targets within given timescales and budget controls.
  • To communicate effectively with all stakeholders particularly service users and the Social prescribing Steering group in Kilkenny


Essential criteria:

  • The successful candidate must have a recognised level 7 Degree or higher in Social, Community,
  • Health or other related field and a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a relevant setting.
  • Experience of project administration, networking, and coordination.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills including fluent English speaker.
  • A full driving licence and access to a car for work purposes.

Applications should be submitted to by 5 pm 15th June 2020. Further details can be requested from the same email address. It is envisaged that a shortlisting process will take place early in the week of by end 19th June and interviews the following week.


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