Admiral Nurse - Band 6

Carers in Hertfordshire

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Job summary

The primary focus of the Admiral Nurse role within the Carers in Hertfordshire team is to provide specialist dementia nursing expertise and support to those affected by dementia, with a specific focus on family carers/supporters who experience difficulties. Under the supervision of a Band 7 Admiral Nurse Clinical Team Lead and alongside a team of nurses you will deliver evidence based dementia care and support improvements in the experience for families affected by dementia. This is a community based post and delivered by a combination of home visits, telephone and video calls.

As these posts are delivered in collaboration with Dementia UK, you will receive support to maintain and strengthen your clinical expertise as a specialist nurse through ongoing Professional and Practice Development. You will become part of a network of Admiral Nurses, and will have the opportunity to access relevant resources to continue to develop professionally, informed by the Admiral Nurse Competency Framework.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking to recruit an exceptional individual with a passion for, and experience of, providing relationship-centred dementia care, to join our team to provide specialist dementia support to families across Hertfordshire as a band 6 Admiral Nurse. This Admiral Nurse service, hosted by Carers in Hertfordshire in collaboration with Dementia UK, provides specialist dementia support for families and carers across the county.

The successful applicants will be NMC registered with post-registration clinical experience of working with people with dementia and their carers/supporters in different settings, along with formal knowledge of dementia acquired through clinical post-graduate training/education.

About us

Carers in Hertfordshire provides advice, information and support to unpaid carers - people looking after someone who is elderly, disabled, has a physical or mental illness or who misuses drugs or alcohol.

Ensuring Hertfordshire's carers are identified, supported and stay well, is at the heart of our work. We give carers a voice with opportunities to meet other carers. We also enable carers to share their views or experiences with those providing or planning health and social care services in Hertfordshire.

We support carers of all ages - children and adults - if they live, work or care in Hertfordshire. Our services are provided free to carers.

We also have a Care Service in Hertsmere, Three Rivers and Watford, which involves professional Care Support Workers providing individual packages of care to people with care needs through domiciliary care or Carers' Breaks.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Normal full-time working hours:

9.00am 5.30pm Monday Thursday -9.00am 4.30pm Friday

There will be occasions when the post holder will be required to work times outside of these for which time off in lieu arrangements will apply.

SALARY(NHS Band 6 salary scale)

REPORTING TO AND PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTABLE TO

Band 7 Admiral Nurse

BASE:

The organisations Headquarters is based at 119 Fore Street, Hertford,SG14 1AX, with an additional office in Borehamwood (Warwick House,2 Oaks Court, Warwick Road, WD6 1GS).

  • In the community
  • At your home.
  1. PURPOSE OF THE ROLE

The purpose of the Admiral Nurse role is to provide specialist dementia nursing expertise and support to those affected by dementia, with a specific focus on family carers/ supporters who experience difficulties within Hertfordshire. More information on the role is on the Dementia UK website:

https://www.dementiauk.org/how-we-help/admiral-nursing/

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Admiral Nurse will support, deliver and coordinate relationship-centred dementia care within Carers in Hertfordshire in order to improve the experience of 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 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

Main Duties & Responsibilities: (Under the supervision of line manager/Band 7 Nurse)

1. Clinical

1.1. Advise other professionals on the care of people with dementia and their carers/families with complex care needs, from peri-diagnosis to post bereavement support.

1.2. Provide specialist nursing assessment, using the Admiral Nurse Assessment Framework for carers/families affected by dementia (within service spec)

1.3. Support identification and management of co morbidities and frailty for people with dementia and their carers/families.

1.4. Develop and/or support, in partnership with other professionals, person-centred care plans for people with dementia including positive risk management

1.5. Deliver relationship and family-centred approaches to care, which meet the needs of people with dementia, carers/families and staff.

1.6. Provide a range of evidence based interventions and emotional support to promote mental/physical health and wellbeing for people with dementia and their carers/families.

1.7. Support people with dementia, carers/families and staff to understand and respond to changes in behaviour and relationships as a result of dementia

1.8. Ensure the safeguarding of vulnerable adults and that all legal requirements relating to Mental Capacity Act 2005, Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007), and Liberty Protection Safeguards (2020) are considered and adhered to in relation to patient care

1.9. Act as an advocate for people with dementia and their carers/families to promote their rights and best interest

1.10. Participate in case conferences and best interest meetings when required

1.11. Work collaboratively with health, social and voluntary sector services to achieve coordinated care

1.12. Manage care transitions and support people with dementia and their carers/families in order to reduce frequency of admissions and length of stay

1.13. Ensure that care is delivered in accordance with relevant local and national guidelines and all relevant Carers in Hertfordshire policies

1.14. Recognise the limits of own competency and professional boundaries and make appropriate and timely referrals to other services where required

1.15. Ensure that clinical records are up to date and maintained and stored appropriately in line with local and national guidance

2. Education & Support

2.1. Support innovative dementia training and education to staff within Carers in Hertfordshire at all levels, to improve staff attitudes, knowledge, skills and confidence, in line with best practice and guidance

2.2. Participate in and/or support formal training events promoting best practice in dementia care and disseminating Admiral Nursing work

2.3. Provide advice on the delivery of evidence based best practice in dementia care

2.4. Act as a clinical role model to others, including student nurses, and mentoring other staff as required

2.5. Support the development and delivery of work streams as part of the host organisations Dementia Strategy

2.6. Work in partnership with colleagues to provide support and information to families, including advance care planning, best interest decisions and end of life care

2.7. Work with key local and national stakeholders to develop more integrated care pathways and holistic models of care, through dissemination of specialist skills and knowledge

3. Evaluation and Audit

3.1. Support the audit and evaluation of quality improvements and initiatives aimed at improving the delivery of dementia care within Carers in Hertfordshire

3.2. Actively participate in the collection of Collect quantitative and qualitative data to support the evaluation and audit of the Admiral Nurse Service

3.3. Maintain clinical records using the chosen data recording system and provide verbal and written feedback appropriately and as required

3.4. Ensure recorded information and data recorded is relevant, accurate, and complete and captured in a timely manner

3.5. Be fully aware of and comply with the Data Protection Act (1998) and Caldicott principles in relation to protecting the confidentiality of patient and service-user information and enabling appropriate information-sharing

4. Professional

4.1. Ensure all nursing practice is carried out in accordance with the agreed policies and procedures of Carers in Hertfordshire and the NMC Code

4.2. To 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

4.3. To develop own competence through use of the Admiral Nurse Competency Framework, portfolio development using resources provided by Dementia UK

4.4. To maintain professional registration in line with NMC guidance, including re-validation

4.5. Contribute to the development of policies, procedures and protocols relevant to dementia and Admiral Nursing within Carers in Hertfordshire

4.6. Ensure compliance with Trust clinical governance requirements

4.7. Participate in clinical supervision / mentoring within Carers in Hertfordshire where required

4.8. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of evidence-based recommendations on supporting people with dementia and their carers/families

4.9. Be aware of current research related to dementia treatments/interventions and support people with dementia/carers/families to get involved in research where appropriate

4.10. Maintain a positive working relationships with Dementia UK

Professional Conduct

The post holder must comply with their appropriate professional body and code of conduct e.g. NMC Code: Professional Standards of Practice and Behavior for Nurses and Midwives.

Responsibility for data quality

All Admiral Nurses that record information have a responsibility to ensure that the data is relevant, accurate, and complete and captured in a timely manner so that it is fit for purpose. Staff must follow the agreed Carers In Hertfordshire policies and procedures. A data subject e.g. an employee/patient, has a right to expect this under the Data Protection Acts fourth principle - Personal data shall be accurate and where necessary kept up to date

Safeguarding

All Admiral Nurses have a responsibility to themselves, patients, service users and other staff in ensuring the effective Safeguarding of Children and Adults. Admiral Nurses must follow the agreed local policies and procedures in both these domains

EQUALITIES

Carers in Hertfordshire is committed to openness and equality of opportunity in every activity, from the way we employ staff to the way we deliver services. It is a central responsibility of members, volunteers and employees of the charity to ensure that every individual that we come into contact with is treated with dignity and respect. A copy of the full Equal Opportunities Policy will be given to all staff and volunteers at induction.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

The post holder is expected while at work, to take reasonable care for the Health and Safety of themselves and other colleagues who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • 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

Desirable

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

Experience

Essential

  • Post-registration clinical experience of working with people with dementia and their carers/supporters in different settings, including community
  • 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

Desirable

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

Skills & Knowledge

Essential

  • Demonstrate all the 6 Admiral Nurse competencies:
  • Person-centred care
  • Therapeutic skills
  • Triadic relationship centred working
  • Sharing knowledge
  • Delivering best practice
  • Critical reflective practice
  • Effective role-modelling
  • Collaborative and multi-agency working
  • Act as a decision maker and advocate
  • Ability to use Information Technology to improve the delivery of care
  • Good organisational skills
  • Evidence of continued professional development

Desirable

  • Knowledge of research methods and methodologies.
  • Understanding of competency frameworks
  • Experience of supporting systematic practice development/ quality improvement
  • Understand sources of research and critically apply them within practice
  • Knowledge of relevant policies/national strategy e.g. MCA/DoLS/ACP/NICE guideline/Care Act

Aptitudes & Attributes

Essential

  • Good communication skills
  • Flexibility and creativity
  • Ability to operate effectively with a constantly developing relationship with key stakeholders and associated agencies
  • Ability to work in groups/one to one
  • Ability to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy
  • Ability to treat families affected by dementia with respect and dignity, adopting a culturally sensitive approach that considers the needs of the whole person
  • Positive mental attitude and a willingness to discuss and negotiate issues and ideas with the appropriate team / individual
  • Ability to learn through practice
  • Demonstrates a commitment to quality of care
  • Demonstrates integrity, compassion and a caring nature

Other Criteria

Essential

  • A full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 and a reasonable adjustment can be made)
  • Flexible approach to meet the needs of the service

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Carers in Hertfordshire

Address

The Red House

119 Fore Street

Hertford

Hertfordshire

SG14 1AX


Employer's website

https://www.carersinherts.org.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

For help with your application, contact:

Hayley Cooper

Hayley.cooper@carersinherts.org.uk

01992586969

Date posted

15 November 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 6

Salary

Negotiable

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working, Home or remote working

Reference number

B0465-21-2085

Job locations

The Red House

119 Fore Street

Hertford

Hertfordshire

SG14 1AX


Warwick Road

Borehamwood

Hertfordshire

WD6 1GS


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