Senior Specialist Practitioner

Job Title: Senior Specialist Practitioner
Contract Type: Full-time
Location: East Sussex
Salary: £38,890 – £44,503 p.a.
Job Published: May 14, 2021 16:04

Job Description

Job Title: Senior Specialist Practicioner

Salary: £38,890 – £44,503 p.a.
Job Purpose: To work within the multi-disciplinary Service Development Team, family carers and UK health and social care providers in the creation, development, delivery, and promotion of an extensive range of evidence-based knowledge and resilience building interventions for family members living with dementia.
Main Duties:
  • Deputise for Head of Service as needed 
  • Take an active role in developing the courses, workshops and delegated projects
  • Lead and co-deliver the courses and workshops, facilitate small group sessions 
  • Contribute to the recruitment of family members to our services ensuring best interests of the family carers are paramount throughout the process
  • To ensure that the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion are incorporated into the planning, decisions, and actions of all aspects of service delivery
  • Liaise pro-actively with health and social care providers, voluntary sector, and commercial companies to build support for the courses and awareness raising throughout carer networks
  • Support Head of Services and Director of Service Development in identifying and contracting with external suppliers and contributors
  • To advise Head of Service on issues of service delivery including shortfall, service pressures etc
  • Lead on designated pieces of work to contribute to the design of the Dementia Carers Centre service including drop-in service; courses and workshops; bespoke events; exhibition space
  • To initiate and undertake Action Research / Clinical Governance / audit projects within area of clinical expertise
  • Maintain electronic and paper records 
  • Lead on a range of reports and other dissemination activities e.g., presentation of
  • papers, speak at national events
  • Contribute to Dementia Carers Count synthesis of learning from activity and knowledge about the needs of dementia Carers for ongoing service development and commit to continuous quality improvement in all aspects of service delivery and design.
  • To plan and prioritise workload, exercising autonomous professional responsibility for discussions and advice to carers 
  • To demonstrate good negotiation skills across a range of issues and to negotiate with staff regarding service pressures etc.
  • To monitor stock levels in own service area and request new equipment as appropriate
  • To identify personal/professional development evidenced by a Personal Development Plan/Professional Portfolio
Qualifications Essential

Professional qualification in nursing, social work, psychology, allied health professions such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech, and language therapy or equivalent 

Qualifications Desirable
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education or equivalent teaching qualification
  • Coaching or Counselling qualification 
  • Specialist dementia qualification or demonstrate relevant experience
  • Research methods and evaluation
  • Leadership qualification
Experience Essential
  • Assessment of the needs of family carers and/or people with dementia 
  • Co-Designing interventions with carers to meet these needs
  • Organising and leading programmes of education
  • Working directly with NHS, social care or third sector health and social care providers
  • Collaborative working within and across health and social care teams
  • Handling of sensitive information
  • Providing relevant supervisory support in a professional capacity
  • 0rganising events and collaborating with a range of contributors
  • Specialist professional skills and knowledge; including research, service evaluation and audit, to inform service/ policy developments
  • Facilitation and training
Experience desirable
  • Project management
  • Course development
  • Coaching within a mental health context or motivational interviewing techniques
  • Development and implementation of service user involvement programmes  
Knowledge of essential: 
  • Dementia and its impact on the person, families, and carers 
  • Therapeutic processes and methods (group and individual)
  • The need for, and best practice around, client confidentiality and safeguarding of vulnerable adults
  • The need for, and best practice around, involvement of service users in service design 
  • Knowledge of national policies which relate to Dementia
Knowledge of desirable
  • Knowledge of social care and the range of support services that carers typically access:                       
  • Knowledge of Information Technology and Assistive Technology 
  • Knowledge of data management methods and systems
  • Knowledge of holistic therapies
Skills Essential
  • Ability to contribute to interagency / multi-disciplinary team building and policy development
  • Ability to assess complex needs and understand wide ranging issues from the perspective of different family members living with dementia
  • Ability to design evidence-based interventions for family members living with dementia
  • Ability to communicate in a non-judgemental way with family members living with dementia
  • Ability to actively listen, understand and accommodate the views of people living with dementia and their friends and family members from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds
  • Confident at using the internet and social media to research information and resources provided by NHS, local government and third sector organisations
  • Well-developed administration skills, including use of the internet and social media fast and accurate data entry skills
  • Ability to design and deliver teaching sessions in a meaningful and accessible way
  • Excellent writing skills, ideally with experience of writing for a variety of audiences
  • Flexible and adaptable, able to respond to change positively; to work on several tasks and projects concurrently and to deliver to deadline
  • Initiative and judgement, and ability to propose solutions when raising potential problems or risks
  • Good negotiation skills across a range of issues and to negotiate with staff regarding service pressures etc
  • Ability to develop innovations in areas of risk management, quality standards setting, clinical effectiveness and building local evidence base
  • To reflect on auditory, visual kinaesthetic and social aspects of teaching, coaching and support and to identify appropriate strategies to facilitate and enhance effectiveness
Skills Desirable
  • Ability to recruit, manage and develop junior staff
  • Ability for creative thinking and innovation.
  • Ability to design and deliver teaching sessions in a meaningful and accessible way through a range of channels including online