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Memory Nurse

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
27 Jun 2024
37.5 Hours Per Week

Kirklees Memory Assessment Service are seeking to recruit a Band 5 nurse to work within their team. This exciting opportunity is to work 37.5 hours per week with the Memory Assessment Service. This full-time post is based at Folly Hall in Huddersfield and the role will cover both North and South Kirklees.

You would be working with a well-established multidisciplinary team that supports staff to develop both personally and professionally. We have a mix of Memory Nurses, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Social Care Professionals and Occupational Therapists, with access to Dietetics and Psychology. A full comprehensive induction will be provided and access to further training options.

Kirklees Memory Assessment Service has recently received their third MSNAP accreditation, which is endorsed by the CQC. The service has also received a Sustainable Mental Health Service Commendation.

You will need to be able to work autonomously as well as within a team and be able to assess risks for people with dementia.

We are aware that an increasing number of applicants are using AI technology to generate responses on NHS Job application forms. We strongly discouraged and we will conduct a thorough screening process before selecting candidates to progress to the next stage. If you are using AI to enhance your application, please disclose this in your NHS Jobs application form.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work within the remit of the Band 5 job description which involves:

Undertaking initial assessments of service users

- Intervention work, risk management and clinical decision making in line with leadership.

- Work in a collaborative manner with others to ensure seamless service delivery.

- Participate in the use of reflective practice, nursing research, and clinical supervision.

The service places staff clinical and management supervision, appraisal, support and professional development as a high priority.

Experience of working within the community would be advantageous.

Full UK driving licence and use of own car is essential.

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

JOB PURPOSE: The post holder will be responsible and accountable for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of skilled interventions to address identified needs and risk for allocated clients on a defined caseload. Works within a multi-disciplinary team as a member of a Memory Service.

To work as a member of an integrated multi-disciplinary team providing comprehensive assessment of clients and their carers, planning, implementing and evaluating skilled interventions to address identified needs.

To have knowledge of current issues and research relevant to the legislative framework and systems in which mental health care is delivered to people with memory problems e.g. CPA, MHA (1983).

To contribute to service development within the clinical governance structure and policies and procedures of the Trust. Adhering to NHS guidance outlined by the relevant statutory registration bodies.

Assesses needs and identifies problems relevant to the care of people referred. Devises a plan of care in partnership with the person and carers. Implements the planned programme of care to ensure a high standard is achieved. Reviews the effectiveness of the care provided and where appropriate initiates any action.

To be competent in all aspects of care and risk management as defined within the framework of the care programme approach.

To work collaboratively with clients, carers and multiple other agencies to provide effective care to optimize and maintain clients mental health and overall functioning, ensuring needs are met.

Management of enquiries and direct referrals of people in accordance with the Memory Service Operational Policy and participates in the team duty rota. To participate in the team duty rota.

Maintain professional registration and demonstrate commitment to statutory codes of practice and continued professional development requirements.

Provide peer supervision and support to other team members and to take personal responsibility and supervise junior staff in the maintenance of written and electronic client and Trust records including inputting data related to own work activity. To identify any areas of concern to a senior member of staff.

To have an understanding of and participate in the clinical audit process.

To have an awareness of evidence based practice relevant to the specialist area and participate in the education of individuals and target group.

To participate in the Trusts values based appraisal system, understanding appropriate training and participating in personal development opportunities.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse.


  • Experience of mentoring/supporting learners or ability to demonstrate the skills required for effective mentoring.

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to work on as part of MDT.
  • Good communication skills. Ability to work on own initiative, with reference to policies and procedures.
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability).
  • A willingness to work flexibly to meet the needs of services users and the team including extended hours.
  • Reliable and enthusiastic.
  • Motivated and resourceful.
  • Professional attitude.

Special Knowledge and Skills


  • Working knowledge of recent government legislation e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Health & Safety, Care Programme Approach, Care Act & Safeguarding.
  • Able to work incorporating principles of Clinical Governance.
  • Knowledge of working collaboratively with people and their carers to ensure their involvement in the assessment and care planning process
  • Shows awareness of cultural diversity and is able to incorporate this into care planning and the delivery of care.
  • Knowledge and evidence of using IT systems.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of audit processes.
  • Knowledge of carer services/ issues/ assessment.


  • Knowledge of audit processes.
  • Knowledge of carers services / issues / assessment.



  • Can demonstrate skills in assessing and managing people experiencing mental health problems this must include experience of the people experiencing memory problems as specialist area.
  • Can demonstrate skills in assessing and managing risk in a variety of settings.
  • Proven ability in assessing the needs and strengths of people and their carers.
  • Ability to deliver a range of therapeutic techniques which can be incorporated into one to one and / or group interventions.
  • Working within an integrated multi-disciplinary environment and co-working with other teams within team meetings, case conferences and professional meetings.


  • Ability to support colleagues and supervise students/trainees.
  • Experience of working.
  • holistically with adults with an emphasis on coexisting mental and physical health needs that impacts on well being.



  • Assessment and care planning skills and risk assessment and risk management.


  • Relevant Post basic qualification and training.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post.
  • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Folly Hall Mills

St Thomas' Road



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