Senior Dementia Practitioner

  • NHS
  • Full Time
  • Plymouth

Job Description

An exciting new opportunity has arisen to recruit a Senior Dementia Practitioner to join the Plymouth Dementia Pathway based at the Local Care Centre. The role is full-time, working hours are 0900 to 1700, Monday to Friday.

The Plymouth Dementia Pathway undertakes comprehensive cognitive assessments for people who have or are suspected to have memory problems, to determine if further investigation is required for a formal diagnosis of dementia. Once a diagnosis is given, a range of treatment options and post diagnostic support services are offered to enable people with dementia and their relatives/carers to live well with dementia. Information, advice and re-assessments are offered throughout a person’s dementia journey.

The Plymouth Dementia Pathway is operated by a small, specialist multi-disciplinary team including: Consultant Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologist, Dementia Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapist, Community Care Workers, Dementia Advisors and Administrative Staff/Medical Secretaries.

In order to improve assessment, diagnosis and care for people with dementia and their relatives/carers, the Plymouth Dementia Pathway is going through a period of transformation to ensure timely and equal access to services, provision of evidence based treatment, monitoring and following up.

As a Senior Dementia Practitioner you will have a qualification as either: mental health nurse or general nurse. You will demonstrate passion, enthusiasm, dedication and motivation in working with people with dementia, their relatives/carers and other professionals. As a Senior Dementia Practitioner within this service you will be expected to be involved with the following areas:

  • Oversee a small team of Dementia Practitioners.
  • Effectively managing a caseload of people at various stages of dementia.
  • Completing initial memory assessments, utilising cognitive tools for new referrals to the Plymouth Dementia Pathway.
  • Providing specialist information and advice to referrers, professionals, carers and families in relation to the care and treatment of people with dementia.
  • Providing a proactive and interactive assessment, care and management to people with dementia both within their own home and care home setting.
  • Work collaboratively with key partner organisations, people with dementia, carers, clinicians and other practitioners within a multi-disciplinary team in delivering services
  • Assessing risk and responding in an appropriate and timely manner alongside formulation of risk management plans and monitoring the effectiveness of any treatment plan.
  • Making applications for Mental Health Act Assessments for people with dementia who pose a risk to self and/or others and are unable to be full assessed or treated in the community requiring admission to In-Patient setting.
  • Supporting with discharges and reviews from In-Patient settings to either home or care home setting.
  • Supporting prescribers in the initiation/titration of dementia medications and anti-psychotics.
  • Supporting and supervising junior staff primarily Community Support Workers who will work under your direction but also student learners attached to the team.
  • Actively participating in service development activities including service reviews, audits and Care Quality Commission visits.

Livewell Southwest values its staff and makes investment in their development a priority. Currently we offer the following development opportunities for staff:

  • A minimum of three days protected CPD for registered staff
  • Development pathways for unregistered staff from apprentice to bands 2, 3 and 4 and for registered staff in bands 5, 6, 7 and 8
  • Leadership programmes
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Medicines Management, leg Ulcer Management and Assessment Training
  • Access and funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course and Scholarship Into Nurse Training
  • Robust Preceptorship
  • An induction programme tailored to your needs
  • Relocation package may be considered for the right candidate for certain roles

Rewards and benefits

  • Discounts available from retailers, UK hotels and main attractions often up to 15% savings
  • NHS Pension Scheme and competitive Pension Scheme with Scottish Widows and/or Government Pension scheme (conditions apply)
  • Lease car scheme (available after satisfactory completion of probation/conditions apply)
  • Cycle to work scheme (available after satisfactory completion of probation)
  • School holiday childcare subsidies
  • Multiple flexible working options

Livewell Southwest can allow existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme to continue their membership when they join the organisation.

All Livewell Southwest staff are expected to able and willing to work across a 7 day service.

Job share(s) considered.


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