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Dementia Behavioural specialist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year PA inc HCAS
Closing date
31 May 2024
Contract: 12 month Fixed term/Secondment and hours 37.5

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two Band 7 Clinician positions within the Older Adult Mental Health Services in Brent. This role offers a dynamic opportunity to work closely with individuals in their own homes as they transition from hospital settings. The primary focus of this role is to provide personalized support to patients, for those with a diagnosis of dementia, ensuring a smooth and safe integration into care homes or their own homes. You will be providing personalized support to patients transitioning from hospitals to care homes or back to their own homes assisting them in adapting to their new environment and promoting their ability to thrive. You will be collaborating with hospital trusts and care providers to ensure a smooth and safe discharge process leading the delivery of assessment and intervention plans for individuals with dementia and behavioural issues within the CLCH Enhanced Care Home team for Brent. This role is integrated, hosted by CNWL Brent OPHA Community Mental Health Team while working closely with the CLCH Enhanced Care Home team in Brent.

Previous applicants need not apply.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:
  • Undertake assessments and interventions for clients with behaviours that challenge and are referred to either a care home or community settings, using appropriate evidence-based practice.
  • To include:
    • Background assessment
    • Assessment of triggers
    • Assessment of behaviours that challenge
    • Formulation with staff and carers
    • Interventions - delivering, modelling approaches and training others
  • Provide effective leadership and management of cases
  • Promote and monitor safe and effective practice
  • Enhance the patient/client experience, ensuring effective engagement
  • Contribute to the delivery of the organisation's objectives
  • To work as part of a multidisciplinary team approach and contribute to the initial and ongoing assessments of clients referred to Brent Enhanced Care Home Team
  • Ensure national standards and local guidelines, policies and care pathways are effectively delivered
  • To develop and implement the use of digital technology to enhance the monitoring, support and care provided to care home patients and carers

To support reducing inappropriate hospital admissions as part of an MDT providing input into care homes with an identified need.

About us

CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 8,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond. We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We're proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff. We are recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.

We offer a generous relocation package (subject to eligibility assessment) and flexible working options, including bank assignments for most roles.

See attached Staff Reward and Wellbeing Handbook detailing our benefits, discounts and wellbeing initiatives for staff.

Become part of our team. We care for you as much as you care for others.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will focus and lead on the following key areas within the organisations governance framework:

1.1 Patient Assessment and Care Planning:
  • Conduct comprehensive assessments of patients with dementia prior to discharge.
  • Collaborate with care homes to develop individualised care plans based on each patient's unique needs and preferences.

1.2 Transition Coordination:
  • Facilitate care and support into care homes or patients' own homes/community settings.
  • Liaise with hospital discharge planners, Trusted Assessors, social workers, and community resources to ensure continuity of care.

1.3 One-to-One Support:
  • Provide dedicated support to patients during the transition period for up to 6 weeks.
  • Address and alleviate any anxieties or concern the patient may have, fostering a sense of security and well-being.

1.4 Education and Training:
  • Train care home/family carer and community care providers staff on dementia care best practices and strategies for managing challenging behaviours.
  • Offer ongoing education and support to care home managers to enhance their understanding of dementia care.

1.5 Communication:
  • Maintain open and transparent communication with care home managers, keeping them informed about patients progress and any specific needs.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams, including the CLCH Enhanced Care Home Team

1.6 Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Regularly assess and monitor the patient's response to the new environment.
  • Implement adjustments to care plans as needed, ensuring the patient's comfort and well-being.
  • Provide effective leadership and management
  • Ensure safe handover to care home staff or carers

1.7 Role model
  • Act as a visual leader for dementia within the Enhanced care home team
  • Provide leadership that enables professional decision-making and effective teamwork
  • Empower and enable staff to contribute to the delivery of high-quality person-centred care
  • Support clinical expertise of staff within the service by role modelling evidence-based person-centred care.

Person Specification



  • oRMN / Occupational Therapist/Social worker
  • oIf RMN then requires ENB 998 or SLICE
  • oEvidence of continued professional development
  • oRelevant post-registration education to diploma/degree level
  • oEvidence of post-registration training relevant to mental health practice and older people


  • oRGN
  • oENB 941 Care of Elderly
  • oLeadership / Management qualification or course



  • oSubstantial post registration - previous at Band 6 (with older adults)
  • oPrevious experience in a community setting
  • oExperience of working in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • oExperience of working with older people with mental health problems
  • oExperience supervising junior staff
  • oActive involvement in service change/development

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Fairfield House, Fairfield Crescent, Kingsbury, NW9 0PS



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