Dementia Intensive Support Team Practitioner

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£27,055 to £32,934 a year gross per annum
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Dementia Intensive Support Team - West Suffolk

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the West Suffolk Dementia Intensive Support Team. You will be joining a motivated and passionate multi-disciplinary team working to achieve positive outcomes for service users and their carers.

The team is community based and works in individuals homes to prevent breakdown of care and support, to promote independence and stabilise situations preventing admissions to hospital and premature moves into long term care. You will be holding a caseload and taking on the care coordinator role.

If you have the same passion to work with this client group, can demonstrate strong communication skills and have experience in liaising and coordinating with multiple professionals then we would love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

Working with other multi-disciplinary professionals within the team you will:
  • Manage and hold a caseload and act as care coordinator for service users you are seeing
  • Undertake initial assessments, manage risks, be positive in risk taking
  • Engage and work with clients with dementia and their carers
  • Liaise with statutory and voluntary Sector to get care and support in place as required
  • Support introduction of care and monitor situations

About us

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million.

The Dementia Intensive Support Team is a part of the West Suffolk Care Group, working within the community to meet the needs of people with Dementia and their carers.


Benefits included with this role are:
  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • gym membership
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will be a part of a multi-disciplinary team working in the community. They will be managing their own caseload and taking on the care coordinator role.

They will be undertaking initial assessments, demonstrating strong communication skills and an ability to engage with clients and their carers often in difficult circumstances.

They will be contributing to multi-disciplinary team meetings and liaising and working with other agencies in the statutory and voluntary sectors to establish packages of care to meet the service users and carers needs moving forwards.

They will be assessing risk on an ongoing basis but be open to positive risk taking with this client group.

Person Specification
  • Experience working in the community

  • Experience of working with people with dementia in the community

  • Degree in nursing, social work or OT
  • Valid registration with NMC

  • Medicine Management
  • Risk Assessment
  • Ability to effectively and appropriately manage own time and priorities

  • Appropriate Sections of the Mental Health Act (1983)
  • Working knowledge of Care Programme Approach

  • A clear understanding of mental health presentations.

  • Ability to travel independently

  • Ability to motivate others
  • Enthusiasm for the job

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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