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Dementia Palliative Care Assistant

NHS AfC: Band 3

Main area
Palliative Care
NHS AfC: Band 3
5 months (Secondment or fixed term contract until 31/03/2022)
Part time - 22.5 hours per week (to be negotiated)
Job ref
Amber Valley, Derby City, High Peak
TBC/discuss at interview
£20,330 - £21,777 pa, pro rata
Salary period
20/10/2021 23:59

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities.  DCHS is also an LGBT inclusive employer.  Selection will be on a basis of merit.  The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy.  To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

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Job overview

Exciting opportunities has arisen, are you passionate about the delivery of high quality palliative care to people living and dying with dementia?

Due to an extension of the pilot (until 31/03/2022), we require 3 x 0.6 WTE enthusiastic and passionate Dementia Palliative Care Assistants, to fulfil  an integral role within the Dementia Palliative Care Team.

The duration is until 31/03/2022  (fixed term contract or secondment).

Area of working and base to be negotiated as requiring roles within: Amber Valley, Derby City and High Peak.

You must have a current full driving licence as role will require travel across Derbyshire.

As this post may involve care home access we will need to see proof of your COVID vaccination status (double vaccinated) for successful appointment to this role.

Main duties of the job

You will work as an integral part of a small team supporting people with dementia and palliative care needs (and their carers) across Derbyshire.

The primary goal of the team is to enable improved palliative care for people living with advanced dementia, with mental and physical health needs in care homes/supported living or their own home.

The post holder will, alongside the registered clinicians, support the delivery of palliative and end of life care in an individualised and person-centred way within people’s own homes and care homes.

The team is be focussed on ensuring the person remains at home (wherever home is) and avoiding unnecessary acute care admission.

The team will also support discharges from acute hospital beds and pathway 3.

This team has developed as a collaborative resource in response to a gap in the current pathway of care for people living with advanced dementia with palliative care needs.

Training and supervision will be provided to enable individuals to develop their skill set, and integrated working within the team will support case management.

Area of working and base to be negotiated as requiring roles within: Amber Valley, Derby City and High Peak.

You must have a current full driving licence as role will require travel across Derbyshire.

Working for our organisation

The Purpose and Activities of DCHS?

Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people’s own homes and via virtual consultations.

During the pandemic response we have led the implementation of public vaccination centres in collaboration with partners across health and social care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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Under the supervision of qualified nursing staff:

· To provide palliative care and support to people living and dying with dementia in accordance with individual Dementia Palliative/EOL individualised care plans.

· To promptly report all observed changes in patient conditions, accidents, incidents and other important information to the allocated Nurse and take action as directed.

· To provide palliative care and support in such a manner that the person’s individuality, dignity and privacy are respected where this does not compromise safety.

· To deliver therapeutic care by means of supporting people/families/carers in the creation of Life Stories, Memory Books and This is Me’s.

· Communicate effectively and sensitively and use language appropriate to patient and carer/relatives condition and understanding.

· Effectively use all forms/methods of communication and be aware of and manage barriers to communication.

· To assist in the maintenance and management of the supplies and equipment and to report any problems to the appropriate team member.

· To attend and participate in any training courses and events as directed by Senior DPC Nurse/Clinical Lead.

· To participate in the Trust’s staff appraisal system and supervision network.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NVQ level 3 in care/Btec Health and Social Care or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working in a healthcare setting
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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Gemma del Toro
Job title
Clinical Lead, Nurse Specialist
Email address
Telephone number
07780 227409

If you have problems applying, contact

People Resource Team
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
Walton Hospital Peter McCarthy Suite
Whitecotes Lane
S40 3HW
07917 464054 / 01332 564856, option 1, option 1