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Cognitive Frailty & Dementia Lead Nurse

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
26 Jun 2024
There is an exciting new opportunity for an experienced clinical leader to take on the role of the Dementia & Cognitive Frailty Lead Nurse, 1.0 WTE.

The primary focus of this role is to work within the Geratology CSU to provide leadership and management to designated clinical areas within the Trust, with regards to the care for people with a cognitive frailty. Such as dementia or delirium.

This will involve working at a strategic and operational level - working clinically, designing, and implementing strategy and visibly leading on the delivery of person-centred and relationship-centred dementia care, improving the experience of families/carers. A key responsibility is to support best practice of professionals to improve the experience of families/carers.

The post holder will spend at least 25% of their time practicing clinically, with the remainder of their time focused on professional leadership and consultancy, education, training and development and service development, research and evaluation.

The post holder will be expected to have significant clinical experience and knowledge of working with patients with a cognitive frailty, experience in a nursing leadership role, ability to communicate with and teach a wide range of stakeholders and to work autonomously.

Please review attached for full JD & PS.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide expert professional, clinical leadership, advice and consultancy ensuring the needs of people with cognitive frailties such as dementia/delirium, their families and carers are met by exercising and demonstrating high levels of clinical judgement, critical analysis and advanced decision making skills.
  • Provide and utilise advance comprehensive assessment, advanced care planning and psycho-social interventions to enhance the quality of life of those affected by cognitive frailty and their carers/ families.
  • Have a strong understanding of safeguarding principles for vulnerable patients.
  • Provide visible, strategic leadership on the delivery and evaluation of evidence-based dementia care, lead and inspire system changes to improve standards for people with dementia and their carers/families through supervision, evidence based practice, clinical audit, research and education.
  • Develop and monitor evaluation of key performance and quality indicators, to increase evidence of impact relating to dementia care, which includes the experience of people with dementia and their family/carer experience.
  • Work collaboratively across organisational boundaries with partner organisations to contribute to developing and implementing an integrated strategy to deliver service improvements which include the family/carer

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Be an expert resource and role model in influencing and leading on professional practice developments to improve clinical standards and care for people with cognitive frailties such as dementia/delirium.
  • Provide expert clinical practice, supporting the most complex cases, using a range of psychosocial interventions and emotional support to promote health and wellbeing for people with dementia and their carers/families.
  • To lead on quality improvements in the field of dementia care, including the delivery of relationship and family-centred approaches that support development of professional practice and enhance the experience of people with dementia and their carers/ families.
  • To be an innovator, and use evidence based practice to achieve continuous improvements in clinical practice.
  • To make complex decisions in challenging circumstances.
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner taking key responsibility and accountability for effective care delivery.
  • To provide clear leadership for practitioners in the field of dementia/deliriums, particularly around the care of those with complex needs.
  • To ensure effective clinical governance, development of clinical audit and effectiveness for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, disseminating results of clinical audit and effectiveness to local, national audiences.
  • Act as a resource, providing expert advice and clinical opinion to colleagues.
  • Network locally, regionally and nationally to share best practice and benchmark services.
  • Ensure public and patient involvement in the wider work of the Division.
  • Work alongside those in advanced clinical practice roles to provide opportunities for development and supervision.
  • Provide professional leadership by developing, communicating and implementing a strategy for improving dementia care for people with dementia/delirium and their families/carers, exerting a Trust-wide influence on professional practice.
  • Be recognised as an expert professional leader within the cognitive frailty field, providing consultancy in dementia & delirium, ensuring all advice and services provided are evidence-based and in line with national and local policies and guidelines.
  • Work collaboratively with key stakeholders to ensure representation of trust at expert level in developing and influencing local policy and nursing practice.
  • Contribute to the development of key performance measures, evidence and impact of the role by representing Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on national platforms to enrich the care experience of families/carers with dementia.
  • To act as a visible clinical leader, working as a role model with individuals (including Allied Health Professionals), across teams and departments to ensure that practice is evidence based, standards are met to evidence improved patient outcomes and family/carer satisfaction levels.
  • Provide oversight and clinical support for the existing memory service.
  • Provide line management, clinical supervision and coaching responsibilities to staff, as appropriate, supporting and inspiring colleagues to improve standards and quality and improve professional practice.
  • To act as a change agent, and innovator planning, instigating and evaluating change as part of a cycle of continuous improvement.
  • Advise, appraise and support the MRC Matrons with professional nursing and care issues within the specialty

Person Specification

Application and interview


  • NMC registered
  • Msc level study in relevant subject
  • clinical experience with dementia and delirium


  • Safeguarding experience
  • Quality Improvement experience

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


John Radcliffe Hospital

Headley Way



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