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Specialist Dementia Practitioner

Band 6

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Dementia Practitioner
Band 6
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Older Person CMHT Victoria Unit, St Ann’s
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum +Outer London HCAS
Salary period
25/09/2020 23:59

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million.

In Enfield, we provide a full range of child and adult community health services, which over the last few years has been integrating with its mental health services to provide better and more holistic care.

BEH manages the renowned North London Forensic Services (NLFS), rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC. This service treats and cares for people within the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We have also been appointed as the lead provider of forensic mental health services across North London managing the devolved New Models of care budget of £170m from 2018/19. NLFS delivers mental health care across some of the prisons and provides mental health services as HM Young Offenders Institutions in Aylesbury.

We also provide one of the largest eating disorder services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services and mental health liaison services in North Middlesex University Hospitals Trust.

Our values and quality improvement are at the heart of everything we do, please consider joining us.​


 Band 6 – Haringey Specialist Dementia Service Practitioner: Occupational Therapist, Social worker or Registered Mental Health Nurse

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.


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Dr Rachel Butterfield,, 020 8702 6300

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