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Advanced Nurse Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Barnsley Memory Assessment and Support Service as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. The role will be varied and include innovating and maintaining the high standards of clinical care for the people of Barnsley experiencing memory problems, as well as managing a caseload, assessing, and supporting the diagnosis of individuals referred to the service.

The person we are looking to join our management team will be highly motivated and have a strong sense of the needs of this client group. As a service we are constantly changing and innovating to improve the care of people with memory problems in Barnsley and this role within the team will be pivotal in the further development of this.

Barnsley Memory Assessment and Support Service is a busy team with strong multi professional approach including Psychiatrists, Psychology and Occupational Therapy colleagues as well as a broad nursing team. All working together to assess with a view to obtaining a diagnosis if appropriate, review and offer pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for people with Dementia.

The candidate should have a good understanding of the symptoms associated with dementia and how this may affect people and their day to day lives and the additional support that they and their carers will require.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will join the management team of the service, working together to maintain our high standards and strive towards maintaining our innovative practice, taking clinical leadership in new initiatives within the service.

The role will also include maintaining a clinical caseload for the purpose of assessing people experiencing dementia in both the community and care home settings. Once a dementia diagnosis has been formulated within the MDT, the candidate will be required to deliver that diagnosis to the client: offering post diagnostic information relevant to that individual and supporting the person with the diagnosis and their families/carers.

Also providing ongoing care coordination for individuals on your caseload, including people subject to the Care Programme Approach or equivalent clinical guidance under your care. Offering pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, review these and offer advice and support, as necessary. Providing ongoing review of individuals prescribed anti-psychotic treatments in line with a local pathway.

The role will also include offering clinical and management supervision to members of staff within their role, including carrying out appraisals and supporting other policies related to the managing of clinical staff.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


The post holder will work as part of the memory service and provide high quality clinical assessments for people experiencing memory problems, including provision of a formal diagnosis of dementia where appropriate.

The post holder will practice as an independent non-medical prescriber in accordance with the Trusts non-medical prescribing policy and The Code for nurses and midwives (NMC).

This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The postholder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the postholder when necessary and in line with ongoing service developments.


The postholder will:

1.1 Care/service/function provision:
  • Develop therapeutic relationships in which people using services are empowered and enabled to make informed choices about their health and healthcare.
  • Demonstrate clinical leadership through participation in the management of referrals, provision of clinical supervision to community memory service nurses and, facilitating case review discussions when required.
  • Provide a diagnosis of dementia where appropriate following completion of a comprehensive clinical assessment and within the bounds of the agreed protocol and/or pathway within the service.
  • Ensure the diagnostic assessment undertaken in cases of suspected dementia includes comprehensive history taking, review of radiological reports, cognitive blood screening test results and ECG, as appropriate for the individual being assessed.
  • Communicate the diagnosis sensitively to the person with dementia and relevant others. Inform the referring clinician of the diagnosis, including subtype, through provision of effective clinical reports.
  • Promote health through provision of health education information and advice
  • Prescribe medication as an independent nurse prescriber within their own sphere of competence and the bounds of their approved prescribing status in accordance with the Trust non-medical prescribing policy.
  • Work as an independent non-medical prescriber within areas as required and designated, taking responsibility for the clinical assessment of the patient, establishing a diagnosis anda plan for that patients care and treatment.
  • Provide comprehensive mental health and social care assessments and provide care, treatment and educational interventions within the bounds of the agreed protocol and/or pathway within the service.
  • Review the efficacy of anti-dementia medication that has been prescribed for service users in line with the service pathway & protocol.
  • Promote the health needs of clients with complex issues and within their sphere ofcompetence provide interventions for these needs.
  • Promote patient choice and understanding when delivering a diagnosis or prescribing medicines, including provision of high quality information both written and verbal to support this.
  • Be responsible for ensuring the security and safe handling of FP10 prescription forms and to report any loss or theft as per Trust guidelines
  • Negotiate with and motivate clients when working with care plans and treatment processesparticularly to socially excluded and vulnerable people
  • Provide comprehensive mental health and social care assessments and provide care, treatment and educational interventions within the bounds of the agreed protocol and/or pathway within the service.
  • Review the efficacy of anti-dementia medication that has been prescribed for service users in line with the service pathway & protocol.
  • Act as care co-ordinator for service users as required.
  • Attend multidisciplinary meetings and care programme meetings as required.
  • Ensure that carers needs are assessed and appropriate intervention or onward referral is provided depending on need.

1.2 Working as part of a team:
  • Recognise the limits of their own expertise and (in line with the local protocol/ pathway for assessment of suspected dementia), request additional assessments from more senior multi-professional colleagues when required in the context of complex case presentations or circumstances of diagnostic uncertainty.
  • Access regular caseload and clinical supervision (as identified within the local service protocol/pathway), to summarise, present and discuss diagnostic assessments that have been completed with a senior medical practitioner within the service and/ or nurse consultant (where appropriate).
  • Utilise an appropriate range of multi-agency and inter-professional resources in their work and pro-actively develop new partnerships.
  • Work collaboratively in partnership with service users and health & social care professionals to provide specific interventions which are evidence based (including consensus best practice), which are most appropriate with regard to context and culture.
  • Provide advice and support to other clinicians acting as a source of expertise
  • Work in close collaboration with medical personnel regarding prescribing protocols, policies etc.
  • Ensure that the patients GP is notified of any changes to that patients prescription, including commencement of any new medication in accordance with Trust policy.
  • In the event of adverse drug reaction, to be accountable for ensuring that the GP/Consultant is advised accordingly.
  • Appropriately liaise with other services, external health and social care services and provide an expert opinion as required in relation to interventions with this complex client group
  • Able to develop good working relationships with key stakeholders medical practitioners,administration staff, senior managers and other services personal, pharmacy staff, external health providers, GP services and other partner agencies whom postholder might come into contact with.
  • Participate in relevant research projects as required

1.3 Managing Self:
  • Maintain effective and ongoing continual professional development relevant to their role and in accordance with their appraisal, trust policy and NMC validation requirements.
  • Maintain accurate high quality contemporaneous health records in line with current Trust policy and professional body requirements.
  • Maintain electronic records on the relevant medical record systems (RIO) where necessary
  • Undertake clinical assessments which are comprehensive, person centred, manage risk and are appropriate to needs, context and culture. This will incorporate use of appropriately validated psychological & psychometric screening and assessment tools.
  • Maintain competency as an independent nurse prescriber in accordance with the requirements of the Trust non-medical prescribing policy and NMC standards.
  • Maintain competency in dementia diagnosis through ongoing professional development and in accordance with NMC revalidation requirements.
  • Ensure that appropriate records are made in the patients RIO notes which identify the postholder as the independent prescriber
  • Promote clinical excellence by complying with agreed Trust and statutory policies and clinical guidance, while maintaining own clinical competencies in this role
  • Work to the required standards of the The Code for nurses and midwives (NMC), at all times.
  • Ensure fulfilment of requirements for continuing professional development as required by

professional body, eg NMC and as outlined in the Trust non-medicalprescribing policy
  • Attend and provide training events as necessary to maintain knowledge/skills andcompetence of self and others
  • Work within local and national agreed guidance for best practice
  • Work at all times only within their sphere of competence
  • Maintain appropriate indemnity insurance through a professional body
  • Will be expected to travel between sites to attend clinics and meetings including dutiescommensurate with the post holders grade as agreed with the line manager

1.4 Management Supervision and Support
  • Participate in a formal appraisal programme and provide support for lower banded staff
  • Required to contribute to clinical audit and clinical governance
  • Participate in trust forums and networks for non medical prescribers to support and updateon service development/legislative changes and pharmaceutical updates
  • Participate in the Trusts appraisal performance reviews of self and team members
  • Participate in and undertake clinical supervision for junior members of the team within the service on a regular basis
  • Participate in appropriate teaching and training for service staff and students, ensuringattendance at mandatory training
  • Work with the relevant managers to monitor service and non-medical prescriber performance when required
  • Provide advice and decisions to other team members and lower banded staff in relation toconditions and treatment plans, based on medical/drug history and knowledge of potential contra indications.

For full details of the role please see the supporting documents attached.

Person Specification



  • Clinical Risk Assessment.
  • Must be willing/able to undertake all appropriate Trust mandatory training requirements, and subsequent refresher training relevant to the area.



  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the prev
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