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Advanced Practitioner, Dementia Diagnostic Assessment

Job Reference: 369-A-19-42845

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Bristol Dementia Services
£33,222 - £43,041 per annum pro rata

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health and learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist and secure services for the wider south west region and nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise and resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe and focused on people's recovery.

Our values

At Devon Partnership NHS Trust we not only recruit employees based on their qualifications and experience - we recruit individuals who possess (and are able to demonstrate) the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation.

These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity and compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves and others, and being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and applications are encouraged and welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time, job share and flexible working applications will be considered and supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health and learning disabilities.

We are a Disability Confident Employer. Applicants who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria in the job description will be invited to interview.

At Devon Partnership NHS Trust we want to attract and retain talented people and create a great place to work with a shared sense of pride and ambition. Our vision is to have an inclusive society where the importance of mental health and wellbeing is universally understood and valued. Recovery is at the heart of everything we do and we are one of the pioneers in driving forward the recovery agenda.

Shortlisted for Best Employer by Nursing Times 2018

Band 7 Advanced Practitioner, Dementia Diagnostic Assessment

The Bristol Dementia Well being Service is a joint venture between Alzheimer’s Society and Devon Partnership Trust. It provides Dementia services to people who are registered to a Bristol GP. We are located across three community sites and support the people of Bristol with Dementia to live as well as possible, for as long as possible, in their own community.

We have an opportunity for an experienced clinician to join the team to as a Band 7 Advanced Practitioner who specialises in Diagnostic Assessment. This role will provide clinical support, advice and guidance citywide.Core working hours are Monday to Friday 09.00-17.00.

The post holder will require:

  • robust clinical triage skills which they will use as a core part of the role as well as contributing to the multidisciplinary triage

  • awareness and understanding of possible complicating or excluding factors to assessment and diagnosis

  • a background in diagnostic assessment and formulation which they will use both for their own clinical work and to enable others to formulate a diagnosis based on their findings

  • experience of people with a range of needs including Mental Health diagnoses

  • an awareness of and willingness to work closely with other relevant parties such as neurology

  • an ability to provide clinical supervision, education and training which will be used to support practitioners and primary care colleagues such as GPs, among others

The role includes independent clinical activity holding a case load of complex diagnostic assessment and citywide consultative work. This will include clinical support and supervision in both group setting by way of diagnostic formulation meetings and on a 1:1 basis. There will be a focus on education across the city by way of joint visits with practitioners to complex diagnostic assessments and/or feedback visits and attending GP surgery meetings.

The post holder will work closely with the medical team and psychology team within the service and have access to clinical supervision.

This service provides all staff with opportunities for excellent training and development with the potential to further develop skills in cognitive assessments in conjunction with the psychology team. Not least to make a significant positive difference to the lives of people living with dementia.

This exciting post will interest a motivated individual who works to remain up to date in the latest clinical developments in diagnosis and is confident in their clinical expertise and keen to use their knowledge to develop others.

For more information please contact Nikki Hobbs, Clinical Services Manager on 0117 9045150

Application supporting information

Prior to paper shortlisting, you will be asked four simple values based recruitment questions. Your responses will determine we are happy to progress with your application.

If you are shortlisted you will be contacted by email with interview details. Therefore, it is important that you check your NHS jobs account regularly. To access emails from us, please log into your account, and go to 'My Applications'.

In submitting an application form, you authorise Devon Partnership NHS Trust to confirm any previous NHS Service details via the Electronic Staff Record Inter Authority Transfer process should you be appointed. We will not seek references until you have been made a conditional offer.

Please note by applying for posts that require a professional registration, you are also consenting to this being checked prior to interview. Preference will be given to staff at risk in priority order.

Please note

This advert will be withdrawn when a sufficient number of applications have been received. If you have part completed an application, we will contact you to advise you of this.

As a new member of staff to Devon Partnership NHS Trust you will be required to attend a full induction programme at the beginning of your employment. The content and length of this programme will depend on your new job role and where you will be working. This can be between one day for non-clinical staff and up to 10 days for inpatient clinical staff.

Thank you for applying.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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