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Dementia Carer Support Service Co-ordinator

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Old Age
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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Do you have a desire to improve the support the informal carers of people with Dementia

If you have a passion for and experience of supporting carers/ family members of people with dementia then we would love you to join our team. We are looking for someone with transferrable skills perhaps from care or nursing homes who can support and supervise our enthusiastic volunteers deliver this award winning service.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will consolidate and expand the reach of the Dementia Carer's Support Service making use of their expert knowledge in Dementia Care. They must hold NMC, SW England or HCPC registration and have a carer focus to their practice as well as experience in delivering supervision.

Post holders will have an office base in Ely (free parking) with admin support. We offer a hybrid working approach, with equipment to work from home and hot desk in the locality served, which includes the Huntingdon and Fenland area. The successful candidate will join a small, friendly team. The core working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • Assessment of the needs of carers of people with a diagnosis of dementia
  • Recognise any deterioration in health or functioning which requires interventions from statutory or non-statutory services
  • Remain vigilant for indications of clinical risk and safeguarding concerns that may require action
  • To develop the professional role within the locality
  • To offer guidance and support to colleagues within the neighbourhood teams and ICTs regarding the needs of carers of a person with a diagnosis of dementia
  • To recruit and support volunteers to the service including ensuring that regular supervision takes place. This includes a trail-blazing service into new areas of the county
  • To maintain appropriate records of carers and volunteers and activity data as agreed with the mental health lead
  • To work closely with the dementia services to promote the service
  • To compile progress reports and present reports to relevant meetings as required
  • To work in partnership with statutory and non-statutory agencies to support the needs of the carers within the locality
  • Develop support approaches particularly for those caring for someone at end of life stage of the illness

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant professional registered qualification (Registered Health Nurse / Occupational Therapist / Social Worker) NMC, SWE or HCPC registered
  • Training in supervision and appraisal
  • Degree Level / post graduate qualification in related field
  • Post qualifying training
  • Carer related education
  • Coaching qualification
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience in working within a mental health service
  • Experience of working with older people with mental health needs
  • Experience of working with carers of people with dementia
  • Experience of working with people with a diagnosis of dementia
  • Experience of clinical and managerial supervision of junior staff
  • Experience of working with an older people's community mental health service
  • Experience of supporting carers
  • Have a lived experience of mental health challenges
  • Experience of the recruitment processes
  • Experience of delivering information or therapy on a group basis
Skills/Abilities Essential
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Excellent clinical skill in assessment and interventions for common mental health conditions
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to summarise information and communicate with colleagues
  • Excellent understanding of the needs of carers
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people in distress or with communication difficulties
  • Ability to model effective management and communication techniques with people with dementia
  • Ability to use computer based software such as word and excel
  • Experience as a Safeguarding Lead
  • Experience of doing Best Interest Assessments
  • Experience of carrying out risk assessments
Knowledge/Understanding Essential
  • Excellent understanding of statutory framework and care commissioning including: safeguarding, commissioning of care and Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity act
  • Excellent understanding of research in field
Physical Requirements Essential
  • Ability to travel in the community and across the county independently
  • Ability to sit for sustained periods of time

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