Admiral Nurse

Hywel Dda University Health Board


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Job summary

This is a full-time post however job share will be considered.

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who offer expert practical, clinical and emotional support to families involved in the care of a person living with dementia with complex needs. Based within multi-disciplinary/agency community teams and working alongside nurses, therapists, primary care, social care and third sector providers, amongst others, you will also benefit from being a part of a Clinical Network of Admiral Nurses working across Wales and beyond.

We are looking for an exceptionally skilled, Registered Nurse/s (adult/mental health/learning disability) with a passion for, and demonstrable track record of, providing person-centred and relationship-centred dementia care with a strong sense of advocacy and equalities for this client group. Combining direct work with families with supporting the best practice of health and social care professionals, you will call upon your impressive knowledge of bio-psychosocial interventions to improve the experience and quality of life of families affected by dementia.

Main duties of the job

The post holder/s will need to have the ability to work in a variety of settings, across a significantly rural geography. The role will include seeing carers and families individually, running groups and providing education/ training, as well as balancing a clinical caseload.

Dementia UK will support you to maintain and strengthen your clinical development as a specialist Admiral Nurse through regular clinical supervision and practice and professional development opportunities. You'll become a welcome part of a network of Admiral Nurses and will have the opportunity to access relevant post-graduate training and develop professionally, informed by the Admiral Nurse Competency Framework.

The Admiral Nurse Team is one of a range of initiatives being established across the counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. There will be seven (full time) Admiral Nurse posts situated one within each 7 Locality Clusters where health and social care teams have maximized integration and co-located team bases, of which the Admiral Nurses will be an integral part.

This is a new and exciting collaboration between Dementia UK, Hywel Dda University Health Board and the respective Local Authorities of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire and is a cornerstone of the Dementia Wellbeing Pathway 'wrap-around' support for families affected by dementia.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Interviews to be held on 17/06/2022.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Registered Nurse (RNMH/RGN/RNLD)
  • Formal knowledge of dementia/ older people acquired through clinical post-graduate training/ educated to post grad Diploma level
  • Willingness to work towards Level 6/7 qualification including the Admiral Nurse Competency Framework module
  • Hold a sound knowledge of dementia and therapeutic working with families and organisations
  • Ability to demonstrate all of the 6 Admiral Nurse competencies: person-centred care, therapeutic skills, triadic relationship sharing knowledge, best practice, and critical reflective practice at specialist level.
  • Ability to use a range of therapeutic skills
  • Effective role-modelling Collaborative and multi-agency working
  • Knowledge of research methods and methodologies


  • Additional nursing qualification
  • Diploma/Degree/level qualification in dementia/older people's care
  • Mentorship Qualification
  • Relevant teaching qualification
  • Understand sources of research and critically apply them within practice
  • Understanding of competency frameworks
  • Experience of supporting systematic practice development/ quality improvement



  • Post-registration clinical experience of working with people with dementia and their carers/supporters in different settings
  • Experience of recent involvement in practice/ service innovation or development.
  • Experience of working with groups and individuals in a variety of roles and settings
  • Demonstrated experience of working as an autonomous practitioner


  • Experience of professional supervision/ mentoring of staff
  • Experience of working with patients/ clients to develop practice
  • Experience of audit/ evaluating clinical practice
  • Experience of working in the community
  • Experience of palliative care and long term conditions

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

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

Hywel Dda University Health Board


South Pembrokeshire Hospital / Cardigan Integrated Care Centre

Pembroke Dock / Cardigan

SA72 6SX

Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Charlie Duhig


Date posted

23 May 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 6


£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum, pro rata



Working pattern

Full-time, Job share

Reference number


Job locations

South Pembrokeshire Hospital / Cardigan Integrated Care Centre

Pembroke Dock / Cardigan

SA72 6SX

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