Admiral Nurse

Livewell Southwest CIC
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
14 Dec 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Location: West Devon Primary Care Network base at Abbey Rise, Tavistock

Hours: 37.5 hours/week

In collaboration with the charity, Dementia UK, Livewell Southwest CiC is recruiting to the role of Band 7 Admiral Nurse. 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.

We are looking for an exceptional, registered (adult / mental health / learning disabilities) nurse with a passion for, and significant experience of, providing relationship-centred dementia care. Combining direct work with families alongside supporting the best practice of health and social care professionals, you will call upon your knowledge of bio-psychosocial interventions to improve the experience of families affected by dementia.

This role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility.

Main duties of the job

You will work across the area covered by the three GP practices which form the West Devon Primary Care Network and be an integral part of the MDT providing proactive, wrap-around care alongside other health and social care professionals.Dementia UK will support you to maintain and strengthen your clinical and leadership expertise as a specialist Admiral Nurse through regular clinical supervision and practice and professional development opportunities.

You will 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.Dementia UK will support you to maintain and strengthen your clinical and leadership expertise as a specialist Admiral Nurse through regular clinical supervision and practice and professional development opportunities.

Further information regarding the main duties and responsibilities of the Admiral Nurse role can be found in the job description and person specification.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Rachel Johnstone, Dementia UK, on 07876 442923 / and/or Kim Beattie, Livewell on 07917107021 /

Closing date: 14/12/2023

Proposed interview date: 21/12/2023

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Description:

Admiral Nurse Band 7 Community

Grade: Band 7 (NHS Agenda for change pay scale)

Responsible to: Community Nurse Manager -Tavistock


West Devon Primary Care Network, Tavistock

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Key Relationships GPs and Practice Staff within West Devon Primary Care Network Members of integrated health and social care MDT (including District Nurses, Community Matrons and Social Care) Devon Memory Service Dementia Support Worker(s) and Carer Support Worker(s) Families/carers of person with dementia Dementia UK

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Admiral Nurse will lead, deliver and coordinate relationship-centred dementia care within operational areas of Livewell Southwest, in order to improve the experience of carers/families affected by dementia1 with complex needs.

In line with the Admiral Nurse Competency framework at an enhanced specialist level, the post holder will provide:

Specialist bio-psychosocial assessment and support for people with dementia and families with complex needs

Facilitation of education and training for staff in the delivery of evidence-based dementia care

Clinical leadership with policy development and quality improvements in relation to dementia care

Consultancy to other health and social care professionals regarding dementia

Main Duties & Responsibilities:


Provide clinical leadership on the care of people with dementia and their carers/families with complex care needs from peri diagnosis to post bereavement support

Provide specialist nursing assessment, using the Admiral Nurse Assessment Framework for carers/families affected by dementia

Provide a range of bio-psychosocial interventions to promote health and wellbeing for people with dementia and their carers/families

Work collaboratively with other professionals to improve the identification and management of co morbidities and frailty for people with dementia and their carers/families

Develop and support care plans for people with dementia and families including positive risk management

Support people with dementia, carers/families and staff to understand and respond to changes in behaviour and relationships as a result of dementia

Provide care coordination for a clinical caseload of families with complex needs as identified within triage assessment in clinics or via home visit if required

Ensure the safeguarding of vulnerable adults and that all legal requirements relating to Mental Capacity Act 2005, Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007), and Deprivation of Libert Safeguards (2009)2 are considered and adhered to in relation to patient care

Act as an advocate for people with dementia and their carers/families to promote their rights and best interests

Participate and lead on case conferences, continuing health care processes and best interest meetings where required

Work collaboratively with health, social and voluntary sector services to achieve coordinated and integrated care

Work in partnership with colleagues to promote the use of advance care planning for people with dementia and to support and inform families, around advance care planning, best interest decisions and end of life care

Manage and advise on complex care transitions for people with dementia and their carers/families to reduce the frequency of crisis situations

Ensure that care is delivered in accordance with relevant local and national guidelines and all relevant Livewell Southwest policies

Recognise the limits of own competency and professional boundaries and make appropriate and timely referrals to other services where required

Education and Leadership

Facilitate and support the development and delivery of innovative dementia training and education to staff, to improve competence and confidence, in line with best practice and guidance

Participate in and/or lead formal training events promoting best practice in dementia care and disseminating Admiral Nursing work

Provide professional and clinical leadership and mentorship, acting as a clinical role model on the delivery of evidence-based practice in dementia care within Livewell Southwest

Advise and support on the development and delivery of work streams as part of Livewell Southwests, dementia strategy, where appropriate

Work proactively with key local and national stakeholders to develop more integrated care pathways and holistic models of care, through dissemination of specialist skills and knowledge

Contribute to the delivery of local policy, procedures and protocol for Livewell Southwest to improve identification, assessment, ongoing support for people with dementia and their family carers

Evaluation and Audit

Support the audit and evaluation of quality improvements and initiatives aimed at improving the delivery of dementia care within Livewell Southwest, where appropriate to role

Collect and review quantitative and qualitative data, as agreed, to evaluate and audit the Admiral Nurse Service and make necessary improvements

Undertake analysis and evaluation and make any recommendations to the Dementia Strategy Group or similar

Ensure service information and data recorded is relevant, accurate, complete and captured in a contemporaneous manner

Support evaluation of workforce development in dementia to improve staff knowledge and skills across the host organisation


Ensure all nursing practice is carried out in accordance with the agreed policies and procedures of Livewell Southwest and the NMC Code

Attend and actively participate in practice development, clinical supervision, and continuing professional development, including the Admiral Nurse Competency module and the Admiral Nurse Forum, as supported by Dementia UK

Develop own competence through use of the Admiral Nurse Competency Framework and portfolio development using resources provided by Dementia UK

To maintain professional registration in line with NMC guidance, including re-validation

Contribute to and lead the development of policies, procedures and protocols relevant to dementia and Admiral Nursing within Livewell Southwest including the Standard Operational Policy

Ensure compliance with Livewell Southwest clinical governance requirements

Participate in clinical supervision/mentoring within Livewell Southwest, where appropriate

Maintain up-to-date knowledge of evidence-based recommendations on supporting people with dementia and their carers/families

Maintain positive working relationships with Dementia UK

Person Specification

Value and Attributes


  • Ability to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy Ability to treat families affected by dementia with respect and dignity Working together for people with dementia/ carers Demonstrates compassion and a caring nature Demonstrates a commitment to quality of care Demonstrates integrity and respect



  • Registered Nurse (RN/RNMH/RNLD) Post graduate qualification in relevant field Evidence of continued professional development/training in relevant areas, including dementia and leadership Commitment to continued professional and practice development through Dementia UKs Admiral Nurse Academy Completion of Dementia UKs Pre Admiral Nurse e-learning course prior to starting in post


  • Postgraduate qualification in dementia/leadership



  • Significant post registration clinical experience of supporting people with dementia and their carers/families Experience of: completing holistic nursing assessments providing bio-psychosocial interventions facilitating and delivering training/ development of staff working as an autonomous practitioner managing care transitions professional supervision of staff, including staff development, critical companionship, and role modelling audit/evaluation of clinical practice collaborative/multi-agency working


  • Experience in service specific setting Experience of leading/managing a service Experience of supporting practice development/ quality improvement and service evaluation

Knowledge and skills.


  • bility to demonstrate the 6 Admiral Nurse competencies: person-centred care therapeutic skills triadic relationship centred working sharing knowledge delivering best practice critical reflective practice Skills to enable clinical leadership, including: strong communication skills good facilitation/presentation skills ability to influence change ability to act as a decision maker and advocate expert clinical practice Understanding of local/national skills and competency frameworks
  • the ability to use appropriate information technology, including MS office software to enable efficient service delivery Knowledge to enable clinical leadership, including an understanding of: relevant policies/natio
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