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Social Prescribing Link Worker     

Reference: BT 251119
Location: London Borough of Richmond
Working Hours: 5 days per week 37.5 hours per week
Salary: Band 5 £24-27k per annum (or PTE equivalent)

We are working with the Richmond General Practice Alliance (RGPA) and our local Primary Care Networks to develop and deliver Social Prescribing in Richmond. Social Prescribing is part of the NHS Long-Term plan and enables GPs and other health care professionals to refer patients to a link worker who can work with the individual to connect them with services and activities in their local community.

This post empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing by giving time to focus on ‘what matters to me’.

We are now recruiting for talented, dedicated individuals to take up this vital new community-based role as part of a Borough wide team.

We are looking for people from any previous walk of life with experience of working with individuals to support and advocate for them in gaining access to the support they need.

In this role you will:

  • Work with individuals and their carers on a one-to-one basis to plan for their needs and find the support and activities desired

  • Engage with community organisations and specialist services that provide that support to ease the path for your clients;

  • Work closely with Primary Care Networks, GPs, health care professionals, and other wellbeing services in Richmond to find the need and locate the support;

  • You will have responsibility for managing a caseload and dealing with referrals;

  • Your role involves working with people who might be experiencing complex issues, so you will need outstanding listening and communication skills, empathy and enthusiasm.

You’ll need excellent IT and organisational skills, be adept at seeking out the information for relevant community services and have a tenacity to help people achieve sustainable improvements in their wellbeing.

All candidates will be considered and it is feasible that part-time employees working as part of a job share arrangement will make up the team.

To Apply

Read the full Job description here. Please send your CV with a cover letter (no more than 2 sides A4) stating how you meet the requirements for this position to Viv at

  • Closing date: Friday 20th December 2019 at 23.59.
  • Interview date: 6-8th January 2020

This role is subject to an Enhanced DBS check with Adult and Child Barring.

Ruils recognises the positive value of diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds and actively encourage people living with a disability to apply.

Sitter/Befriender for Children and Young People with Special Needs

Are you looking for more than just a job? Ruils offers a Sitting & Befriending Service to families with children who have disabilities living in the London Borough of Richmond (LBR) and Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames (RBK). 

The service provides families with access to:

  • Sitters to enable them to go out and have a break, and
  • Befrienders who enable children and young people to engage in social and leisure activities

As a Sitter/Befriender you can work for more than one family, and families can use more than one Sitter/Befriender. You will be employed by Ruils as a casual worker on a sessional basis and paid monthly in arrears. 

Hours will be agreed with the family (sometimes in conjunction with Ruils) but you should have a minimum of 3-4 hours a week available (daytime or evening) and be able to commit to providing a service for at least a year. 

You must work, study or live within easy travelling distance of LBR and / or RBK and have previous experience working with children. You can work as both a babysitter and a befriender or you may choose which role you would like to fulfill. Base rate pay is £10 per hour. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and interviews will be set up individually.

Download the Application Pack below to apply and return your completed form to or

Job Description

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