Dementia Practitioner

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Old Age
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Dementia Practitioner Band 5/6

TheIntensive Dementia Service(IDS)wewould like to invite you to join our innovative team inYeovilif you are a registered
  • Mental Health Nurse (RMN)
  • Registered General nurse (RN)
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Social Worker

We are committed to support development of our band 5's through a developmental framework to transition into a Band 6 role within the team.

We're looking for someone with experience of working in the community who has an understanding ofOlder Persons Mental Health Care and Dementia.

We are acountywide crisis servicefor people with dementia, cognitive impairment who are exhibiting a significant level of behavioural and psychological symptoms associated with dementia. We have 2 team bases, one in Yeovil (East) and one in Taunton ( West).

The team in the East covers Yeovil, Chard, Crewkerne, Wincanton, Glastonbury, Wells, Frome and surrounding villages.

The service provides:
  • Behavioural support planning, including role modelling of care delivery.
  • Review of medication and monitoring of medication changes made by the team's consultant.
  • Interventions to reduce challenging behaviours (distraction techniques, assessment for pain, physical ill health)
  • Referrals and liaison with physical health services both primary and intermediate care
  • Educating and supporting services with individualised activity programmes, and the promotion of personalised care.
  • Signposting to other services

Main duties of the job

You'll take on a clinical leadership role within the team overseeing the team caseload, directing and guiding colleagues to ensure patients needs are addressed and met.

You'll take on a duty worker role so your previous experience in risk assessment and the ability to implement risk management plans will be vital to be able to react to the changing needs of your patients.

As well as taking pride in caring for our patients, we also prioritise taking care of our employees!You will be part of a compassionate and friendly team who understand the challenges that arise when working and the importance of supporting one another through these.
  • Are you committed to going the extra mile to enhance patient care?
  • Are you comfortable being part of an open and hardworking culture?
  • Are you ambitious and driven to expand your clinical skills?

If you answered yes to these questions then we would love to hear from you!

Full time and Part time hours available!

About us

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust endeavours to provide development opportunities for those looking to develop a career in the NHS, in both clinical and non-clinical roles.

At our Trust we value outstanding care, listening and leading and working together and always endeavour to put these at the heart of our service.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:
  • Multicultural Network
  • Women's Network
  • Armed Forces' Network
  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic Colleague Network

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of health benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our blue light card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

You will frequently take charge of a shift to be responsible and professionally accountable for a caseload within the community working with people with severe organic mental illness who have multiple and complex needs.

This entails taking on a duty worker role, receiving and triaging new referrals and planning /co-ordinating other staff's time to meet patient need.

Please see job description for full responsibilities.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional registration RMN on NMC register
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD
  • Post graduate qualification linked to speciality
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in the community with older people with dementia and other mental health conditions
  • Working in a home treatment setting
Skills Essential
  • Demonstrates flexibility and autonomy
  • Demonstrates some leadership experience
  • Supervision of junior staff
Skills Essential
  • Have undertaken a duty worker/triaging role
  • Understand the links between physical and mental health
Skills Essential
  • Good understanding of complex mental health
  • Experience of deescalating and managing challenging behaviours
Experience Essential
  • Effective communication within the MDT and wider teams
  • Understanding of safeguarding process and referral

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