Job Description - Green Health Connector
Normal place of work:
Green Health Connector
Frome Medical Practice
Health Connections Mendip Service Lead
£20,140 per annum (pro rata)
30 hours per week
Background to the project
‘A Green & Healthy Future for Frome - Working together to create the opportunity for people in Frome to live green and healthy lives."
Edventure Frome CIC, Frome Medical Practice and Frome Town Council are working in partnership on a 2-year project funded by the National Lottery and their dedicated Climate Action Fund to explore how we can create a climate and health win-win by working together as a community. We will be developing and supporting community-led, practical initiatives that give people the opportunity to increase their health & wellbeing and reduce their climate impact.
A Green Health Connector and Green Community Connector programme run Health Connections Mendip/Frome Medical Practice will help local people connect to green health opportunities across our town, and a Choosing Wisely campaign will help patients to make informed, green choices about prescriptions.
Frome Town Council will organise a Healthy Homes and Cycling by Prescription project, giving residents the opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and the chance to try out an electric bike for a month.
Edventure Frome CIC will focus on coordinating the partnership and organising weekly events across town, including both practical activities such as DIY secondary glazing or draft excluders as well as start-up support for residents, groups and organisations to develop climate and health projects.
Background on Frome Medical Practice work on climate action
Sustainability is one of Frome Medical Practices core values. For the last 3 years we have been recognised by the Royal College of General Practitioners as the leading practice in the UK for our work around green impact and sustainability. As a practice we have declared a climate emergency and we are fully committed to developing and improving what we do as part of our commitment to Net Zero Carbon in the NHS by 2050.
Background on Health Connections Mendip
Health Connections Mendip is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading ‘social prescribing’ and community development service based in the 11 GP practices in Mendip. We work with individuals and groups on what is important to them. We work alongside people and the wider community by offering one to one support, group support, help setting up groups or training under the Let’s Connect programme.
About the role:
The Green Heatlh Connector will join the core delivery team for this project, alongside two other roles that the partnership is currently recruiting for - a Project Coordinator based at Edventure and a researcher position based at Frome Town Council. This exciting role is one we believe to be the first of its kind employed in Primary Care. This post is funded for the Frome Medical Practice catchment area and will work as part of the Health Connections Mendip Service.
This new role will help local people connect to green health opportunities across our town and support those leading on the Choosing Wisely campaign which will help patients to make informed, green choices about prescriptions. The post holder will also play an active role in supporting the Medical Practice with the completion of the Royal College General Practitioners Green Impact for Health toolkit.
The post holder will train up Green Community Connectors under the Let’s Connect Programme. The post holder will work alongside the Service Lead’s work in Frome and will act as a bridge between Frome Medical Practice and the community with regards to any ‘green/climate action’ work. The post holder will also provide information and training to Frome Medical Practice staff on green/climate action issues.
The post holder may need to work in different offices in Frome with flexibility around home working. At the moment, the role is based at Frome Medical Practice. The role may evolve over time to include other support and project work.
Main duties and responsibilities
- Be part of the lottery core project team (representing Frome Medical Practice/Health Connections Mendip).
- Create a Green Community Connector one hour training (both face to face training, live online training and recorded online training)
- Responsible for training 200 Green Community Connectors in Frome and 20 train the trainers using the training that the post holder creates.
- Create additional online and face to face training for staff and community groups if need is identified.
- Work as key member of the practice Green Impact for Health Team for Frome Medical Practice staff around green issues, the completion of the Green Impact for Health Toolkit and ongoing development of the Green Impact for Health Policy.
- Support and help to develop Frome Medical Practice’s on-going work around de-prescribing. This will involve working with GPs and the Medicines Management Team
- To promote and embed green social prescribing in the Health Connections Mendip team. This will involve mapping current opportunities in the area/nationally and making sure that this information is on the HCM website.
- Work collaboratively with other Health Connections Mendip team members and Frome Medical Practice wider team members.
- Work collaboratively with other community partners to develop and implement the green impact/climate action fund ‘ A Green & Healthy Future for Frome’ work in Frome.
- Support community partners to network and improve partnership working around green issues.
- Be responsible for all admin around the role
- Identify gaps and if needed set up groups/initiatives around this project work in collaboration with other partners and community members and work alongside existing groups such as sustainable Frome.
- Take part in awareness raising and networking events.
- Work with our comms team to promote the project work and suitable campaigns via social media, newsletters, and bulletins and and support the development of the Frome Medical Practice sustainability pages on the practice’s website.
- Responsible for monitoring and evaluation of projects in partnership with the researcher.
- Work with partners to create a learning package based on the work of the project and programme as a whole.
- Feedback any identified training needs to the Line Manager.
- Act as a resource/support for wider practice team
All post holders are expected to:
- Adhere to practice policies and procedures.
- Promote Equality and Diversity in a non-discriminatory way.
- Adhere to the Data Protection Regulations, respecting confidentiality of patients and colleagues and the practice as a whole.
- Personal and professional development in order to maintain their skill levels, participate in the appraisal process and any training and development that is recognised and agreed with Management.
- Respect and adhere to corporate and clinical governance principals.
- Undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – criminal records and barring list checks.
- Adapt to any changes made to the organisation structure/delivery of service.
- Work within the operating hours of the surgery.
- Work as an integral part of the whole practice team.
- Be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
This job description is neither definitive nor exhaustive, and may be reviewed in the light of changing circumstances at a personal or organisational level. Any changes will be made in consultation with the post holder through the appraisal and review process.
Because of the nature of the work, this post is exempt from the provision of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1994 (Exceptions) Order 1995.
Applicants for this post are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provisions of the Act and in the event of employment ant failure to disclose such convictions could result in disciplinary action or dismissal by the practice. Any information given will be completely confidential and will be considered only in relation to an applicant of a position to which the order applies.