Specialist Dementia Practitioner - Band 6

Haringey Specialist Dementia Service Practitioner: Occupational Therapist, Social worker or Registered Mental Health Nurse - Band 6
The Haringey Specialist Dementia Service is looking for an Occupational Therapist, Social Worker or Registered Mental Health Nurse with experience and interest in working with people with dementia. We are a small multi-disciplinary team, working closely with the CMHT for Older People and Haringey Memory Service to provide specialist support for service users with moderate-severe dementia and their carers. Many of the clients referred to the service will be experiencing significant Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) and a high level of skill in working with the families, carers and support networks around the person with dementia will be central to the role.
This is an interesting and varied role which will require flexible and innovative working to support people with complex needs who may be living through very difficult circumstances. The post-holder will draw on a biopsychosocial approach to undertake assessments, formulate care plans in conjunction with other CMHT professionals and provide time limited support to people with dementia, their carers and relatives. Our service aim is to minimise the use of anti-psychotic medication wherever possible and the role will include working closely with carers to develop psychosocial approaches to managing behaviour change. The post holder will play an integral part in the prevention of unnecessary hospital admissions but the work will also include supporting transitions between home, hospital or residential care.
This is a role that will involve working collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and with informal and formal carers including residential home care staff. The post holder will require excellent communication skills and an ability to work effectively with people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The work will include liaising with health and social care agencies, including undertaking some Care Act Assessments, and knowledge and experience of this work would be an advantage.
The successful candidate will enjoy working with people with dementia and their families show that they are able to formulate a case on multiple levels and be able to work flexibly to address the varied needs of our service users. They will need to be able to work autonomously but equally work well within a team. Mental Health Services for Older People in Haringey have been rated as Outstanding by CQC and we are committed to a Continuous Improvement approach to service development. This will be a real opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people who are experiencing directly or indirectly the symptoms of dementia and to contribute to an excellent and highly valued team.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Dr Rachel Butterfield, Rachel.butterfield@nhs.net, 020 8702 6300

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