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Memory Nurse

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Hemel Hempstead,
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary, min £1,192 - max £2,011
Closing date
22 May 2024
  • An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and committed Band 6 Memory Nurse to join our Countywide Early Memory Diagnosis and Support Service Team. We are looking for a friendly, enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to join our EMDASS team to deliver service for North West site of EMDASS.
  • We are a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) and our service includes Team Secretaries, Dementia Nurse Specialists, Deputy Community Manager, Service Manager, Psychologists, Psychology Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychiatrists, GP, and Staff members partner agencies.
  • We are looking for someone with excellent organisational and communication skills alongside evidence of working under own initiate, ability to problem solve, accuracy of work and strong clinical leadership skills to support students and junior staff with creating an effective learning environment.
  • In this role you will be working on the One-Stop Pathway.

Main duties of the job

As the Band 6 Memory Nurse, you will be expected to:

* Undertake memory assessments for service users suspected with dementia, deliver diagnosis working with multi-disciplinary team, treatment and post diagnostic support for service users through titration reviews.

* Carry out risk assessments and implement risk management plan with service users and carers.

* Be familiar with safeguarding policy and follow safeguarding protocol effectively to ensure safety of service users and carers in the community.

* Work closely with the partner agencies and make referrals tailored to service users and carers need to community services to support service users living well with illness.

* Act as Duty Nurse for completing the screening of referrals, offering advice and signposting.

* Undertake supervision of junior staff and trainees, as delegated by the Deputy Community Manager.

* Undertake a wide range of assessment using appropriate assessment tools and work with multi-disciplinary team to deliver dementia diagnosis and manage their own workload and provide post diagnostic support through titration review for service users.

About us

  • Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.
  • Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.
  • The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:
  • Welcoming
  • Kind
  • Positive
  • Respectful
  • Professional

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post-holder will:
  • carry out memory assessments by using appropriate cognitive tools
  • work with multi-disciplinary to team to deliver memory diagnosis, treatment and development of specialist care in accordance with NICE Guidelines and evidence-based practice to support work of the Early Memory Diagnosis and Support Service

- This will include frequent requirement for intense concentration.

The post-holder will:
  • work under the EMDASS One-Stop Pathway facilitating clinics and completing home visits to deliver diagnosis and post-diagnosis support.
  • devise care plans that promote patients independent living in the community.
  • complete risk assessments that are clear, concise and detail plans to safely manage any risks that are identified.
  • use a variety of clinical skills appropriate to the needs of the individual and the clinical setting and in their home setting.
  • to provide ongoing post-diagnostic support for people where diagnosis indicates this to be relevant to their needs.
  • where indicated by assessment, to discharge with appropriate care provisions and follow-up, with future review dates booked as appropriate.
  • demonstrate a high standard of record keeping and documentation with adherence to Trust policies
  • work with colleagues to develop and promote the services philosophy, framework of care delivery and strategic objectives.
  • contribute to Mental Health/ Dementia strategy discussions/steering groups when requested by senior management.
  • work with colleagues to develop and demonstrate clinical expertise and high standards of mental health practice.
  • deliver care that is person centred reflecting current best practice, and challenges practice that may be detrimental to older people receiving high quality care.
  • demonstrate extensive understanding of the legal and ethical issues in providing dementia care, in particular, having a good knowledge of the National Dementia Strategy.
  • complete Revalidation as defined by NMC.

The post holder is responsible for:
  • management, supervision, training and development of students/trainees or equivalent others and they are responsible for yearly appraisal.
  • plan and organise their diaries, prioritise duties, and coordinate the care of the service users for whom they are allocated.
  • give due regard to the health and safety, well-being, and interests of those who come in to contact with the team professionally.

The post holder has a duty to:
  • always promote and support staffs personal health and wellbeing, this includes both physical and mental health and wellbeing.

The post holder has a responsibility to:
  • access help in managing health and wellbeing.
  • report any activity that may be fraudulent and be responsible for the completion of own extra duty and expenses claims.
  • ensure that all policies applicable to EMDASS are implemented.
  • to participate in transformation of service and contribute to proposed changes to pathway, practices and procedures to improve quality and efficiency.
  • to propose ideas for, and if accepted, complete audits relevant to the improvement of the teams clinical practice.
  • have high level of competency to receive and give clinical information verbally and in writing from/ to those receiving care, their families/carers, and professional colleagues.
  • demonstrate a high level of interpersonal skills, self-awareness, and empathy in all communications.
  • ensure adherence to all aspects of patient confidentiality, documentation and record keeping according to Trust and national guidelines.

The post holder will have:
  • the ability to communicate clearly and sensitively in complex and emotional situations.
  • an ability to negotiate, and problem solve in contentious and /or antagonistic situations where agreement is required. When agreement cannot be reached to communicate clear and rational decisions.
  • the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with colleagues within all the agencies whom they encounter to the benefit of the client and the service.
  • extensive working knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity act, National Dementia Strategy and National Service Frameworks for Older People and Mental Health.
  • an understanding of the Safeguarding Adults procedures.

The postholder will:
  • be required to make judgements involving highly complex facts and or situations which require analysis.
  • make judgements where the situation is not straightforward such as those where information is limited or difficult to obtain.
  • make judgements as to the best course of action where there are a range of options available.
  • assess or interpret information to make a judgement.Make judgements where expert opinion may differ or be conflicting.
  • demonstrate the ability to prioritise and organise case/ workload on a day-to-day basis.
  • ensure that the service user is always given high quality care.
  • where necessary request assistance from colleagues.
  • represent the EMDASS at meetings etc, as delegated by the Team Manager.
  • when staff/students are attached to the team, to ensure that learning is facilitated to meet their needs.

The post holder will need to be able to:

* drive to meetings /training off site and occasionally as required cover for colleagues on other sites.

* work between the EMDASS One-Stop Pathway facilitating clinics and completing home visits

* spend increased amounts of time in the car driving to peoples own homes in order to undertake assessment/ intervention (this may include out of county locations)

* input information using computer keyboard.

* participate in RESPECT and Basic Life Support Trainings as necessary as per HPFT policies/procedures.

* work in an environment that is at times extremely busy and demanding.

Person Specification



  • Degree, diploma or equivalent in Nursing (Mental Health Nursing)
  • Registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Mentorship Preparation Course
  • Commitment to become non-medical prescriber


  • Pre or Post registration training/ short courses in mental health and/ or older people's care
  • Post registration course in Dementia



  • Knowledge of legislation related to mental health and social care (e.g., Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, National Service Framework, National Dementia Strategy, Care Programme Approach etc)
  • Ability to manage distressing and challenging situations
  • Understanding of end-of-life care in dementia
  • Expert clinical skills in holistic and risk assessment in mental health care


  • Community and Inpatient nursing experience
  • Expert clinical skills in dementia care
  • Supervision skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Experience in audit
  • Experience in research



  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing
  • Excellent documentation of duties performed
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Ability to feedback and discuss cases within the multi-disciplinary team
  • Confidence to work autonomously in the community


  • Training and facilitation skills



  • Good range of problem-solving skills
  • Good range of information gathering skills
  • Ability to assess and manage risks
  • Positive approach to older people
  • Fine attention to detail
  • Contemporary knowledge in dementia care (local and national)

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


The Marlowes

39-41 Marlowes

Hemel Hempstead,


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