General Hospital services exist to meet the physical health needs of the population. However, significant numbers of older people admitted or referred to the general hospital will also have cognitive impairment and/or mental health problems in addition to their physical conditions. Such cognitive impairment and mental health problems in older people can influence care in a number of ways, including:
- Increased length of stay
- Increased risk of accidents, infection and confusion
- Repeated admission
In addition, under recognition of the causes of common mental health and cognitive problems in older people and the failure to adequately treat and care for problems such as confusion in older patients can contribute to:
- Dissatisfaction with care
- Patient and Carer complaints
- The purpose of the Older Persons Psychiatric Liaison service based within the general hospital, integrated with physical health care is to:
- Improve patient safety
- Increase the quality of care
- Improve patient flow and the appropriate utilisation of resources
- Improve staff safety
Main duties of the job
o To use a person centered approach that promotes independence and well-being minimising the need for medical intervention.o To help provide specialist dementia knowledge and skills to support acute MDT at RCHT in practices in the recognition, assessment and diagnosis for people living with dementia.o To participate in clinical supervision and individual appraisal in accordance with Trust policyo To keep professionally updated with ongoing developments in dementia/mental health through an evidence based approach to delivering high quality services by evaluating, updating, initiating and/or participating in training, audit and research.o To deputise as appropriate for the Band 7 in their absence.o To act as a mentor for student university placements. Having the mentoring qualification or being willing to work towards this qualification and attending mentorship updates as required
We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.
We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.
Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.
We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.
Just over 532,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.
Job description Job responsibilities
To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.
Person Specification Education / Qualifications and Relevant Experience Essential
- Current professional registration - NMC, HCPC
- Professional qualification - RMN, RNLD, RNC, OT, PT, SLT
- Evidence of continued professional development
- Having the mentoring qualification
- Experience of working with older people experience mental health problems.
Skills and Aptitude Essential
- Experience of working with people with dementia post qualification
- Previous teaching experience
- Previous experience in complex case management
Knowledge and abilities Essential
- Ability to present and deliver informal and formal training/education to a range of parties including carers
- Ability to communicate with clarity both verbal and written and IT skills.
- Excellent co-ordination skills
- Proven leadership, organisational, prioritising and team working skills
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