Specialist Practitioner

Job Title: Specialist Practitioner
Contract Type: Full-time
Location: United Kingdom
Job Published: May 14, 2021 19:30

Job Description

Specialist Practitioner

Salary: £ 31,365 – 37,890 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:

  • Take an active role in developing the courses and workshops. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To ensure that the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion are incorporated into the planning, decisions, and actions of all aspects of service delivery.
  • Support course feedback and evaluation processes by helping participants to complete outcome questionnaires before and after course attendance, and inputting questionnaire data onto the study database.
  • To advise line manager on issues of service delivery including shortfall, service pressures etc
  • To undertake Action Research / Clinical Governance / audit projects within area of clinical expertise
  • Contribute to design of the Dementia Carers Centre service including drop-in service; courses and workshops; bespoke events; exhibition space.
  • Maintain electronic and paper records.  
  • Contribute to writing of reports and other dissemination activities. 
  • 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 supervisor regarding complex case management issues.
  • To advise line manager on issues of service delivery including shortfall, 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
  • Specialist dementia qualification or demonstrate relevant experience.
  • Coaching or Counselling qualification 
  • Specialist dementia qualification
Experience Essential
  • Assessment of the needs of family carers and/or people with dementia 
  • C0-Designing interventions to meet these needs.
  • 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 sensitive information
  • Providing relevant administrative support in a professional capacity
  • Active involvement planning 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:

  • Experience supporting the development of others’ problem solving/negotiation skills by peer review/supervision.
  • Active promotion of the involvement of service users and carers; providing information to encourage their involvement and to ensure that they are adequately supported in this involvement.

Knowledge of:


  • 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.
  • 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 assess complex needs and understand wide ranging issues from the perspective of different family members living with dementia.
  • Ability to work with others 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
  • To demonstrate good negotiation skills across a range of issues and to negotiate with supervisor regarding complex case management issues
  • To reflect on auditory, visual kinaesthetic and social aspects of teaching, coaching and support and to identify appropriate strategies to facilitate and enhance effectiveness.