Are you a creative and motivated individual with the passion and drive to support people with a recent diagnosis of dementia to live well in their community? 

If so, you can be part of a National Team of Post Diagnostic Support Link Workers (PDS Link Workers) providing high-quality, person-centred support to people living with dementia and their families for a minimum of a year following diagnosis in line the Scottish Government’s minimum guarantee. 

The aim of the PDS National Service is to enable people to live well with dementia and is centred around Alzheimer Scotland's 5 pillar model so that people move on to a period of supported self- management. 

The model includes understanding the illness and coming to terms with the diagnosis, peer support, connecting and maintaining links with their community along with planning for future care and decision making to develop an outcome focused plan to support their future hopes, desires and aspirations. 

Supporting our Perth locality, the post will be based within the North Perthshire Community Mental Health Team. Alzheimer Scotland’s PDS Link Workers are required to be effective team workers and have the skills to build and maintain relationships with colleagues both within Alzheimer Scotland, the NHS and other stakeholders. 

Skills in using digital platforms are essential as we use a blended approach to support people that involve some virtual meetings and online groups.

Applicants must hold a recognised relevant professional qualification, have a good understanding of dementia and how it affects people and their families along with excellent communication skills, a warm flexible approach, combined with skills in empathy and relationship building. 

In addition, you should have skills and knowledge at the Enhanced Level of the Promoting Excellence Framework or be able to evidence you are working towards its completion. 

This post requires a full driving license and access to a car. 

For a full job description and person specification please see the link below. 

The successful candidate for this post will be subject to a criminal check through Disclosure Scotland. 

Interview Date: 10 May 2024 

Interview Location: Alzheimer Scotland, 7 George Street, Perth PH1 5JY 

Should suitable applicants apply, the closing date of this vacancy may be brought forward and applicants interviewed early.