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: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Contract type: Full Time, Permanent
Hours: 35 per week
Salary: £21,362 actual per annum
Closing date: 27 June 2019
Interview date: TBC
About the role:
Alzheimer’s Society secured funding to deliver one to one dementia support in Hertfordshire from 1st March 2017, as part of Hertfordshire County Council’s new community dementia support services. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the service delivery model for one to one dementia support working with people who have recently had a diagnosis of dementia through to end of life.
1:1 Dementia Support is delivered across Hertfordshire in partnership with Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and Hertfordshire County Council’s Health and Community Services. It provides a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary approach to early memory assessment for suspected dementia and short-term Post Diagnostic Support, for the service user and their carers following a new diagnosis of dementia. At the end of the NHS pathway, service users will continue to be supported by the Alzheimers Society team throughout the rest of their dementia journey when needed.
You will provide support, information and guidance to people with dementia and their carers helping to maintain their independence, improving their sense of well-being, and putting them in more control of their lives. Information and support may be by phone, email, letter, or face to face, at the service user’s home or other appropriate location.
Travel is required within North West and South West Herts for this role; therefore applicants should be able to travel independently. The role will also require the successful candidate to work in the Welwyn Garden City office for 2 days per week to work alongside the Dementia Advisers that provide telephone support.
We are looking for individuals educated to NVQ level 3 or equivalent (or demonstrable experience) with the following skills:
- Good organising and time management skills
- Good communication skills
- 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
Those marked with a * are desirable.
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 is committed to equal opportunities.
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.