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Dementia Assessment Community Nurse

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year Per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Dementia Assessment Service South team incorporates the coastal area covering Littlehampton to Southwick and north to Henfield, Steyning, Storrington and Pulborough. The team undertakes a person-centred holistic assessment of the persons needs and in partnership with the person's family/Care Home staff develop a treatment/ care plan to maximise the person's independence. The team also aims to support the Primary Care Networks in providing liaison, advice and the provision of education.

The multi professional team includes Administration, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Psychology and Medical staff who work in partnership with staff from the Alzheimer's Society.

We are looking for a well-motivated person with a passion for working with people and their Carers within this exciting specialism. The majority of clinical staff have been with the team for many years and vacancies do not come around very often. Please take advantage of this rare opportunity and in response toyour commitment we provide a supportive and cohesive environment with a focus upon personal development.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be an autonomous practitioner who will carry continuing responsibility for a defined caseload of service users by undertaking the following duties:
  • To undertake assessments of individuals and their families in the designated care group with complex health presentations, including those service users presenting with higher levels of risk. To develop alongside the service user their care plan.
  • To offer specialist nursing assessment and advice where required.
  • To assess and manage on going risks as identified during the assessment, ensuring that this is done in collaboration with the service user and carers. To regularly review risk factors and make changes to the management of them as necessary.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

About us

This is an exciting role, that welcomes registered mental health nurses with relevant professional registration who possess strong mental health assessment and therapeutic skills. Previous experience of working in older persons mental health services is desirable although not essential.

We offer a robust induction programme through clinical supervision, coaching and teamwork.

We are pleased to offer you flexible working opportunities.

This post attracts The Trusts Golden Hello for band 6 practitioners, or a Relocation package up to a maximum of £2,000 (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions which apply).

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/ life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, part time hours, flexible start/ finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

Job description Job responsibilities

To be a core member of the team, using specialist health assessments.

To provide a highly specialised range of clinical interventions relevant to the care group and have knowledge of evidence based models of practice

To administer and monitor medication prescribed to individual service users, providing information and advice.

To work in partnership with the individual service user and their families and carers as appropriate to ensure the delivery of the care plan, and to enable the development of a plan to facilitate their safety, promote their well being and support their independence and inclusion in the community, by using recognised age appropriate self management tools where applicable. This will include working closely with partner agencies e.g Alzheimer's Society

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse with current registration [mental health/LD/Adult], appropriate to the job role
  • Completion of Mentorship Course/ENB equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Significant post qualifying experience in the relevant care group
  • Experience of working alongside people with complex health problems in the designated care group
  • Experience of providing a range of clinical interventions to people in the designated care group with a variety of health problems
  • Experience of working consultatively with professionals
  • Experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
  • Experience of partnership working within and across various statutory and non statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience of working within the CPA process
  • Understanding of clinical governance
  • Previous experience of working in the community

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