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Memory Nurse

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

The post holder is required to take responsibility for the assessment of care needs (including assessment of cognition), the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care and the setting of standards of care and management within EMDASS, including liaison with other agencies and, where appropriate, the supervision, development and teaching of staff and/or students. The post holder will act as care co-ordinator to a case load of service users, ensuring the care plan is metat all times. To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team.As a staff member you are representatives of Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) and play a vital role in fostering positive relationships and communication between the Mental Health Trust and not only the service users and their carers and relatives, but also other agencies, charities and providers. All staff should comply with the Trust's Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:Be responsible for the full assessment of care needs and risk assessment ofservice users presenting with cognitive problem. This the post holder will work within the multidisciplinary team and be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of programme of care, without direct supervision (though clinical supervision is implemented as per policy to support you).

About us

We provide mental health and social care services - including Adults of Working Age, Older Adults, Children and Adolescents and Specialist Learning Disabilities services.The Trust works in close partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and also with other NHS organisations to promote and support mental health in the community. We also provide specialist learning disability services in Norfolk and North Essex.

Our Vision:Our conversations with service users, carers, staff, commissioners and the wider communities we serve have informed a simple but ambitious vision: \Delivering great care, achieving great outcomes - together We will achieve our vision by:Putting the people who need our care, support and treatment at the heart of everything we do - always. Consistently achieving the outcomes that matter to the individuals who use our services, and their families and carers, by working in partnership with them and others who support them. Providing the very best experience of joined-up care in line with what service users and carers have told us makes 'Great Care'

Job description

Job responsibilities

Working relationships
  • As the post holder will be working within the community most of the time, they will need to be establishing and maintaining positive relationships with people, agencies, charities and other providers whom also provide services to Older People in that community area. These relationships are vital and team members should bear in mind that they will be representing HPFT
  • Close working relationships should be developed with other parts of HPFT notably Crisis teams, Intensive Outreach Team and SMHTOPs; as well as Hertfordshire County Councils Health and Community Services.

Communication requirements

The post holder will
  • Have high level of competency to receive and give clinical information verbally and in writing from/ to those receiving care, their families/carers and professional colleagues.
  • Demonstrate a high level of interpersonal skills, self-awareness and empathy in all communications.
  • Ensure adherence to all aspects of patient confidentiality, documentation and record keeping according to Trust and national guidelines.
  • Will have the ability to communicate clearly and sensitively in complex and emotional situations.
  • Will have an ability to negotiate and problem solve in contentious and /or antagonistic situations where agreement is required. When agreement cannot be reached to communicate clear and rationale decisions.
  • Will have the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with colleagues within the all agencies whom they encounter to the benefit of the client and the service.

Clinical Responsibility

In addition to Job Responsibilities above, the post holder will

  • Carry out specialist mental health, social care and cognitive assessments. Develop, implement, evaluate and document specialist care. This will include frequent requirement for intense concentration.
  • Devise care plans that promote patients independent living in the community
  • Complete risk assessments that are clear, concise and detail plans to safely manage any risks that are identified.
  • Use a variety of clinical skills appropriate to the needs of the individual and the clinical setting in which they are seen.
  • To provide ongoing interventions for people where assessment indicates this to be relevant to their needs.
  • Where indicated by assessment to discharge with appropriate care provisions and follow-up, with future review dates booked as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate a high standard of record keeping and documentation with adherence to Trust policies
  • Work with colleagues to develop and promote the services philosophy, framework of care delivery and strategic objectives.
  • Contribute to Mental Health/ Dementia strategy discussions/steering groups when requested by senior management.
  • Work with colleagues to develop and demonstrate clinical expertise and high standards of mental health practice.
  • Deliver care that is person centred reflecting current best practice, and challenges practice that may be detrimental to older people receiving high quality care.
  • Demonstrate extensive understanding of the legal and ethical issues in providing dementia care. In particular having a good knowledge of the National Dementia Strategy.
  • Complete PREP as defined by NMC.

Leadership and Staff Management Responsibility

The post holder will:

  • Plan and organise their diaries, prioritise duties, and coordinate the care of the service users for whom they are allocated.
  • Give due regard to the health and safety, well-being and interests of those who come in to contact with the team professionally.
  • Supervise, monitor and appraise the performance of staff and/ or service, as requested by the Team Manager.

Financial responsibility
  • Report any activity that may be fraudulent
  • Be responsible for the completion of own extra duty and expenses claims.

Service Development and Improvement

  • Ensure that all policies applicable to EMDASS are implemented
  • To comment upon and propose changes to working practices and procedures relevant to EMDASS, and where requested by the Team Manager, implement changes.
  • To propose ideas for, and if accepted, complete audits relevant to the improvement of the teams clinical practice.

Analytical and Judgemental Skills

The post holder will
  • Have extensive working knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity act, National Dementia Strategy and National Service Frameworks for Older People and Mental Health. The post holder will also have an understanding of the Safeguarding Adults procedures.
  • Be required to make judgements involving highly complex facts and or situations which require analysis.
  • Make judgements where the situation is not straightforward such as those where information is limited or difficult to obtain.
  • Make judgements as to the best course of action where there are a range of options available.
  • Assess or interpret information to make a judgement.
  • Make judgements where expert opinion may differ or be conflicting.

Planning and Organisational Skills

The post holder will
  • Demonstrate the ability to prioritise and organise case/ work load on a day to day basis.
  • Ensure that the client is given high quality care at all times.
  • Where necessary request assistance from colleagues.
  • Represent the EMDASS at meetings etc as delegated by the Team Manager.
  • When staff/students are attached to the team ensure that learning is facilitated to meet their needs.

Physical Working Conditions and Environment

The post holder will
  • Need to be able to drive to meetings /training off site and occasionally as required cover for colleagues on other sites.
  • Be required to spend increased amounts of time in the car driving to peoples own homes in order to undertake assessment/ intervention (this may include out of county locations)
  • Be able to input information using computer keyboard.
  • Be able to restrain people as necessary and maintain training for such as per HPFT policies/procedures.
  • Be able to work in an environment that is at times extremely busy and demanding.

Person Specification



  • Degree, diploma or equivelant in Nursing (Mental Health Nursing)
  • Registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Mentorship Preparation Course
  • Two years post registration experience, with at least one year post registration experience in Older People's Mental Health Care
  • Post registration course in Dementia
  • Commitment to become nonmedical prescriber
  • Understanding of end of life care in dementia


  • Pre or Post registration training/ short courses in mental health and/ or older people's care
  • Community and InPatient nursing experience



  • Knowledge of legislation related to mental health and social care (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, National Service Framework, National Dementia Strategy, Care Programme Approach etc)
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel.
  • Ability to manage distressing and challenging situations
  • Expert clinical skills in dementia care


  • Supervision skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Experience in research
  • Experience in audit.



  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing
  • Ability to feedback and discuss cases within the multi disciplinary team
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Excellent documentation of duties performed
  • Confidence to work autonomously in the community.


  • Training and facilitation skills



  • Good range of problem solving skills
  • Good range of information gathering skills
  • Ability to assess and manage risks
  • Positive approach to older people
  • Fine attention to detail
  • Contemporary knowledge in dementia care (local and national)

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