Support Worker

10 Sep 2018
26 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Support Worker

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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 Support Worker
Location: Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Contract type: Part time, Permanent
Hours: 21 per week
Salary: GBP12,207 actual per annum

Closing date: 5pm on Wednesday 26 September.
Interview date: Tuesday 16 October

About the role:

The Alzheimer's Society Dementia Support service provides a highly responsive and individualised information, signposting and referral service to people with a diagnosis of dementia and those that care for them.

The Dementia Support Worker offers a first point of contact for all people during the process of getting a diagnosis and also working after diagnosis to assist people with dementia and their carers' in identifying their needs. The Dementia Support Worker provides people with support and help to maintain their independence, improve their sense of well-being and help them to stay in control of their lives.

The Dementia Support Worker will help people to access appropriate support and make contact with the right people for the help they need. You will be signposting to other appropriate services so it is essential that any information provided is accurate, accessible and understood by the service user.

The role requires you to contribute to the development and maintenance of a database of local knowledge and information ensuring continual improvement of the service and the growth in organisational knowledge.

Within this role it is essential that you build relationships with a wide and diverse range of local contacts including, but not limited to, GPs, mental health services, carers support services, Admiral Nurses and other community based organisations. Dementia Support Workers have the opportunity to provide support and guidance to connect the person with dementia and their family/carer to community support and to work towards the integration of primary, secondary and community care services.

Supporting early intervention and management in primary care, the Dementia Support Worker will connect directly with initiatives to reduce hospital admissions and maintain personal well-being and independence for as long as possible.

We are committed to maintaining our extensive and valuable volunteer base in North East Lincolnshire and this role expects that the successful applicant will work closely alongside a range of volunteers.

About you:

We are looking for a highly proactive individual who is motivated and passionate and who possesses NVQ level 3 (or equivalent) in a health and/or social care related subject. You must have an excellent understanding of dementia and the needs of those affected by it whilst ensuring empathy and respect are maintained at all times for people affected by dementia.

Your ability to provide person centred assessment of need along with a clear understanding of the need for client confidentiality is essential to providing this valuable and worthwhile service. To be successful in this role you will have excellent non-judgmental communication skills as well as strong organisational and time management skills in order to manage your caseload of clients effectively. You will be able to identify and overcome barriers to accessing services.

This role requires you to be extremely comfortable connecting with others and talking to a wide range of stakeholders. Because a high visibility and community presence is required, it is expected that you will have experience of, and be comfortable, working in a community setting. You will recognise that you can't do it all yourself and that collaborating with our partner agencies is essential in meeting the needs of people affected by dementia.

You will have knowledge of working alongside volunteers and have an understanding of the valuable contribution volunteers bring to services whilst championing their inclusion in all that we deliver.

You will have a good understanding of the importance of data protection.

This role involves regular use of IT packages; therefore a good standard of IT would be desirable.

Due to the nature of this role you will be expected to travel independently around the area and occasionally provide cover and support to your colleagues in North Lincolnshire.

You will be asked to apply for an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Scheme) check.

Are you someone who can work well as part of a multi-disciplinary team and are passionate about improving the lives of people affected by dementia? Then take the first step and apply today.

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: Support Worker, Social Care, Dementia Support Worker, Social Worker, Community Care, Care Assistant, Support Assistant, Healthcare Assistant, Care Worker, Mental Health, Dementia, etc