Enhancing the quality of life of local residents


VCFA enhances local community and voluntary action by enabling Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise sector organisations (VCF)  in Bury to provide support and deliver services.    We will do this through effective strategic engagement with our statutory partners and by forging alliances with local businesses and communities

Job Description

We have a vacancy for a Social Prescribing Service Manager.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience of leading and delivering projects. You will also have a proven track record of delivering client-focused services and experience of developing and maintaining partnerships with a range of stakeholders. Experience of Social Prescribing will be beneficial. 

The role has overall responsibility for the Management of our Social Prescribing Service in Bury, responding to emerging knowledge on social prescribing, working closely with the Primary Care Networks.

Along with managing the Social Prescribing Officers, the post holder will also carry a caseload of clients referred to the service; develop good working relationships with GP practices and voluntary sector and community service providers.  Prior experience of staff or volunteer management is essential.

This role is extremely proactive and you will be working to deliver agreed contractual targets.

Job Summary

To lead and implement the Social Prescribing service being delivered in partnership between VCFA, Local Care Organisation and Bury Council.


The key aim of the role is to set up and develop a social prescribing service in Bury.  This service must be holistic in supporting and improving the health and wellbeing of local residents by ensuring that the intervention best meets their bespoke social needs identified in their individual care plans.


The role will work closely with local Primary Care Networks (PCN) and acute services, to refer clients for social care and support services in the Voluntary Community & Faith (VCF) sector, and supporting patients to take responsibility for improving their health and wellbeing.


Principal duties:

  1. Lead on the planning and delivery of the social prescribing service across the 5 localities within working with PCN’s, clinicians and health professionals.
  2. Develop links with VCFA members for non-medical support in the community to support effective social prescribing, e.g. befriending, volunteering, peer support groups, etc.
  3. Use an agreed framework for an initial assessment with clients to assess their non clinical needs and develop a care plan with them to improve their health and wellbeing including impact of the person’s family / household on their health and wellbeing.
  4. Manage the Social Prescribing Workers ensuring they have a clear work plan and liaise with key partners, steering groups especially the PCN’s
  5. Ensure consent from clients for any relevant assessment
  6. Work with VCFA staff to ensure that all VCF providers taking referrals have the quality assurance.
  7. To effectively engage all partners including PCN’s, GP’s MDT (Multi Disciplinary Teams) and INT (Integrated Neighbourhood Teams) and VCF organisations and ensure they are briefed on the service.
  8. Manage relationships with commissioners and providers e.g. PCN/GPs, CCGs, VCFs, to ensure that social prescriptions are available to appropriate patients.
  9. Develop a process to enable PCN’s to appropriately refer patients for social prescriptions effectively
  10. Recruit volunteers to support with the assessment and identification of support of patients referred for social prescription
  11. Gather good practice on Social Prescribing services and to develop links and relationships with other social prescribing services in GM.


Reporting Requirements:

  1. Ensure the recording of data to track clients progress on VCFA’s VC Connect system
  2. Responsible for meeting targets and deadlines VCFA compliance with contractual obligations for social prescribing.
  3. liaise with PCN’s to ensure that data is gathered to evidence the achievement of the objectives of the service
  4. monitor the performance of the service and produce monitoring reports on the progress and


General Requirements

  • Participate in training and information briefings and maintain an up to date knowledge of the VCFA sector.
  • To be familiar with and comply with all departmental policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines.
  • Attend supervision sessions and staff meetings.
  • Assist management in preparing quarterly monitoring reports outlining progress of the work, bids submitted; funding secured and key issues raised by members.
  • Carry out occasional other duties as agreed within supervision to develop the aims of VCFA.
  • Undertake personal training as may be required to keep up to date and fulfil the professional requirements identified for this job description.
  • To have a collaborative and flexible approach to work undertaken by VCFA.
  • Contribute to the development of VCFA.


Equal Opportunities

  • VCFA is committed to equal opportunities, anti-discrimination and anti-oppressive policy or practice. No one we have contact with may be discriminated against either directly or indirectly on the grounds of gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, age or impairment.  This policy applies to job applicants, employees, volunteers and service users.



  • All jobs are subject to change from time to time and this job description will be reviewed regularly.


Apply through email

For an application pack please contact

Pauline Crossley 0161 447 3035
email: admin@buryvcfa.org.uk.
or download a pack from  the buttons below


Closing Date for applications Monday 29th April 2019

Interviews will be held week commencing 6th May 2019


If selected, you will be working from our offices in Bury.



Post:                                      Social Prescribing Manager

Salary:                                  £28,000 – £30,000

Hours of work:                   35 hours per week

Benefits:                              5% Pension Contribution

Annual Leave:                     20 days

Location/Base:                   VCFA offices with travel across Bury

Responsible to:                 VCFA Chief Officer/Chair

Accountable to:                 Social Prescribing Steering Group

Responsible for                 All project staff

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