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Memory Assessment Clinician

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Old Age
Band 6
Full Time
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Central North West London Trust have secured funding for implementing the DiADeM (Diagnosing Advanced dementia Mandate) pilot to both improve dementia diagnosis in care homes and overall dementia care supporting the delivery of NHS England's LTP commitment (1.20) to improve the care provided for people with dementia and delirium. The project will run for a period of 1 year. This is a privilege and an exciting opportunity for us and we seek to appoint a highly motivated and enthusiastic MAS clinician to join us for this pilot.

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 be responsible for coordinating the assessments and implementing the assessment tool as well as ensuring that those individuals that are diagnosed with dementia receive the support they need. In addition to implementing the DiADeM tool, You will complete medication reviews including antipsychotic medication, review care plans and make onward referrals as required, including referrals for general mental health, physical health and social care.

About us

You will receive guidance and support from our well-established memory assessment service and will have a named project lead who will offer both managerial and clinical supervision.

Harrow Older adults Community service is a multidisciplinary service comprising of the CMHT, HTT and MAS. The service as a whole is supported by a good admin

Job description Job responsibilities

Main duties of the job

You will be part of the DiADem team and be responsible for the hands-on delivery of the project, carrying out assessments, reviewing medication, care packages and completing onward referrals as required. You need to have a good understanding of dementia and have the experience of working with Older adults experiencing mental health difficulties including dementia. You will offer support and psychoeducation to the support system of individuals you assess and aid in their care planning. You will also be responsible for completing documentation and assessment reports as well as your recommendations.
  • To develop strategies and procure prospective list of individuals to be assessed from GPs/ Care homes.
  • To contact care homes/ families to triage referrals.
  • To complete the DiADeM assessment as per guidance by the project team.
  • To give diagnosis and review antipsychotic medication.
  • To seek MDT support where diagnosis is not clear.
  • To assess current risks and identify how the risk and patients mental health needs would best be met.
  • To formulate, implement and review individualised Recovery Care Plans with patients and their carers that aims to address their psychological, physical & social needs.
  • To plan and coordinate family meetings or meetings with other key professionals.
  • To build and maintain therapeutic relationships with patients and carers and involve them in drawing up care plans.
  • To work with patients care co-ordinator/ lead professional as appropriate to ensure continuity of care.
  • To provide information and advice to carers to support them to develop personalised care plans.
  • To offer support and guidance to formulate individualised Care Plans with service users and their carers that aim to address their psychological, physical, spiritual & social needs.
  • To facilitate carers assessments, provide the appropriate care plan to support clients as well as carers, offering advice, information and signposting.
  • To administer, supervise and monitor prescribed medication where required, advising patients and carers on storage, administration and possible side effects.
  • To utilise analytical and problem-solving skills to ensure that assessed needs are managed safely and effectively.
  • To have a sound understanding and knowledge of current legislation and its application to service users with mental health problems e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Human Rights Act, Freedom of Information Act, Data Protection Act.
  • To attend MDT meetings where required

Person Specification Education and Qualification Essential
  • RMN/ OT/ Social Worker
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Post-registration qualifications
  • A post registration qualification in Older People
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as member of a Multi -disciplinary team in an Older adults mental health team/ Memory assessment service.
  • Experience of working in a community setting
  • Experience of managing/supervision of staff.
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of conducting assessments, Risk Assessment & Risk Management Processes
  • Knowledge and understanding of dementia
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs and rights of service users and their carers.
  • Knowledge of ethical/legal requirements within mental health care.
  • Knowledge and understanding of legislation relating to the care of Older Adults with Mental Health problems in the community
Skills and abilities Essential
  • Effective communication skills both verbally and through written reports.
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Ability to take responsibility for managing work load
  • Ability to manage complex decision-making situations.
  • Ability to engage with families and provide psycho education on dementia and how it impacts on individuals.
  • Ability to coordinate meetings with families and professionals.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize own workload.
  • Ability to supervise junior staff and students
  • Teaching and assessing skills.
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Ability to work effectively in stressful and emotionally charged situation
  • Able to manage personal stress.
  • Previous experience of audit and research.
Other Essential
  • IT skills i.e. Microsoft word, Email, Internet
  • Motivated and able to motivate others
  • Assertive and enthusiastic.
  • Car driver, full UK driving license

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