Nurse Specialist (Dementia Care)
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a new, innovative and dynamic team within our expanding Virtual Wards. Working into the Frailty Virtual Ward in the community, we are looking for experienced and motivated Band 6 Specialist Nurse in dementia care (and delirium) who is passionate about service development and providing high standard of patient centred care. You will be working closely within a multidisciplinary team of staff including Doctors, Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and HCA's, all of whom are committed to maintaining independence, promoting self-care and assisting patients in their usual place of residence. Oftentimes, this post therefore requires you to work autonomously, when working across the city into patients own homes.
As a specialist nurse, you will use your clinical decision making through assessment and interpretation of clinical information to support frail and elderly patients with dementia (patient may not always have a diagnosis) and may be experiencing a delirium and are having an acute exacerbation of a frailty related condition. You will proactively provide specialist assessment and review of patients, addressing their unmet needs and assessing cognitive changes and improving their care coordination and well-being. Leadership qualities are necessary to support both the service delivery, and staff support and work allocation.
Main duties of the job
- Interview date: 14 June 2023
18 hours 45 minutes/week
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The successful candidate will have awareness of current evidence-based approaches to patient care and be confident in evaluating care plans and assessing ongoing needs within own level of competency, documenting changes accordingly thus maintaining accurate nursing records in accordance with NMC and Trust Policy. The successful candidate will also have excellent communication skills both with patients and their relatives and/or carers, and with the wider MDT and have good knowledge of frailty and its management.
The successful candidate will have experience in supporting people living with dementia (who may not have a formal diagnosis) and/or experiencing a delirium. You will provide detailed assessment and advice on management of cognitive presentations including ongoing support and referral to local memory services if required. The role will include providing information on care decisions and assist with advance care planning where appropriate. Equally, be able to utilise enhanced communication skills to engage with both patients with dementia / delirium and their relatives/carers and provide counselling. The post holder will be co- located within the trust specialist dementia care team and receive regular clinical supervision and professional development.
Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.
Rated 'Outstanding' by theCQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.
We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.
Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.
We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, innovative, and engaging individual, who have a passion for the delivery of high-quality patient care within the community. The candidates will have to be able to prioritise their own workload without supervision, have an excellent patient focused approach and be able to use their initiative as well as work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
The Frailty Virtual Ward is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. As a member of our multi-disciplinary team, you will work to meet the needs of a complex community patients, delivering care supporting early discharge and avoiding admissions to the acute hospital sites.
Lone working is a significant part of the role and the candidate should be familiar with the Trust lone working policy. Lone working safety devices will be available to staff. The candidate will need to hold a valid drivers licence and have a vehicle suitable to be able to perform home visits in.
The Newcastle Frailty Virtual Ward (FVW) plays a vital role in supporting patients with acute frailty syndromes at their usual place of residence, both supporting early discharge and preventing hospital admission. This geriatrician-led team enables the medical management of acute illness and frailty syndromes with the patient supported in their familiar environment by familiar carers, supplemented by additional members of the frailty multidisciplinary team as needed.
Patients will be referred to the FVW from Front of House (Emergency Department (ED), Assessment Suite (AS)), Back of House ward step-down, (initially from Older Peoples Medicine (OPM)) and Community step-up locations. Following initial assessment to confirm diagnoses, eligibility and both acute and long-term care needs, patients will be admitted to the FVW and a multidisciplinary management plan devised and communicated to patient and carers. This will involve interventions from across the team, including yourself as a specialist dementia and delirium nurse and geriatricians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, frailty specialist nurses, pharmacists and health care assistants (HCA).
While on the FVW, patients will have access to most of the medical treatments available in hospital, therefore in working in partnership with the patient to achieve optimum levels of self-care, you will ensure the patient has the appropriate follow up in place. Home visits will be conducted as indicated by patient status, with regular face to face visits likely to be established initially, but later reviews may be conducted by telephone or video.
- The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust define a nurse specialist as a qualified nurse where the primary purpose of role is to provide guidance and support based on advanced level knowledge to patients, carers and health professionals concerning a specific disease/condition.
- Within the sphere of specialist practice:
o Is working towards advanced knowledge and skills within specialist sphere of practice.
o Contributes to the facilitation of the planning, delivery and evaluation of care pathways for a designated group of patients.
o Support the development of nursing practice within the specialist field and contribute to the body of nursing knowledge.
o Contributes to training and education within specialist area.
As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.
Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.
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