Band 6 Physical Activity Referral Lead Officer

Location Belfast, County Antrim
Job type Temporary
Salary Up to £14.20 per hour
Published 10 months ago
Contact Kathryn Blair
Job ref HSC1066_1570798665

Job description

Role: Band 6 Physical Activity Referral Lead Officer

Rate of Pay: £14.20 per hour

Location: Linenhall Street, Belfast

Hours: 18.75 Hours

Duration: Until 31/12/19-possible extension

Job Summary / Main Purpose

The post holder will be responsible for leading and managing a Physical Activity Care Pathway within specific geographic areas across Belfast and will provide support to the community infrastructure. They will be expected to support the development and coordination of activities focusing on the needs of key target groups such as adults and older people working across a wide range of settings.

They will work closely with local communities, partner organisations and other disciplines from across the community, statutory and voluntary sector to:

  • Be a driving force for collaboration to address health inequalities in Belfast - enabling people to live a good live in a fair city.
  • Identify local health and social needs and priorities.
  • Agree and develop an agenda for action on health improvement.
  • Design, develop and deliver initiatives to address these needs in order to have a direct impact on health improvement.
  • Encourage the full and active involvement of communities in the process.
  • Evaluate and monitor activities and initiatives.
  • Ensure that the needs and priorities of local communities are reflected in the BSPs 'Framework for Action to Address Life Inequalities'.

Main Duties / Responsibilities

  1. Lead the development and implementation of Active Belfast's physical activity care pathway integrating physical activity into the treatment and management of a range of conditions.
  2. Manage the testing of specific physical activity interventions and new services working collaboratively with service providers to ensure these are effectively delivered.
  3. Manage and coordinate the Physical Activity Referral Programme across all areas of Belfast working collaboratively with service providers to ensure these are effectively delivered.
  4. Develop and effectively manage multiple relationships with senior health professionals and a range of senior staff to facilitate their full and active participation in the agenda to improve health and wellbeing.
  5. Work in collaboration with senior HSC (PHA, HSCB and BSO) staff and act as the key contact point in the development of an electronic referral system for the effective referral of clients and monitoring of service performance.
  6. Support stakeholders in managing complex issues and developing solutions to service policies, performance, training and management issues in relation to PARPS. Advise and agree plans with clear aims and objectives, timeframes, clarity of roles and responsibilities and outcomes.
  7. Influence health professionals, commissioners and other relevant stakeholders to advocate the benefits of physical activity to inform decisions and policy.
  8. Lead in the development of confidence, capacity and skills in local people to become more actively involved in the development and delivery of a Physical Activity Care Pathway.
  9. Work with a range of individuals and communities to maximise the development and use of local resources/facilities and enhance capacity contributing to the sustainability of local community infrastructure and programmes.
  10. Work in partnership with local communities, groups and organisations to scan new resources, develop new proposals and negotiate with potential funders and commissioners to increase resources and investment in Active Belfast.
  11. Manage effectively all resources in line with BSP governance arrangements including financial resources, contracts, service level agreements.
  12. Other duties as required

Essential Criteria:

· Minimum of two years experience working in one or more of the following areas: community work, health, social care, health promotion, sports development, leisure or youth work.

· Evidence within career to date of having significant experience in developing and delivering physical activity referral activities that are designed to improve the health and well being of communities and that have involved the identification of health needs, the setting of priorities, partnership and multidisciplinary working and programme planning in relation to the improvement of health and well being

· A 3rd level academic or professional qualification in a relevant area of community work, health, social care, health promotion, sports development, leisure or youth work

· Current driving licence valid in the UK and access to a car.

· Leadership skills

· Ability to be innovative in addressing new ideas and challenges

· Ability to work flexible hours as and when the job requires

· Knowledge of existing physical activity referral programmes across the Region and Belfast City

To be shortlisted for this role all applicants MUST meet the essential criteria. If you are interested please upload your CV to the link provided, and Kathryn will be in contact to confirm if you have been shortlisted.


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