Dementia Advisor

Location
London
Salary
£24,393 actual per annum
Posted
24 Jun 2019
Closes
04 Jul 2019
Ref
VAC16342
Contact
Candidate Services
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Flexible
Dementia Advisor

Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.

Position: Dementia Adviser
Location: Hammersmith and Fulham, London
Contract type: Full Time, Permanent
Hours: 35 per week
Salary: £24,393 actual per annum

Closing date: 04 July 2019
Interview date: 16 July 2019

About the role:

The successful candidate will provide a highly responsive, individualised information and signposting service to people with a diagnosis of dementia as the first priority for the service. You will also provide an extended information and signposting service to immediate carers, families and friends of the people who are referred to the service.

You will market the Dementia Adviser Service and develop a network of support from health and care professionals who will refer people with a diagnosis to the service at the earliest opportunity, and you will be the first point of access following referral into the Dementia Adviser Service.
Co-located with the CMHT Memory Service in Barnes and with the Richmond team from their offices in Richmond, the Dementia Adviser will be responsible for supporting all new referrals through the health pathway. The Dementia Adviser offers a point of contact for all people during the process of getting a diagnosis and also works after diagnosis assist people with dementia and their carers in identifying their needs. You will provide people with support and help to maintain their independence, improving their sense of well-being and help them to stay in control of their lives.

The Dementia Adviser will help people to access appropriate support and make contact with the right people for the help they need. You will signpost to other appropriate services and so it is important to ensure any information provided is accurate and accessible and understood by the service user. This role will require you to build relationships with a wide and diverse range of local contacts. You will work collaboratively with health and care professionals as well as the wider community. You will be confident in widely promoting the Dementia Adviser service so that people with a diagnosis get referred to us as early as possible.

You will also maintain and develop links with partner organisations who work in the field of dementia to promote the aim of empowering individuals living with dementia to make informed choices. You will be committed to working alongside volunteers and will be responsible for the management of volunteers who will support you in your role.

About you:

We are looking for individuals educated to NVQ level 3 or equivalent (or demonstrable experience) with the following skills (those marked with a * are desirable):

-Good organising and time management skills
-Experience of face-to-face service delivery
-An understanding of dementia*
-An understanding of the needs of people with dementia and their carers *
-Experience of working with statutory and voluntary agencies *
-Knowledge of relevant legislation, including the Health & Safety and the Mental Capacity Act *
-Experience of record keeping and report writing
-An understanding of the need for client confidentiality

A good standard of IT skills is a pre-requisite of the role. You will also need to be able to travel the area independently.

The successful candidate will be required to have an enhanced DBS.

Our employees work hard every day to make a true difference in people's lives. We are proud to support them with a range of benefits, recognition and many options for working agilely. All contributing to a strong work life balance. We also have various learning programmes to support you in your development and help you grow to realise your potential and shape a career with Alzheimer's Society.

Alzheimer’s Society embraces diversity, inclusion and accessibility for all of our people. We are committed to building a diverse organisation that represents the communities we serve and ensuring inclusion in everything we do.

You may have experience of the following: Dementia Adviser, Care Assistant, Caseworker, Special Needs Assistant, Social Worker, Social Care, Community Care, Helpline Coordinator, Volunteering Officer, Support Worker, Mental Health, Dementia, etc.

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