Memory Assessment Nurse - Older Adult Mental Health

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
14 Jun 2023
Memory Assessment Nurse 30 HOURS PER WEEK We have an exciting opportunity for a Qualified Nurses to join the Memory Assessment Team which is a countywide service. Providing specialist assessment for people who are presenting with signs of a dementia illness. You will need to have a flexible attitude, have good time management and be able to work autonomously as part of a supportive team. The service is open Monday to Friday 9-5 excluding bank holidays. Flexible working patterns will be considered. The team is based in the grounds of the Belmont Abbey which is peaceful rural location, 2 miles from the main city of Hereford. There is plenty of free parking. We pride ourselves in providing outstanding care to patients. We will provide you with resources to progress a long term career as well as flexibility, continual professional development as well as a wide range of wellbeing and support. We welcome calls for informal discussion/visits so please contact Vicki Newman 01432 220445

Main duties of the job

  • Manage a caseload of patient ensure they receive a timely assessment, diagnosis and onwards referral
  • Complete full cognitive assessments
  • Write assessment reports to a high standards
  • Effective and timely discharge planning and coordination.
  • Undertake and understand physical health observations and take appropriate action where necessary.
  • Monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.
  • Apply a high level of understanding of the effect of dementia and provide advice on management of the condition, healthy lifestyles and well-being.
  • Carry out complex risk assessment.
  • Timely and accurate reporting and escalation of incidents and safeguarding concerns.
  • Attend regular multidisciplinary meetings.
  • Participate in undertaking professional cover/duty.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community health services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will:
  • Behave consistently with the values and beliefs of the organisation and promote these on day to day basis.
  • Act as a role model to colleagues, always seeking to maintain the highest standards of professionalism.
  • Use their initiative and take responsibility for themselves and the quality of their work and the service they provide to patients.
  • Work as part of the Multidisciplinary team across a range of clinical pathways.
  • Manage a caseload of patients with complex needs, using evidence based / patient centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions these interventions will be underpinned by NICE and Best Practice Guideline. To purchase packages of care where required.
  • Support patients and carers to achieve agreed outcomes and goals utilising the recovery model.
  • Provide leadership for junior staff, through supervision and appraisal.
  • Participate in the planning, development and evaluation of Services, within a designated area / team, holding responsibility for defined projects.
  • Regularly supervise students on practice placement.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification

Additional Criteria


  • Commitment to patient centred non- discriminatory practice
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the role



  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development
  • Significant post registration experience including experience within mental health
  • Minimum 1 year within / related specialty
  • Extensive clinical experience including individual and group work


  • Experience of a range of mental health settings.
  • Supervision of junior staff and students
  • Leadership and first line management experience
  • Purchasing Care Packages
  • Implementation of psychological therapies



  • RMN (Degree / Diploma and working towards degree)
  • Mentors Award
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development


  • Dementia Training



  • Specialist knowledge and application of interventions relevant to patient group
  • Knowledge / experience of audit procedures
  • Detailed knowledge of mental health legislation and current practice
  • Detailed knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and its application
  • Knowledge of Person Centre Care
  • Knowledge of Risk Assessment
  • Multi-disciplinary team working


  • Knowledge and application of standardised assessments

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour
  • Role modelling good behaviour
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback
  • Ability to praise and be supportive to others
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal written formats
  • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities
  • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues
  • Supervisory / appraisal skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Ability to organise and respond efficiently to complex information
  • Ability to build effective working relationships
  • Ability to use a variety of IT systems and database


  • Presentation and training skills

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

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Benet Building

Ruckhall Lane, Belmont



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