Age UK Oxfordshire
The closing date is 29 January 2023
In collaboration with Dementia UK, Age UK Oxfordshire are looking to recruit a registered nurse (RN, RNMH, RNLD) with a passion for, and experience of, providing relationship-centred dementia care with a strong sense of advocacy and equalities for this client group.
The Admiral Nurse will launch this new role within the existing Dementia Oxfordshire service, currently provided by Age UK Oxfordshire. You will need to balance a clinic model service and best practice support, alongside setting-up, developing and evaluating the new service. You will also influence and lead on the delivery of work streams that improve the experience of care for people living with dementia (including young onset dementia), and their families from pre-diagnosis to post-bereavement in particular education about dementia for other health professionals.
You will be employed by Age UK Oxfordshire and based within the Dementia Oxfordshire Service. You will receive ongoing support from Dementia UK to maintain and strengthen your clinical expertise as a specialist nurse within dementia care. You will become part of the wider network of Admiral Nurses and will have the opportunity to access relevant post graduate courses and develop professionally, as informed by the Admiral Nurse Competency Framework.
Main duties of the job
Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who work with and support people with dementia and their families who have complex needs. As an Admiral Nurse you will provide specialist one-to-one support, guidance, and practical solutions for families within a clinic model, alongside supporting best practice and specialist support to colleagues in Dementia Oxfordshire.
As an employee you will receive the following;
- £22.89 - £24.07 per hour
- Health care cash plan. Includes cover for dependents under the age of 24.
- Flexible working (home and office working available, part time and school hours considered)
- Free on-site parking
- Pension scheme
- 25 days holiday, plus Bank Holidays. Increasing to 30 days after 5 years continuious service
- Charity paid cash health plan
- Cycle to work scheme
- Charity sick pay
Dementia Oxfordshire is the DSS (Dementia Support Service) for Oxfordshire, jointly funded by OCC (Oxford County Council) and the BOB (Buckinghamshire Berkshire and Oxford West) ICB (Integrated Care Board) and commissioned by OCC. The contract is held by AUKO (Age UK Oxfordshire) and delivered in partnership with DUK (Dementia UK)
Dementia Oxfordshire is described as a service delivered by Age UK Oxfordshire. Where this JD refers to Dementia Oxfordshire it is referring to the service and when it refers to AUKO it is referring to the wider organisation.
Summary of Responsibilities:
The Admiral Nurse will guide and support the delivery of relationship-centred dementia care to improve the experience of carers/families affected by dementia with complex needs who are accessing Dementia Oxfordshire services. Support will be provided via a clinics model which will offer both one off and repeat appointments for both Dementia Advisers and families in their care.
The Admiral Nurse Clinic will be available for anyone within the defined area, who has been referred by a Dementia Adviser and meets the service criteria. The post holder will also work within the agreed setting/ location to provide specialist advice and support as appropriate.
The Admiral Nurse will also be responsible for developing and delivering an educational offer focused on Health and other professionals, complementing Dementia Oxfordshires wider education offer, nominally splitting their time 60% clinic model 40% educational offer
The post holder will:
Provide consultancy, support and guidance to families living with Dementia
Provide consultancy, support and guidance to Dementia Oxfordshire DAs (Dementia Advisers) and YODAs (Young Onset Dementia Advisers)
Work collaboratively with partners across health and social care, both statutory and voluntary sector when appropriate to support best practice in dementia care, offering education sessions on Dementia as opportunities present
Promote the use of the implementation of evidence-based dementia care and provide leadership in improving the experience of carers/families affected by dementia
Where appropriate, contribute to and support the delivery of key quality and performance indicators and evidence impact relating to the experience of families
Apply the Admiral Nurse Competency framework at a specialist, enhanced or advanced level including person-centred care, therapeutic skills, and triadic relationships, sharing knowledge, best practice and critical reflective practice
Main Duties & Responsibilities:
Implement and support the development of the Admiral Nurse Service within Dementia Oxfordshire and the wider Age UK Oxfordshire organisation
Provide specialist nursing support to people with dementia, their families and carers using, using the principles of Admiral Nurse Assessment Framework for carers/families.
Identify complexities of dementia using advanced communication, negotiation and diplomacy skills
Provide clinical leadership to Dementia Advisers and Young Onset Dementia Advisers on the care of people with dementia and their carers/families with complex care needs from peri-diagnosis to post bereavement support
Advise family carers and other health care professionals on the care of people with dementia with complex care needs
Contribute to the development of person-centred care plans for families who are caring for a person with dementia where appropriate
Work in a way that promotes relationship and family-centred approaches to care, which meet the physical and mental health needs of people with dementia, carers/families
Provide a range of advice on psychosocial interventions and emotional support to promote health and wellbeing for people with dementia and their carers/families
Support people with dementia, carers/families and staff and other health and social care professionals to understand and respond to changes in behaviour and relationships
Work in partnership with colleagues to provide support and information to families, including advance care planning, best interest decisions and end of life care
Provide guidance relating to mental capacity, safeguarding and mental health are considered and adhered to in relation to patient care.
Education and Leadership
Provide clinical leadership support and guidance to others on the delivery of evidence-based practice in dementia care within Dementia Oxfordshire
Advise and support on the development and delivery of work streams as part the service dementia strategy, where appropriate
Facilitate and support the development and delivery of innovative dementia training and education to staff, to improve competence and confidence, in line with best practice and guidance
Work proactively with key local and national stakeholders to develop integrated care pathways and holistic models of care, through dissemination of specialist skills and knowledge where appropriate
Provide advice and support on complex care transitions for people with dementia and their carers/families to reduce the frequency of crisis situations (including people with young onset dementia)
Ensure that the care delivered is in accordance with relevant local and national guidelines and all relevant Age UK Oxfordshire policies.
Recognise the limits of own competency and the professional boundaries of this Clinic model post
Where Safeguarding concerns are present, the post holder will take appropriate and timely actions in line with Age UK Oxfordshire policies and procedures which may include referrals to other services
Ensure that clinical records are up to date and maintained and stored appropriately in line with local and national guidance
Evaluation and Audit
Collect and review quantitative and qualitative data to evaluate and audit the Admiral Nurse Service within Dementia Oxfordshire
Interpret and use data to make innovative recommendations for service improvement and development
Maintain clinical records using chosen data recording system and provide verbal and written feedback appropriately and as required
Support evaluation of workforce development in dementia to improve staff knowledge and skills across Age UK Oxfordshire
Ensure own data is recorded, relevant, accurate, and complete and captured in a timely manner
Liaise with Dementia UK Insights and Evaluation team where appropriate, to ensure that the impact and effectiveness of Admiral Nurse interventions are well evaluated
Be fully aware of and comply with all relevant data protection legislation including the UK GDPR, Data Protection Act (1998) and Caldicott Principles in relation to protecting the confidentiality of patient and service-user information and enabling appropriate information sharing
Ensure all nursing practice is carried out in accordance with the agreed policies and procedures of Age UK Oxfordshire and the NMC Code 2015.
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 and the Admiral Nurse Academy
To develop own competence through use of the Admiral Nurse Competency Framework using resources provided by Dementia UK and the Admiral Nurse Academy
To maintain professional registration in line with NMC guidance, including revalidation
Contribute to and lead the development of policies, procedures and protocols relevant to dementia and Admiral Nursing within Age UK Oxfordshire, including the Standard Operational Policy
Ensure compliance with Age UK Oxfordshire clinical governance requirements, including all mandatory training
Participate in clinical supervision/mentoring/appraisals when required.
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of evidence-based recommendations on supporting people with dementia and their carers/families
Be aware of current research related to dementia treatments/interventions and support people with dementia/carers/families to get involved in research where appropriate
Managerial and Administrative role
To ensure the recording and investigation of all accidents, complaints, untoward incidents and losses in accordance with Age UK Oxfordshire policy
Identify and record risks to the Admiral Nurse service, escalating appropriately
Participate in recruitment of other healthcare professionals where appropriate
Participate in Advisory groups developing the Dementia Oxfordshire service and the Admiral Nurse role within that service at Age UK Oxfordshire
Lead, manage and develop the Admiral Nurse component of the Dementia Oxfordshire service, continuously seeking improvement opportunities in collaboration with the Advisory Group
The post hold is expected to
Work in accordance with Age UK Oxfordshire policies and procedures.
Take a pro-active approach to personal learning and development.
Attend team meetings, Age UK Oxfordshire staff meetings and other line management and training activities as appropriate.
To promote positive attitudes in the local community by raising awareness of dementia
Please note that this job description serves to provide an illustrative example of the duties and responsibilities the post holder will undertake during the course of their normal duties. It is not therefore an exhaustive list and the post holder may be required to undertake other responsibilities and duties that correspond with the band.
Skills and Knowledge
Aptitudes and Attributes
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).