Admiral Nurse - Deputy lead

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


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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).

Here at we recognise the challenges our community and teams face, and have collaborated with Dementia UK to develop the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's first Acute Admiral Nurse Service.

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.

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 Admiral Nurse -Deputy Lead. As the Band 7 Admiral Nurse you will work Trust Wide to influence, deliver, and coordinate relationship-centred dementia care within the hospital setting, and across care transitions.

Main duties of the job

The Band 7 Admiral Nurse will lead, deliver and coordinate relationship-centred dementia care in order to improve the experience of staff, carers and their families affected by dementia with complex needs during the acute stay and transitions of care.

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 an Acute 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, 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 Northumbria Healthcare Foundation 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 applicantwill be an NMC registered (adult/mental health/learning disability) nurse,withsignificantpost-registration clinical experience of working with people with dementia andsupportingtheir carers and families in different settings, including the acute setting, along with formal knowledge ofdementia acquired through post-graduate training or education.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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,
  • facilitate and support education and training for staff in the delivery of evidence-based dementia care.
  • Provide clinical leadership with policy development and quality improvements.
  • They will be fundamental in the delivery, implementation and review of the Trusts Dementia and Delirium Strategy 2021-2026.

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

Lead 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 Lead Admiral Nurse and the Dementia and Delirium Steering Group.

Actively participates and identifies areas for 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.

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 (RMN/RN/RNLD) 1st Level Current NMC Registration
  • Degree in Nursing or relevant degree level study
  • Teaching or Mentorship Qualification
  • Post registration training/ education in dementia/ frailty/ older people
  • Willingness to undertake further study relevant to nursing role, including the level 6 or 7 Admiral Nurse Competency Framework Module


  • Post Graduate or Masters level qualification in dementia / older people's care/ frailty

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

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


North Tyneside General Hospital

Rake Lane

North Tyneside

NE29 8NH

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Date posted

27 May 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 7


£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum


Fixed term


2 years

Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

North Tyneside General Hospital

Rake Lane

North Tyneside

NE29 8NH

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