Due to exploring new options to provide assessment of dementia for people within Hertfordshire, we are looking to recruit Mental Health Nurses to work in our Early Memory Diagnosis and Support Service (EMDASS) until 31stMarch 2023.We have posts based in Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage and Watford. Our Hemel team see people in the Dacorum and St Albans, our Stevenage team see people in North Herts and Stevenage, and our Watford team see people in Hertsmere, Watford and Three Rivers. Although much of our work is within clinics, we do see people in their own homes, and in other sites - for example GP surgeries, community centres etc.
Main duties of the job
As part of the EMDASS team you will work with a range of other professionals including Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists to assess individuals with memory problems and early stage dementia. Your work will use your expert clinical assessment skills within a clinic setting or in people's own homes to assist with the assessment of dementia. The work will also involve the support of individuals who have recently been diagnosed with dementia. As a team we regularly hold teaching and reflective sessions and look to embed an open culture of learning through our governance. You will have regular supervision, and an appraisal that looks to support your development.As this is a fixed term/ secondment until the end ofMarch 2023, it would be an ideal opportunity for Nurses that wish to explore whether a career in a dementia diagnosis is for you.If you are passionate about caring for people with dementia in the community, we are the right team for you.The core hours for the team areMondaytoFriday9-5. We may be able to offer flexible working patterns.Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just fivemental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission
, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.
Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.
The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:
Our Trust values are: Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.
These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!
Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?
Then please read on...
Job description Job responsibilities
For full details of the main duties and responsibilities of the role please refer to the job description and person specification documents attached.
Person Specification KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE Essential
- Degree, diploma or equivelant in Nursing (Mental Health Nursing)
- Registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council
- Mentorship Preparation Course.
- Two years post registration experience, with at least one year post registration experience in Older People's Mental Health Care.
- Post registration course in Dementia
- Commitment to become nonmedical prescriber
- Understanding of end of life care in dementia
- Knowledge of legislation related to mental health and social care (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, National Service Framework, National Dementia Strategy, Care Programme Approach etc)
- Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel.
- Ability to manage distressing and challenging situations.
- Expert clinical skills in dementia care
- Pre or Post registration training/ short courses in mental health and/ or older people's care.
- Community and InPatient nursing experience.
- Supervision skills
- Leadership skills
- Experience in research
- Experience in audit.
ANALYTICAL SKILLS Essential
- Ability to assess and manage risks
- Good range of problem solving skills
- Good range of information gathering skills.
- Fine attention to detail
- Contemporary knowledge in dementia care (local and national)
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