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Specialist Dementia Practitioner

Band 6

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Specialist Dementia Practitioner
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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St Ann’s Hospital
£37,152 - £43,994 Per annum Inclusive of HCAS rate
Salary period
10/12/2021 23:59
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) provides healthcare services locally, regionally and nationally. We serve a population of 1.2 million, employ more than 3,300 staff, and operate from over 20 main sites in the community. As a multiple award winning Trust we provide mental health services for young people, adults and older people, and have a full range of child and adult community health services in Enfield. Our North London Forensic Service treats and cares for people in the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We also provide one of the largest eating disorders services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services, and mental health liaison services at Barnet Hospital and the North Middlesex University Hospital.

Job overview

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.

Main duties of the job

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.

Working for our organisation

BEHMHT is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health (MH) 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) which delivers MH care across some of the prisons and provides MH services as HM Young Offenders Institutions in Aylesbury. We are rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC. 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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

interview date 16th December 2021


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NMC registered RMN or HCPC registered Occupational Therapist/social worker.
  • Must be currently registered with appropriate professional body
  • Evidence of on-going CPD in portfolio
Desirable criteria
  • ENB 811/812 or equivalent (e.g. course in community nursing)
  • ENB 998 or equivalent (e.g. course in Mentorship Preparation)
  • ENB N11 or equivalent (e.g. course in dementia care)
  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Minimum of 3 years post qualification experience
  • Post registration experience of working in mental health care of older people services specifically in the care of people with dementia.
  • Experience of multi-agency/professional working
  • Working experience in community mental health setting
  • Ability and experience in developing and implementing systems that support clinical excellence.
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as within a wider multi-disciplinary team setting
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of supervising and managing junior staff/learners
  • Proven skills in project management
  • Experience of teaching or training
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment and ensuring that clinical practice is culturally sensitive.


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrate an extensive knowledge of evidence based assessments and interventions.
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of the CPA and social care commissioning process.
  • Able to evidence current and practice knowledge of clinical, managerial and policy issues related to the clinical speciality of dementia and the wider NHS
  • Able to deal with difficult situations e.g. dealing with aggressive and/or emotional patients or carers
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of agencies to support service users and their families
  • Knowledge of Health & Safety at work Act


Essential criteria
  • Positive Police clearance
Desirable criteria
  • First Aid training
  • Ability to think and work flexibly to adapt to different approaches.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Ludia Luutu
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Dr Rachel Butterfield

Lead Clinical Psychologist

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