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A new service is being launched to help free-up GPs’ time.

Debt, relationships, employment and loneliness all affect people’s health and Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) hopes its new Community Link Workers service will help give back more times to GPs to spend with patients needing their expertise.

Recruitment for these new workers starts this month.

The service, developed as part of modernising and expanding services delivered in doctors surgeries across Scotland, will connect people to support and resources in their community. It will work by GP referral.

Alison McGrory, health improvement principal for Argyll and Bute HSCP, said: ‘Community Link Workers in primary care settings can provide non-clinical options to support people’s health and wellbeing and support better self-management.

‘I am very pleased the Community Link Workers will help people to access the right support and services at the right time and when they most need it.’

Vacancies for community link workers will be advertised on Goodmoves.