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Lead Dementia Nurse

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
TBA - Kent
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2024
We have a newly created post in our Community Hospitals service for a Lead Dementia Nurse to join us and provide Kent wide leadership across the whole health economy.

The Kent Community Hospitals provides re-enablement and recovery for patients following a period of illness or an acute hospital stay.

This role will see you provide clinical expertise and strategic direction and guidance for achieving excellence in practice whilst supporting the Head of Service in the delivery of the Dementia/Delirium and cognitive impairment service across Kent.

Main duties of the job

You will will be responsible for providing professional leadership to senior nurses within area of expertise and professionally manage and support the dementia nurses, across Kent in the delivery of a high quality and evidence-based service.

You will act as the clinical expert for advice and support to both clinical staff and the wider multidisciplinary team, whilst offering clinical supervision to the cardiac nursing service

You will work to stablish an effective workplace culture across the dementia service that sustains person centred, safe and effective care through self-awareness, leadership, active learning,development, improvement and innovation.

About us

Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we've got a passion for delivering high standards of patient care and excellent services to improve the health of our communities. To do this we need outstanding people who share our values Compassionate Aspirational Responsive Excellent

We know a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. We pride ourselves in being diverse and welcome applications from people with varied backgrounds, perspectives and experiences

We ask for information about your protected characteristics on our application forms. This isn't visible to anyone involved with shortlisting or interviewing you, except when you choose to be considered under the guaranteed interview scheme due to disability. Short listers will see two ticks alongside your application to ensure they apply the principles of the scheme to your submission

The data we collect helps us to ensure we are attracting diversity in our applicants, that all our colleagues have equitable access to career opportunities and supports us on our journey to being a Great Place to Work

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want you to be able to work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Talk to us about a flexible working arrangement that won't involve sacrificing time for personal interests or family commitments. We'll support you to work flexibly in a way that will suits us both

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The job description and person specification gives you all the information you need about this role. Please look carefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this in your application. If you need an application form in an alternative format please let our recruitment team know. All information you supply on your application should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate.

Still have questions? The recruiting manager would love to hear from you, their contact details can be found in the job advert.

We can get a lot of applications for some roles so to be in with the best chance of being shortlisted please make sure you apply as soon as possible. A vacancy may close early if there is a lot of interest in the job.

Although vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory, we are strongly encouraging colleagues in clinical and non-clinical roles who have direct or social contact with patients to be fully vaccinated. In this way we will be doing all we can to ensure your safety and that of your colleagues and the patients we serve.

It is important to us that all our staff are aligned to our Values and in particular the behaviours we expect from KCHFT managers. With this in mind as part of the selection process for this position you will be asked to complete two other activities in addition to the competency-based interview that you will invited to. This extended selection process is designed to assess your management style and the specific details of the exercises will be given if you are successfully shortlisted. The provisional date of the selection event is 18th June, although this may be subject to change.

Find out more about the community difference here.

Good luck! We cant wait to meet you and welcome you to #teamKCHFT, #cometocommunity.

Person Specification



  • Registered Adult Nurse, Current NMC Registration, Specialist dementia Qualification & Independent Nurse Prescriber



  • Formal Teaching and Mentorship Qualification


  • MSc qualification



  • Relevant First Degree, Evidence of Masters Level Study, Health Assessment and Clinical Examination Course



  • 5 years specialist dementia experience spent at senior practitioner level


  • Experience working in Community Services



  • Leading and developing practice using innovative approaches to service organisation and development. Working with complexity across organisational and professional boundaries. Initiating and leading change across professions and agencies.



  • Audit and Research Experience, Project Management, Public Speaking


  • Research Experience



  • Highly developed specialist knowledge across a range of issues in relation to dementia practice, leadership, research and education. In depth knowledge of national and international guidance in relation to dementia conditions. Demonstrates awareness of commissioning dementia services across whole systems approach.


  • Evidence of publishing in the field of dementia

Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent communication skills, analytical skill, Good IT Skills, Negotiation skills. Advanced clinical assessment skills and highly developed physical skills requiring accuracy, high standard efficiency and efficacy. Organisational and presentational skills that are logical and concise Demonstrates high level and independent clinical decision making. Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, able to motivate and inspire others. Performs under pressure.

Personal Attributes


  • Self-motivating, ability to engage effectively at varying levels of the organisation and key stake holders. Commitment to continuing professional development. Positive and enthusiastic, adaptable, flexible and team player. Awareness of and adherence to the Trust's objectives.

Ability to Manage


  • Excellent time management skills. Evidence of professional leadership, with the ability to lead and managing staff through change.

Employer details

Employer name

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust


TBA - Kent

TBA - Kent

TN25 4AZ

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