Lead Admiral Nurse

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

The closing date is 05 July 2022

Job summary

It is estimated that there are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, forecast to rise to 1 million by 2025 and 2 million by 2051 (Prince et al. 2014). In addition, there are currently approximately 700,000 family and friends acting as primary unpaid carers to a person with dementia (Lewis et al. 2014). Due to the increasing numbers of people with dementia in hospital, the variation in symptoms, and the impact of comorbid conditions, providing consistent good quality support to people with dementia and their families in acute hospitals is complex (NICE 2018).

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who work with and support people with dementia and their families. They provide specialist nursing assessment, and deliver interventions for people with dementia and their families affected by dementia from peri-diagnosis to post bereavement.

In an exciting new development, Gateshead Health Foundation NHS Trust have partnered with Dementia UK to develop a new Admiral Nurse service to enable patients to live well with Dementia within the community.

We are looking to recruit an extraordinary, registered nurse with a passion for, and experience of, providing relationship-centred dementia care to be join our new team as Band 7 Lead Admiral Nurse. As the Band 7 lead Admiral Nurse you will work Trust Wide to influence, deliver, and coordinate relationship-centred dementia care in the community, and across care transitions

Main duties of the job

The Lead Admiral Nurse will lead, deliver and coordinate relationship-centred dementia care within operational areas of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, in order to improve the experience of carers/families affected by dementia with complex needs.

They will provide positive clinical leadership, expertise and specialist clinical advice and support to clinical staff on the management and care of patients with dementia, and their carers. Empowering teams to deliver high quality dementia care whilst providing consultancy to colleagues, other health and social care professionals and services.

They will be key in the development and provision of a trustwide Admiral Nurse Service to people with dementia with complex needs and their carers involving holistic assessment and planning, working autonomously, flexibly and collaboratively across clinical and non-clinical areas Trust wide.

About us

This is an extremely exciting opportunity for the right candidate. The Admiral Nurse Service will be a brand-new service, with new team members and a new model of care. You will play vital part in leading, influencing, and developing a new service to meet the needs of the Trust, our teams, our patients and their relatives.

You will be employed by Gateshead Health Foundation NHS Trust and will receive ongoing support from Dementia UK to maintain and strengthen your clinical expertise as a specialist nurse within dementia care. You will also 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.

The successful applicant will be an NMC registered (adult/mental health/learning disability) nurse, with significant post-registration clinical experience of working with people with dementia and supporting their carers and families in different settings, along with formal knowledge of dementia acquired through post-graduate training or education. Previous leadership and management experience is desirable.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Provide clinical leadership on evidence-based approaches to care, which meet the needs of people with dementia, carers/families and staff.

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

Provide a range of bio-psychosocial interventions to promote health and wellbeing for people with dementia and their carers/families.

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

Professionally responsible and accountable to the Community Business Manager and Business Unit Clinical Lead.

Actively participate in service improvement and works collaboratively and in partnership with internal and external teams and key stake holders across acute and community including Mental Health Services, Business Units, Service Managers, Matrons, Families/ carers affected by dementia, Clinical teams, Social care, Primary care and Dementia UK

In line with the admiral nurse competency framework at an enhanced 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
  • Clinical leadership with policy development and quality improvements in relation to dementia care
  • Consultancy to other health and social care professionals regarding dementia
  • Manage the admiral nursing team within Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Work together with families to provide support, expert guidance & practical solutions.

To find out more about the role of an Admiral Nurse, candidates are encouraged to complete Dementia UKs free online: Pre Admiral Nurse eLearning course. This could be in advance of the interviews or upon an offer of employment being made and prior to starting in post

Person Specification



  • Registered nurse (RMH/RNMH/RGN/RNLD)
  • Post registration qualification / training in dementia
  • Post-graduate training/ education in dementia/older people
  • Willingness to work towards continued professional and practice development through Dementia UK's admiral nurse academy, including the level 6 or 7 admiral nurse competency framework module.


  • Additional nursing qualification
  • Masters level qualification in dementia / older people's care
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Relevant teaching qualification
  • Leadership Training and/or Qualification

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).

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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

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust


Bensham Hospital

Saltwell Road



Employer's website

https://www.qegateshead.nhs.uk (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Kate Clark



Date posted

21 June 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 7


£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Bensham Hospital

Saltwell Road



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