Admiral Nurse Band 6

South Tyneside Health Collaboration


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Job summary

For the Band 6 Admiral Nurse post we are looking for a Registered Nurse (adult/mental health/learning disability) with a passion for, and demonstrable track record of, providing person-centred and relationship-centred dementia care with a sense of advocacy and equalities for this client group. The post holder will need to have the ability to work in a variety of settings, across South Tyneside combining direct work with families with supporting the best practice of health and social care professionals to improve the experience and quality of life of people and families affected by dementia. Dementia UK will support you to maintain and strengthen your clinical and leadership expertise as a specialist Admiral Nurse through regular clinical supervision and practice and professional development opportunities. You’ll become a welcome part of a network of Admiral Nurses and will have the opportunity to access relevant post-graduate training and develop professionally, informed by the Admiral Nurse Competency Framework.

Main duties of the job

The Admiral Nurse will support, deliver and coordinate relationship-centred dementia care within the operational areas of South Tyneside Health Collaboration, in order to improve the experience of individuals / carers/families affected by dementia with complex needs. In line with the Admiral Nurse Competency framework at a specialist level, the post holder will provide: • Specialist bio-psychosocial assessment and support for people with dementia and families with complex needs • Facilitation of education and training for staff in the delivery of evidence-based dementia care • Support with policy development and quality improvements in relation to dementia care • Consultancy to other health and social care professionals regarding dementia

About us

South Tyneside Health Collaboration provides services to improve the health and wellbeing of patients across South Tyneside. This includes supporting the three Primary Care Networks across 21 practices and a range of other patient-centred services, working closely with healthcare providers to deliver the best possible care. South Tyneside Health Collaboration (STHC) is working with Dementia UK and South Tyneside CCG in order to develop an integrated Dementia Wellbeing Pathway to ensure consistent and increasing levels of expertise are available, affording ‘wrap-around’ support for people living with dementia and their families to maintain and enhance people’s quality of life. This initiative has enabled recruitment of an admiral nurse team to support our aim.

Job description

Job responsibilities

CLINICAL ROLE: • Deliver regular clinical 1:1 sessions for families affected by dementia who meet the referral criteria within designated areas/ practices • Advise on the care of people with dementia and their carers/families with complex care needs from peri diagnosis to post bereavement support, to support reduced reliance on GP appointments • Provide specialist nursing assessment, using the Admiral Nurse Assessment Framework for individuals/carers/families affected by dementia, including positive risk taking, managing distressed behaviours and risk minimisation strategies • Provide a range of bio-psychosocial interventions to promote health and wellbeing for people with dementia and their carers/families • Work collaboratively with other professionals to improve the identification and management of co morbidities and frailty for people with dementia and their carers/families • Develop and support care plans for people with dementia and families including positive risk management • Support people with dementia, carers/families and staff to understand and respond to changes in behaviour and relationships as a result of dementia • Provide care coordination for a clinical caseload of families with complex needs as identified within triage assessment in clinics or via home visit if required • Ensure the safeguarding of vulnerable adults and that all legal requirements relating to Mental Capacity Act 2005, Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007), and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (2009) are considered and adhered to in relation to patient care • Act as an advocate for people with dementia and their carers/families to promote their rights and best interests • Participate in case conferences and best interest meetings where required • Work collaboratively with health, social and voluntary sector services to achieve coordinated care • Work in partnership with colleagues to promote the use of advance care planning for people with dementia and to support and inform families, around advance care planning, best interest decisions and end of life care • Manage complex care transitions and support people with dementia and their carers/families to reduce the frequency of crisis situations • Liaise with secondary care if there is deterioration in condition/a review of medication including antipsychotics is required or any other concerns regarding a person’s health that cannot be managed in primary care, in line with their dementia expertise • Support and advise on carer assessments and reviews working with locally commissioned carers services • Ensure that care is delivered in accordance with relevant local and national guidelines and all relevant South Tyneside Health Collaboration policies • Recognise the limits of own competency and professional boundaries and make appropriate and timely referrals to other services where required • Ensure that clinical records are up to date and maintained and stored appropriately in line with local and national GDPR regulations PROFESSIONAL ROLE: • Ensure all nursing practice is carried out in accordance with the agreed policies and procedures of South Tyneside Health Collaboration and the NMC Code • Attend and actively participate in practice development, clinical supervision, and continuing professional development, including the Admiral Nurse Competency module and the Admiral Nurse Forum, as supported by Dementia UK • Develop own competence through use of the Admiral Nurse Competency Framework and portfolio development using resources provided by Dementia UK • Maintain professional registration in line with NMC guidance, including re-validation • Contribute to the development of policies, procedures and protocols relevant to dementia and Admiral Nursing within South Tyneside Health Collaboration including the Standard Operational Policy • Ensure compliance with South Tyneside Health Collaboration clinical governance requirements • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of evidence-based recommendations on supporting people with dementia and their carers/families • Agree a rotational working week to support families and GPs in the identified geographical areas • Maintain positive working relationships with Dementia UK

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (RNM/RNMH/RGN/RNLD)
  • Post-graduate training/ education in dementia/older people
  • Willingness to complete Dementia UKs Pre Admiral Nursing e-learning course prior to starting in post
  • Willingness to work towards continued professional and practice development through Dementia UKs Admiral Nurse Academy, including the level 6 or 7 Admiral Nurse Competency Framework Module.


  • Additional nursing qualification
  • Degree level qualification in dementia / older peoples care
  • Mentorship Qualification
  • Relevant teaching qualification



  • Post-registration clinical experience of working with people with dementia and their carers/supporters
  • Experience of completing holistic nursing assessments
  • Experience of providing bio-psychosocial interventions
  • Experience of facilitating and delivering training
  • Experience of working as an autonomous practitioner


  • Experience of managing care across care transitions
  • Experience of working with patients/ clients to develop practice
  • Experience of recent involvement in practice/ service development
  • Experience of audit/ evaluating clinical practice

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside Health Collaboration


Stanhope Parade Health Centre

Gordon Street

South Shields

NE33 4JP

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For help with your application, contact:

Beth Goss-Hill


Date posted

16 December 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 6


£32,306 to £34,172 a year


Fixed term


3 years

Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Stanhope Parade Health Centre

Gordon Street

South Shields

NE33 4JP

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