Job Description

£22125 - £23472/annum

Dementia Adviser - FTC 6 Months

Hours:                        35 per week. 10am – 6pm, Monday to Friday. 

Office Location:        Hull Royal Infirmary, Anlaby Road, Hull.

Area role covers:      Hull and surrounding area.

Contract:                    6 Months Fixed Term Contract.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

We have a fantastic new opportunity for a compassionate and engaging individual to provide person centred support to people diagnosed with dementia and find themselves admitted to hospital. The successful person will be based at Hull Royal Infirmary, and working as part of our expert community team, you will offer advice, guidance and support to patients and their families. This integral service will directly target the health inequalities that people with dementia face, with research showing that not only do people with dementia on average spend longer in hospital (on average four times longer than those without dementia following a fall) but acute patients with dementia have a high risk of adverse outcomes due to the impact of hospitalisation. Our role is working in collaboration with other VCSE organisations to provide a coordinated hospital discharge service in partnership with health and social care.

Dementia can make hospital discharge more complex. This service, staffed by a new dementia adviser role will support people with dementia and their carers on admission to hospital, during their stay, and on discharge. This role would be ideal for someone who would be passionate about helping people with dementia, and their families, to cope with a difficult time in their lives. You will need empathy, patience, and resilience to support people effectively in a dynamic hospital setting. This is an engaging and rewarding role, where you can make a real and lasting difference. 

You will offer;

Help to people with dementia, and their families, to understand their condition.
Support people with dementia to identify and communicate what is important to them.
Provide information about dementia support options and coping strategies.
Advocate for the person whilst on admission, providing an additional channel for the family to connect with the hospital and their loved one.
Work closely with hospital and community-based services to make onward referrals.
Maintain records on the hospital data system and create case studies.
Travel independently to provide follow up advice to people in their own homes.
You will posses;

Compassion and understanding of the needs of people affected by dementia.
Ability to work inclusively with people affected by dementia and their families.
Clear communication skills, adapting your approach to ensure understanding at all levels.
Networking and influencing skills, within a multidisciplinary team.
Determination to deliver effective person-centred support.
Good IT skills and experience of working with data systems. 
Please note - car parking will be paid, as independent transport will be required to commute between Hull Royal Information and Castle Hill hospitals and also to other locations to visit service users.  

About Alzheimer's Society

At Alzheimer's Society, we believe passionately that life doesn't end when dementia begins. We are here for anyone affected by dementia, and we do everything we can to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most.
Everything we do is shaped by people affected by dementia. Their knowledge and experience are critical to bringing about real-world solutions. From choosing the most promising research through to telling their stories to raise awareness; they are the heart of this organisation.
Our Values
We are Determined to make a difference when and where it matters most, by being passionate, focussed and making a lasting impact for people affected by dementia.
Every one of us is a Trusted expert, listening, learning and using evidence and experience. We are Better together by being open, combining our strengths, helping us to achieve more together. We are Compassionate, we are kind and honest, and we don’t shy away from challenges.

Through our values we will make the greatest difference for people affected by dementia.

Equal Opportunities
We want everyone we work with, as a colleague, volunteer, supporter, or someone we support, to feel included and that they belong at Alzheimer's Society.

We are committed to building a diverse organisation that represents the communities we serve and ensuring inclusion in everything we do. During your recruitment process we want to make sure that you bring your whole self and be at your best