Community Practitioner

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro rata per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

An opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Community Practitioner to join our award wining Older Persons Memory Assessment Service. This is a busy team covering the whole of Newcastle as well as the eastern borough of North Tyneside. Although the service is clinic based, a significant number of assessments are offered to patients living in a range of community settings across the locality.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a suitably qualified person who is dynamic and motivated with a specific interest in the mental health care of the older people and a special interest in working with people with dementia. The appropriate knowledge and skills to communicate well with people who have cognitive problems and a good working knowledge of the signs and symptoms of dementia is essential.

You will work in a highly supported environment as part of the wider Older persons Pathway and will be provided with support to develop your knowledge and skills. Opportunities are available to develop as a non-medical prescriber, group work and in the delivery of diagnosis.

About us

You must have a strong commitment to the delivery of high quality, safe, patient care and be a good role model in reflecting the Trusts core Values.

Comments from our staff

I have worked at MAMS for 9 years which is the longest I have been in any nursing post and a real reflection of how much I love my job. It really is multidisciplinary working, and the team is the best!

There is so much support from our fabulous lead to develop both within the role and with further opportunities such as towards NMP and facilitating the different groups that we offer.

I wouldn't want to work anywhere else and know that you will be made to feel very welcome when you join us.

I was attracted to the professionalism of the team, that has a wealth of differing experiences and are incredibly supportive.

All staff are highly motivated to work in the diagnostic service and ensure that they make every intervention count, to reassure, support, inform and guide the patient and relatives through a difficult time in their lives.

There is always excellent formal and informal supervision. I was initially worried that I would not have the skills to transfer into this specialised area of working. However due to there being a clear pathway of care and excellent structure of what is expected in each of our appointments, this enabled me to learn and continue to learn and put my previous knowledge into practice into the MAMS service. I feel supported and valued within the team

Job description

Job responsibilities

Applicants for the post must have experience working with older adults, and knowledge of assessment and treatment processes appropriate to this client group.

The successful candidate will work as part of our multidisciplinary team in the assessment and management of patients with memory impairment. This role includes providing pre diagnostic counselling, initial assessment and formulation, access to daily MDTs, providing post diagnostic coping reviews and group work. This role will also include rostered input as our daily nurse co-ordinator role, managing any queries that arise.

The successful applicant will need to be confident, focused and well organized with the ability to be flexible and responsive as well as a demonstrating a positive attitude to teamwork.

To provide compassionate care that is based on empathy, kindness, respect, and dignity.

The successful applicant will work between 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday

Applications are invited from clinicians who are able to meet the requirements of the person specification.

Please find attached job description for full details.

Advertising date : 19th May 2023

Closing date : 5th June 2023

We welcome your application.

Person Specification

Education and Qulification


  • First Level Registered Nurse RMNH or RMN
  • Mentor Training
  • Evidence of post-registration training in skills relevant to the post
  • Up to date knowledge/experience of relevant registration


  • Experience or understanding of administering a variety of cognitive tests
  • Previous experience of working with Older Adults
  • Non-medical Prescribing or a desire to complete training
  • ECG trained or willing to complete training
  • Understanding of capacity and consent
  • Previous experience of providing therapeutic group work

Knowledge and experience


  • 12-24 months band 5 qualified nurse
  • Awareness and understanding of professional accountability, NMC standards


  • Previous experience of working with Older Adults

Skills and Competencies


  • Proven ability to carry out and provide compressive written assessments
  • Risk assessment/management
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
  • evidence of a high level of professional, organisational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to adapt
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively with other professionals using a multi-agency approach
  • Excellent time keeping
  • Proven track record of acting as an advocate for service users and their carers


  • Teaching and presentation skills

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to meet the mobility and geographical requirements of the post

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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