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Lead Memory Nurse

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
9 Jun 2023
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in Kendal as part of our progressive, integrated OA CMHT as lead memory nurse across South Lakes. We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Mental Health Nurse to work with us to continue to develop our Memory Assessment Team.

As a member of the South Lakes Memory and Later Life Service, you will use your mental health nursing skills and knowledge of evidence based practice to provide assessment and treatment for older adults with a range of complex mental health issues, working closely with multi-disciplinary colleagues to deliver recovery-based care pathways. You will primarily be working with people who have cognitive impairments across a range of care pathways, from early memory needs to established dementia, and living in various community settings. You will use specialised memory and nursing assessments to assist with the assessment, planning and implementation of care for diagnostic purposes and post diagnosis support.

We use a range of comprehensive assessment tools including the ACE3 to support patients and their carers in the diagnosis of memory impairment in the Memory and Later Life Service, and there will be many opportunities to develop and consolidate your skills.

Main duties of the job

You will also support and supervise band 5 nurses, AP's, support workers and student nurses in the team and you will provide advice on nursing and memory perspectives within the MDT.
  • You will be a member of the multi-disciplinary OA CMHT within the memory assessment service team and as an independent specialist practitioner you will ensure the effective assessment, planning, consultation and formulation towards diagnosi
  • To have a specialist knowledge and understanding of strategies and interventions in the treatment of dementia
  • To be proficient in referring to other agencies within the service or referring to other services or agencies where necessary
  • To confidently identify risk factors and action accordingly
  • Providing a communication structure between GP's and other services in LCFT, non-statutory services, as a means of ensuring highest possible standards of patient care
  • To provide mentoring and clinical supervision to other staff and trainees on placement
  • To actively promote the Trust values within the OA CMHT service and in accordance with the NMC code of conduct
  • To assist the team leader in ensuring that leadership within the MAS team provides effective assessment, formulation, planning and monitoring of care given to patients and their carer's
  • You will also be expected to actively contribute to the ongoing development of the OA CMHT and MAS.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse Degree Level or equivalent knowledge and experience
  • On-going registration with the NMC Compliance with regulatory bodies and codes of professional conduct



  • In-depth knowledge of mental health problems including Cognitive problems and Dementia.
  • In-depth knowledge of issues that impact upon people with mental health problems.
  • Detailed knowledge of the impact of risk and protective factors that affect people with mental health problems.
  • Knowledge of medication prescribed for management of mental health issues In-depth knowledge of diversity and anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.



  • Several years post qualification clinical work with service users experiencing a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of effectively working with service users and carers
  • Experience working as an independent and autonomous practitioner



  • Understanding of Health and Safety policies and procedures
  • Knowledge and practice of Mental Health Act 1983
  • Knowledge and practice of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Demonstrate understanding of how research has influenced practice

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


South Lakes Older Adult



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