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DIST Practitioner Full Time

at Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust London in London (Published at 21-02-2021)

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability, wellbeing and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.
At any one time, around 23,000 people in Norfolk and Suffolk are receiving care and attention from the Trust. We believe in whole life care - seeing people in the context of their whole lives, understanding the importance of good physical health, friends, family, spirituality, culture, home, work, education and a sense of purpose and achievement to experience good mental health.
Nearly 3,200 full and part-time practitioners care for our service users in hospitals, in the community and in their own homes, whilst an additional 900+ staff provide non-clinical support, including cleaning, delivering supplies, ward administration, information technology, human resources and financial services.

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and want to reflect the diversity of our local communities within our teams. We welcome applications from all talented individuals with the relevant qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we?d love you to join us!

We will consider flexible working arrangements for our roles, please indicate in your application if this is something you require


Please read the job description/person specification carefully and ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience needed.


It is important that you complete a formal application form as CV?s alone will not be accepted.

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Job overview

Dementia Intensive Support Team - West Suffolk

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the West Suffolk Dementia Intensive Support Team. You will be joining a motivated and passionate multi-disciplinary team working to achieve positive outcomes for service users and their carers. You will be joining the team as it pilots 7 day working.

The team is community based and works in individuals homes to prevent breakdown of care and support, to promote independence and stabilise situations preventing admissions to hospital and premature moves into long term care. You will be holding a caseload and taking on the care coordinator role.

If you have the same passion to work with this client group, can demonstrate strong communication skills and have experience in liaising and coordinating with multiple professionals then we would love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

Working with other multi-disciplinary professionals within the team you will:

Manage and hold a caseload and act as care coordinator for service users you are seeing

Undertake initial assessments, manage risks, be positive in risk taking

Engage and work with clients with dementia and their carers

Liaise with statutory and voluntary Sector to get care and support in place as required

Support introduction of care and monitor situations

Working for our organisation

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million.

The Dementia Intensive Support Team is a part of the West Suffolk Care Group, working within the community to meet the needs of people with Dementia and their carers.


Benefits included with this role are:

  • NHS pension

  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes

  • career progression

  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)

  • staff physio service

  • gym membership

  • NHS discounts and many more.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The successful candidate will be a part of a multi-disciplinary team working in the community. They will be managing their own caseload and taking on the care coordinator role.

They will be undertaking initial assessments, demonstrating strong communication skills and an ability to engage with clients and their carers often in difficult circumstances.

They will be contibuting to multi-disciplinary team meetings and liaising and working with other agencies in the statutory and voluntary sectors to establish packages of care to meet the service users and carers needs moving forwards.

They will be assessing risk on an ongoing basis but be open to positive risk taking with this client group.

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Degree in nursing, social work or OT

Desirable criteria

  • Additional qualifications post degree


Essential criteria

  • Experience working in the community

Desirable criteria

  • Experience working with dementia in the community

Apart from its legal duties in relation to equality and diversity, the Trust recognises and actively promotes the benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Additionally, people with disabilities that fall under the Two Ticks - Guaranteed Interview Scheme will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post (outlined in the Person Specification).


FOR POSTS WITH DIRECT SERVICE USER CONTACT - Please be advised that due to recent changes in the DBS Service, organisations no longer receive copies of DBS Disclosures ? these are sent directly to candidates only. Therefore, it will be your responsibility, if successful, to ensure that this is taken to the appointing officer as soon as you receive it.

Alternatively, if you have subscribed to the update service, we will be able to check your status once we have your authority to do so.

The Trust has now introduced a DBS Update Service which is a contractual requirement. You need to subscribe when you have applied for your DBS clearance and there is a time limit to subscribe of 19 days after receipt of your DBS disclosure. Please ensure that this is completed within the set time scale.

This update service is an annual subscription at a cost of £13 to you. This will enable the Trust to have instant online access to your DBS record, with your consent, and so will remove the need for you to have to apply for this repeat check again.

Applicant requirements

  • You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

  • This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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