Community Dementia Advisor

Recruiter
Angela Mahabeer - angela.mahabeer@wbacrc.org.uk
Location
West Bromwich, West Midlands
Salary
£17,160 per annum, Circa (£21,164 FTE)
Posted
12 Jul 2022
Closes
09 Aug 2022
Job Ref
CDS 00833/DH/HWB
Job Type
Community
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern
See advert details
Hours
Full-Time

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • To promote the ‘Sandwell Community Dementia Support Service’ within own local town, developing a network of support from health and social care professionals, encouraging referrals to the service through the ‘Single Point of Access’ at the earliest opportunity.

 

  • To provide structured support to both the person with dementia and their carer for all allocated cases, following the agreed service pathway.

 

  • To record within the shared CRM database (Charity Log) all actions undertaken and action points to follow up, as required, throughout the person’s journey with dementia.

 

  • To co-develop with individuals with dementia and their carers and supporters, an agreed wellbeing/support plan, building on the initial assessment of the Dementia Navigator, checking and monitoring the outcomes to ensure quality care and provision is in place to support the person to remain living in their own home, avoiding unnecessary admission into hospital or longer-term care.

 

  • To work collaboratively with Dementia Navigators to develop and deliver ‘Preparing for the Future’ training to support people with dementia and family carers to develop their Advance Care Plans and put in place Lasting Powers of Attorney. 

 

  • To ensure that information made available to people experiencing dementia and their carers is provided in the appropriate style that is easily understood, helpful and modified as necessary to suit individual needs.

 

  • To reach-out to seldom heard groups, ethnic minority communities, people with sensory disabilities and LGBT people, minimising barriers to accessing the service and providing a welcoming response.

 

  • To seek within the Provider Collaborative and/or outside the partnership additional support for individuals and families, to access alternative languages and/ or to meet cultural needs, ensuring that the service is responsive and promotes dignity and respect, choice and control for individuals and their carers.

 

  • To develop community networks to encourage and support people with dementia and families to attend arts and leisure activities to optimise their talents, strengths, and interests.

 

  • To signpost carers to local resources at various stages of the journey, if necessary, acting in an advocacy role and accessing information they need, whilst being mindful of the intention to promote independence, choice and autonomy.

 

  • To build understanding of dementia and coping strategies for people with dementia and families, encouraging them to live well at home for as long as possible

 

  • To act as a mentor and/or advocate to carers to enable to balance their need with those of the person they care for.

 

  • To ensure that all monitoring and evaluation tools are accurately and fully completed and entered onto the Charity Log Database.

 

  • To develop and contribute to an evolving database of local information contacts and experience

 

  • To contribute to ensuring continual improvement of the service and growth within Provider Collaborative’s knowledge base.

 

  • To develop networks with partner and local organisations and traders with a view to raising awareness of dementia and maintaining a dementia friendly community.

 

  • To attend regular staff meetings and supervision with the Service Development Lead on a regular basis.

 

  • To attend training sessions as required and agreed as part of continued professional development.

 

  • In conjunction with the Service Development Lead and other colleagues, partner organisations within the service, to identify gaps in provision of support services.

 

  • Ensure good team working relationships.

 

  • To safeguard clients using the reporting system; to notify the Service Development Lead of any event or likely event that compromises the safety of a service user, family member, citizen or paid worker. In addition, to work alongside any health and social care professionals to protect and prevent harm.

 

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