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Senior Dementia Practitioner

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,558 a year pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

  • Are you a health registered professional interested in improving outcomes for people affected by dementia?
  • Are you excited by innovation and want to be a part of an award winning service working to address what really matters to these individuals?
  • If so this post may be a just what you're looking for.

The Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service is a partnership between Devon Partnership NHS Trust and Alzheimers Society delivering a service across Bristol for people living with dementia and their families. We provide seamless support from diagnosis to end of life, helping people to live as well as possible, for as long as possible, in their own community. There is also a focus on increasing public awareness of dementia and improving access for hard-to-reach communities.

The role

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the service for a qualified clinician to develop into the role of a Senior Dementia Practitioner. In this role you will be part of a team providing support for older people with dementia, their carers and relatives across a defined area of Bristol.

The post holder work alongside Care Homes and/or GPs to offer specialist support and guidance and individual therapeutic interventions.

We are looking for a passionate person who has an interest in developing in this exciting role, making a genuine difference to peoples experience of using dementia services.

Main duties of the job

Responsibilities include:
  • Working alongside Care Home staff and/or GP Practicesin promoting the best outcomes for people with dementia
  • Holding a caseload of people with dementia to offer support at points of transition along their journey, ensuring timely and proactive intervention
  • Working closely with the persons support network to identify signs of change to intervene early to avoid crisis
  • Working collaboratively with other services to advise and ensure proactive support
  • Supporting a diagnosis of dementia and providing long term case management for those with a diagnosis of dementia

You will be part of the multi-disciplinary team, working collaboratively and in receipt of regular clinical and caseload supervision. You will be supported to identify and access training for the role and induction will include our service developed competency framework for working with dementia.

You will join an exciting, innovative and award-winning service, which embraces change and consistently seeks to promote quality and psychological approaches in all aspects of our service delivery.

The core working hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. The service also operates an Access Point from 8am-6pm and so requires flexibility to work 8am-4pm and/or 10am-6pm when required.

All clinical staff are provided with laptops to enable ease of flexible community working and for home working purposes and are flexible to work across the city of Bristol as required.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the full Job Description and Person specification attached to this advert which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification



  • A professional qualification and registration eg RMN, RGN, LDN, Social Work Degree or equivalent, BSc/Diploma in OT, SROTor Community Nursing Degree


  • Non Medical Prescriber and/or another recognised therapy qualification
  • Post graduate qualification relevant to specialism
  • Clinical Supervision qualification
  • Training to level 3 in Safeguarding Adults and children and young people: roles and competencies for Health Care staff



  • Substantial experience of managing clinical complexity.
  • Working within a community setting in either the statutory or voluntary sector.
  • Experience of lone working and able to make clinical decisions independently.


  • Providing clinical supervision.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency environment.
  • Participation in user involvement in services.
  • Experience of delivering model based psychological therapy



  • An understanding of the Mental Health Act/ Mental Health Capacity Act requirements.
  • Understanding of community structures and Health and Social Care
  • Agenda for Older Adults
  • Understanding of the Ageing Well principles in Dementia care
  • Understanding of the organic presentations in Older People


  • An understanding of the CPA Process

Skills & abilities


  • Communication and Working Relationship Skills
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to engage with people experiencing a wide range of needs in relation to dementia.
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of professionals, community services etc. from various settings.
  • Able to produce well written reports.
  • Able to participate and present information in a group setting
  • Analytical & Judgemental Skills
  • Able to recognise potential difficulties and participate in finding solutions
  • Ability to assess and develop plans to manage risk.
  • Planning & Organisational Skills
  • Able to plan creatively to maximise effectiveness of care plans, including complex multi-agency care plans
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to manage own time and that of the teams.
  • Ability to work flexibly.
  • Physical Skills
  • Ability to be mobile across a geographical area in a timely manner and in accordance with service need.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Other
  • Excellent clinical assessment skills.
  • Ability to manage change in a positive manner.
  • Ability to use IT Systems ,e.g. Electronic Record Keeping

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service

Conduit Place



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