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Admiral Nurse

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional Nurse with experience of delivering specialist dementia care, to become an Admiral Nurse for Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, covering Woodbury, Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton (WEB) area. We are looking for a Registered Nurse (adult/mental health/learning disability) with the ability to balance managing a clinical caseload of families affected by dementia with complex needs, alongside developing and maintaining a service. You will be a leader in role-modelling excellent dementia care and use your skills, knowledge and attributes to deliver training and education.

Main duties of the job

For more detail about the main duties of this role, please see the job description section below. As a key member of the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you will be joining an exceptional team working together to help our patients to stay healthy, when they need it most.

About us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford).

Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within peoples own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Its never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as youll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who support families and carers of people living with dementia. There are over 450 Admiral Nurses across the UK and you will be supported by the charity Dementia UK, with access to practice and professional development opportunities to further your career in this specialist area of nursing. You will be part of the WEB Community Nursing team with peer support from Honiton, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth (HOSMS) Dementia & Frailty Team and work alongside health and social care services to case manage families affected by dementia with complex needs in the community and across care transitions.

Please note that we are also recruiting for an Admiral Nurse post covering the Honiton area, with interviews taking place on the same day.

Main duties of the job

As an Admiral Nurse, you will use your expert clinical knowledge and skills, through a range of therapeutic interventions, to enhance relationships, prevent crises, support people to be cared for at home for as long as possible, and offer much-needed practical and emotional support to families - from the point of diagnosis through to post bereavement.

The post holder must be committed to practicing in a person- and relationship-centred way and have the compassion and drive to become a real ambassador for dementia care.

In line with the Admiral Nurse Competency framework at a specialist level, the post holder will provide:
  • Specialist bio-psychosocial assessment and support for people with dementia and families with complex needs
  • Facilitation of education and training for staff in the delivery of evidence-based dementia care
  • Support with service development and quality improvements in relation to dementia care
  • Consultancy to other health and social care professionals regarding dementia

Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and alongside adult services and third sector providers, you will have the opportunity to make a real difference to the care of families affected by dementia, and support the best practice of other health and social care professionals.

Alongside the Trust, Dementia UK will support you to maintain and strengthen your clinical expertise as a Specialist Nurse through regular clinical supervision and practice and professional development. You'll become part of a network of Admiral Nurses and will have the opportunity to develop and grow professionally, informed by the Admiral Nurse Competency Framework and the learning resources within the Admiral Nurse Academy.

Want to find out more before applying?

To find out more about the role of an Admiral Nurse, candidates are also encouraged to complete Dementia UKs free online Pre Admiral Nurse eLearning course

Working Pattern: To be negotiated within the working week of Monday to Friday.

Interview Date: Monday 22nd July 2024.

For further information please contact: Martine Dack, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, and Sidmouth Dementia and Frailty Team Manager on 07599233518, or Rachel Johnstone, Dementia UK on 07876 442923,

This is a fixed term contract for 2 years. For current NHS employees this post could be a secondment opportunity.

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Preference will be given to staff with Priority and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancies when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.


We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we'll help you get there.

Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you're starting out in the NHS, you'll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers.

You will also have access to other benefits including:

National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.

Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter

Car lease schemes.

The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).

Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available if the role is something you are interested in, we'd love to hear from you.

Person Specification

General Requirements


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description

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Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


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