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Senior Dementia Practitioner

Livewell Southwest
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
14 Jul 2024
An exciting new opportunity has arisen to recruit a Band 6 Senior Dementia Practitioner for the Plymouth Dementia Pathway. This role is 37.5 hours - Monday - Friday 0900-1700.

As a Senior Dementia Pathway Practitioner, you will be a part of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT), providing a specialist service for people in Plymouth with progressive memory issues & diagnosis of dementia. You will be involved in working across the Plymouth Dementia Pathway from initial dementia assessment, diagnosis, post diagnostic follow up & treatment. You will be key in the journey for people with dementia & their carers offering support & intervention as required both within a persons home, care home setting & /or discharge from our In-Patient Unit.

We are seeking highly motivated individuals who would hold a professional qualification in Mental Health/General Nursing. Experience and knowledge of dementia is essential. You must be committed to improving quality of life for people with dementia & their family/carers, as well as leading on developing person-centered care, providing independent expert advice, information & support. You will need to be an effective communicator as the role involves liaising with a variety of professionals. This role will raise awareness & understanding & strengthen substantially so we can help those living with dementia have a better quality of life.

All LWSW staff are expected to able and willing to work across a 7 day service

Main duties of the job

The Plymouth Dementia Pathway undertakes comprehensive cognitive assessments for people who have or suspected to have memory problems, to determine if further investigation is required for a formal diagnosis of dementia. Once given, a range of treatment options/post diagnostic support services are offered to enable people with dementia & their relatives/carers to live well with dementia

Your passion/enthusiasm to work with people with dementia & achieve the best possible outcomes will be evident. It's essential that you have experience of working with people with dementia. Both community/ward based experience would be an advantage but not essential. This is a demanding role & the ability to perform under pressure, work as a member of a MDT as well as to work autonomously, with excellent communication skills together with risk assessment/management skills/experience of evidence-based interventions & have competent/efficient in caseload management is essential

You will

Act as a role model to other members of staff

Supervise other members of the team/trainees will be part of your role as you share your skills/knowledge with those around you

We will endeavour to support you to develop the skills required to thrive in this role & provide training with developmental support to pursue a fulfilling career

please note that this role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Professional Responsibilities & Patient Contact:

Be accountable for the direct patient care/support provided by the Plymouth Dementia Pathway at all times.

Maintain high standards of clinical/professional care/support of people with dementia, their family/ carers.

Work as part of a MDT to ensure that the best possible outcomes of achieved for the person with dementia and their family/carer.

Have responsibility for own caseload of patients and take responsibility as lead professional or care co-ordinator as appropriate.

Identify and undertake specialist and comprehensive assessments to assist in the diagnosis of people suspected of having dementia including: undertaken including the persons: life history, social and family circumstances, and preferences, as well as their physical and mental health needs and current level of functioning and abilities.

Be able to inform the person with a suspected dementia and/or their family/carer about the assessment and diagnosis process. Providing knowledge about structural imagining, identifying if they want to have any scans, or if they wish to know the diagnosis and with whom this should be shared with.

Take steps to obtain patient consent to care and treatment in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act, ensuring those people with dementia who lack mental capacity remain at the centre of decision-making and are fully safeguarded.

Promote a recovery model that empowers people with dementia, their family/ carers to be at the forefront of decision making and ownership of their treatment plans.

Assess the effectiveness of medication prescribed for the symptoms of dementia and report observations back to the prescriber as required.

Be able to advise on, recommend and provide a range of effective evidence based treatment and interventions plans at all stages of a persons dementia journey that is based on sound clinical decision making.

Promoting and maintaining independent of people with dementia by addressing activities of daily living that maximises independent activity, enhances function, adapt and develops skills, and minimises the need for support.

Re-assess people with dementia where there are changes in emotional well-being and behaviour. Promote least restrictive practice, maximising independence and freedom, with due attention to the safety of others.

Undertake risk assessments, devising and implementing actions and intervention plans which take the risk formulation fully into account.

Be responsible for decision making and co-ordination in a crisis situation, where necessary seeking advice and guidance from other relevant professionals

Be committed to the treatment of people with dementia in the community, reducing the number of inappropriate admissions to acute or in-patient hospital settings.

Know when to consider and co-ordinate a psychiatric inpatient admission, making an application for a Mental Health Act Assessment where it is deemed necessary.

Complete Social Circumstances Reports and attend the Mental Health Act Tribunals as and when required.

Work with staff on the psychiatric inpatient unit to support with discharge planning and joint reviews of patients with dementia who will require ongoing input from the Plymouth Dementia Pathway.

Be able to recognise end stage dementia and (when appropriate) liaise with specialists within the end of life care team to support in care delivery.

Communication and Working Relationship Skills:

Be able to communicate clearly and effectively with people who have dementia, their family/carers and/or other professionals involved. This will be within the boundaries of confidentiality.

Be confident in communicating with people who have dementia or who have difficulties when English is not their first language using Organisation approved interpreters/services.

Be able to receive information, analyse and formulate professional judgements.

Be confident in managing conflict between individuals as and when required.

Ensure that professional boundaries are always adhered to.

Be directly responsible for the collaboration and the planning of individual care with other teams and services to provide a seamless service to people with dementia, their family/carers.

Attend and represent the Plymouth Dementia Pathway in meetings, e.g. Child Protection, Adult Protection, Mental Health Tribunals, CPA reviews.

Attend and participate in various forums/steering groups within the organisation and the wider community as required.

Knowledge and Experience:

Have experience of working in partnership with people with dementia, and their family/carers in setting such as home environment, care home, hospital etc.

Have a sound knowledge of dementia including: risk factors and preventative strategies, signs and symptoms, types of dementia and impact.

Be aware and able to inform of assessment and diagnostic process for dementia.

Demonstrate understanding on treatment options for people diagnosed with dementia including: post diagnostic support, cognitive enhancers, other service provisions.

Inform others on how to effectively manage behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementia.

Adhere to Policy and Legislation relating to Dementia/Mental Health, e.g. Mental Health Act 1983, Mental Capacity Act, Care Act, Equality Act, Human Rights Act, Care Programme Approach and Clinical Governance.

Planning and organisational skills:

Be able to support in the meeting of targets and provide information on a regular basis to enable the team and LSW to perform as expected.

Ensure that members of the team are allocated in accordance with their skill mix. Prioritising and delegating accordingly.

Ensure that relevant members of the team take a lead in clinical/professional meetings ensuring all patients are reviewed decisions and plans are put into action and represent the person with dementia and their family/carers views.

Attend multi-disciplinary meetings for the protection of people with dementia, family/carers, staff and public e.g. Adult Protection, Case Conference Child Protection, Risk Management.

Contribute to the planning and implementation of all service developments within the Plymouth Dementia Pathway, formulating policies and protocols as required.

Contribute to the review of the process and procedures within the Plymouth Dementia Pathway in line with Guidance such as: Department of Health and NICE.

Analytical and Judgement Skills

As and when required support in the triage of referrals to the Plymouth Dementia Pathway making reference to the eligibility criteria, providing information and advice for those referrals that are not appropriate.

Provide dementia care and other interventions in the setting most appropriate to meet the patients needs.

Ability to match a person with dementias need with available skills and resources.

Take a lead role in crisis assessments, supporting in the identification of risk, formulation of risk management plans and communicate with the wider health and social care community.

Report any incidents of harm or near miss in line with the LSW incident reporting policy. Acting appropriately so that actions are taken to reduce the risk of reoccurrence.

Supporting in the investigation of complaints and review untoward incidents and serious incidents, producing chronology of events, time lines, gaining witness statements, producing reports, recommendations and action plans for improvements as and when required.Service

Design and Improvement

Participate in, and lead where required, in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies, service innovations whereby the Plymouth Dementia Pathway evolves to meet the needs of people with dementia and their family/carers.

Support to ensure that clinical effectiveness systems are embedded and sustainable.

Monitor and improve quality through ensuring compliance to NICE guidelines.

Empower all team members to participate in implementing change by problem solving, considering potential conflicts and planning resolution.

Provide expert professional advice with regard to clinical care/professional practice, incidents and complaints as and when required.

Promote a culture that incorporates LSW aims and values.

Support in the development of the workforce, contributing to developing educational programmes for new and existing members of staff.

Provide mentorship for students and other staff both formally and informally

Continuous Professional Development

Behave in a professional and appropriate manner at all times.

Take personal accountability for own practice and remain professionally competent.

Ensure that team members are up to date with mandatory training and have access to additional training relevant to their role within the Plymouth Dementia Pathway.

Ensure that members of the team maintain and access Caseload Supervision, Line Management, Appraisals, and Practice Supervision in accordance with LSW Policy.

Have the ability to challenge staff where standards fall below expectations.

Contribute, support and/or conduct performance monitoring, sickness monitoring when required for the staff within the team.

Contribute, support and/or conduct complaint investigations, disciplinary, grievance investigations where appropriate and allocated.

Responsibility for Information Resources:

Have competent IT skills to enable information to be inputted into electronic records and other systems and to formulate letters and reports as required.

Contribute to ensuring the all records reach standards appropriate to all codes of practice and policy.

Responsible for individual recording of clinical records and monitoring the quality of data provided by other members of the team.

Responsible for electronic records contacts and monitor
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