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Memory Assessment Service Team Leader

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We invite you to apply for North Memory Assessment Services (MAS) Team Lead.

We are offering an exciting opportunity to be the lead for Huntingdon, Peterborough and Fenland MAS that currently delivers assessment for dementia diagnosis using home visits, clinic attendance and by exception remote technology. The successful candidate will have strong organisational skills to enable the services to flex with the changing requirements of offering dementia diagnosis and post diagnostic support. The Service model is closely aligned with MSNAP principles and has a high volume of referrals.

The team consists of Psychiatrists, Neurologist, Nurse practitioner and a Nurse consultant. There is close working with Psychology / Occupational Therapy and some co-location with the Alzheimer's society and social care. We are looking for someone with a keen interest in dementia and older people's care with the necessary organisational skills to coordinate a geographically dispersed service.

Main duties of the job

-The post holder will work with the locality mental health teams in conjunction with stakeholders including the General Practitioners, core team members, specialist services and partner agencies from within and beyond the organisation.

-To ensure that memory assessment pathway is delivered as a diagnostic service for Dementia and to ensure smooth communication and transitions within local services.

-Undertake and coordinate assessments to determine patient needs.

-Collaborate with key partners and stakeholders including local authorities and independent/private sector providers to introduce dementia medication where appropriate and meet the needs of patients and their families/carers whilst working at all times to reduce risk.

-To ensure that adults and older people experience a timely, effective and person centred approach.

-To manage and provide clinical supervision and leadership to a defined group of staff working within the specified localities, within the Memory Assessment Service (MAS).

-The post holder will support the development of skills in relation to Multi disciplinary working, discharge planning/transfer and co-ordination of care in order to achieve a standardised approach and competency.

-To contribute to the management and coordination of the community mental health response, including triage and referrer liaison.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • Work within the model of the MAS providing clinical leadership on the matters relating to mental health interventions.
  • Clinically supervise mental health practitioners within the MAS and ensure that there is excellent communication and planning for mental health interventions and discharge.
  • Ensure systems are in place to receive and manage referrals to the team and delegation to staff members with the level of skill and competence required to meet patient need.
  • Provide leadership on the assessment and care planning/ interventions for patients whose presentations may frequently be complex and multi-factorial in nature. Collaborate with the integrated team, Advanced Practitioners/ medical colleagues, and other stakeholders involved in care.
  • Undertake triage and reviews for appropriate patients being responsible for ensuring care plans are in place have been delivered and complete relevant documentation.

*DVLA have a number of reciprocal arrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse Level 1, or general nurse with relevant experience or equivalent AHP qualification.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrate continuous professional development


  • Non-medical prescribing
  • Management/leadership qualification



  • Demonstrate effective liaison with care providers, voluntary and statutory partners.
  • Proven record of experience and achievement in mental health assessment, care of adults and older people
  • Evidence of effective leadership management in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Knowledge of common mental health conditions effecting adults and older people.


  • Budget management
  • Managing across sites

Skills and Abilities


  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision.
  • Experience of clinical supervision and leadership
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and in writing.
  • Ability to influence and negotiate

Knowledge and Understanding


  • Understands and adheres to the principles of confidentiality.
  • Accepts responsibility and professional accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others
  • Recognises the limits of own authority within the role
  • Seeks and uses professional leads/ knowledge base and in partnership support staff appropriately
  • Able to utilise electronic patient records systm one
  • Secure knowledge of the indicators of dementia and its progression.

Physical Requirements


  • Manages strong emotions and responds constructively to the source of problems.
  • Encourages others to express themselves openly
  • Has a range of mechanisms for dealing with stress.
  • Has a realistic knowledge of personal strengths and space for development
  • In highly stressful situations keeps own feelings in check and takes constructive action and calms others down.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust





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