Care In Mind Coordinator
About Buckinghamshire Mind Buckinghamshire Mind Shares National Mind’s vision: “We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect. We deliver high quality community based services across the county of Buckinghamshire to reach out and ensure everyone with a mental health problem gets access to the help they need. Post Title: Care in Mind Coordinator (Young onset Dementia) Reports to: Bucks Mind Older Adult Services Team Lead Salary: £20,799 per annum pro rata Hours of Work: 22.5 hours (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday) Contract: 12-month fixed term (potential to be extended) Holidays: 25 days per annum, plus bank holidays pro rata Work Location: Chesham based with frequent travel across North & South of Buckinghamshire for course delivery. PURPOSE OF THE JOB Care in Mind supports people with young onset dementia along with their friends and carers through the delivery of 10 courses run 1 day per week over a 6-week period. The post holder will develop a range of social and physical activities and workshops, along with dementia awareness and education to support relationships with friends and carers. This will encourage positive adult relationships and maintain good mental health and wellbeing. The Coordinator will develop links with other community based provisions to encourage continuation and participation following end of course and instigate a peer support network for continued social contact to reduce isolation and loneliness. In addition, the post holder will produce monitoring reports and collate printed publicity material and information. Close liaison with other organisations / stakeholders will also be required to ensure continuation of referrals and courses are well attended and that information and publications are up to date and available. SUPERVISION, TRAINING AND SUPPORT · Supervision is provided on a monthly basis. · Buckinghamshire Mind has a system of annual appraisals. · Buckinghamshire Mind is committed to training and allocates training according to a clearly defined annual training needs analysis. RESPONSIBILITIES Day to day activities To support overall day to day running of the project To set up and facilitate activities in response to the changing needs of course participants. Facilitate activities that increase course participants physical activity at a pace they are comfortable with To support relationships with friends and carers with sensitivity for the impact of dementia on relationships. To support course participants to maintain skills for as long as possible Support good wellbeing and mental health To involve individuals in the development and delivery of the courses. To involve individuals in the development and delivery of their individual support. To maintain links and provide sign posting to other organisations as required. To be aware of Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults procedures and take action as appropriate. Use WEMWBS as a measurement tool for evaluation of course impact Request permission to make follow up phone/email contact with the individual at an agreed date to see if any of the community based support options discussed have been followed through. Where required accompany course participants to initial meeting with other community based activity provider. Liaise with guest speakers and external activity providers Monitoring Produce monthly KPI’s Reporting of project evaluation and outcome measures - referrals, signposting etc Attend meetings to discuss and share information around potential course participants. Interpersonal skills To communicate appropriately and effectively with individuals (by telephone, email and face to face), who may sometimes be in distress. Demonstrate effective teamwork to ensure quality of project provision. To recognise, challenge and be responsive to stigma and discrimination of all kinds. To represent the organisation in a professional and appropriate manner at all times. To work creatively, looking at new possibilities, bringing new ideas and respond appropriately to the needs and views of all individuals To be able to be both approachable yet maintain clear professional boundaries and carefully keep work with individuals within the job remit. Other To work within Buckinghamshire Mind’s policies and procedures including Performance Management, Confidentiality, Safeguarding, Equal Opportunities, Service User Involvement, Health and Safety and the Code of Conduct. To keep informed about other projects, events and related issues regarding Buckinghamshire Mind. To prepare for supervision and use it effectively. To keep line manager up to date and informed. To work in a flexible way to take on other responsibilities as appropriate. To attend both internal and external meetings for Buckinghamshire Mind and other organisations Willing part take in training essential to the post Willing to undertake any other tasks that are deemed essential to the role Person specification The person specification seeks to define a person most likely to be suited to the job of Care in Mind Coordinator. Candidates are required to meet all the essential Conditions listed. E = essential criteria; D = desired criteria. Reference to both Conditions and Requirements in completing your application form will help in selecting candidates for interview. Requirements General Supports the aims and work of Buckinghamshire Mind (E) Maintains strict confidentiality concerning all Buckinghamshire Mind matters (E) Back ground in early onset dementia (E) Knowledge of 5 ways to wellbeing (D) Knowledge of WEMWBS (D) Current UK driving licence (E) Planning, organising and administration Good ICT skills and administration skills, including understanding and experience of data protection issues. (E) Ability to manage own workload (E) Ability to work independently (E) Ability to demonstrate decision making and problem-solving skills. (E) Flexibility with the ability to adapt to change (E) Interpersonal and communication skills (inside and outside the organisation) A positive attitude towards people with dementia and mental health issues and people’s ability to develop and change. (E) Excellent communication skills (E) Experience and understanding of the importance of team working (E) Ability to respond appropriately to people in distress and maintain appropriate boundaries. (E) Good presentation skills (E) Mental Health and Wellbeing Good physical and mental health wellbeing with an ability to be highly active and facilitate/take part in physical activities (E) Ability to manage information and reference resources. (E) Understanding of and sensitivity to the needs of people living with dementia, mental and emotional problems. (E) Understanding and knowledge of other dementia / mental health and related services, both voluntary and statutory (D) Organisational knowledge and understanding The ability to work within Buckinghamshire Mind’s policies and procedures including Equal Opportunities, Confidentiality and Safeguarding. (E) Ability to use information to ensure people are made aware of the opportunities and services available and the range of ways they can use the Buckinghamshire Mind service and other related services. (D) If you have the drive and passion to make a difference and feel that this role would suit your skills please send a copy of your CV and supporting statement providing what skills, experience and attributes you can bring to this role. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 31st January 2018. Interviews will take place Wednesday 7th February 2018. Buckinghamshire Mind is an Equal Opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Any oﬀer made relating to this post will be subject to satisfactory references and a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.