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Dementia Assessment Nurse

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Apr 2023

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Nurse, Community mental health nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic, skilled and competent mental health nurse, with an interest in the care of older adults, to work within our Diagnostic Memory Clinic.

The Tower Hamlets Memory Clinic provides a dynamic, innovative and responsive service for the population where dementia diagnosis rates are increasing. The clinic provides high quality comprehensive assessments and diagnosis for people experiencing cognitive decline by working actively in partnership with service users, carers and relatives. This includes quality post-diagnostic support and intervention that promotes independence, social inclusion and maintains quality of life.

The service works in partnership with other teams, statutory and voluntary agencies as well as universities and other research organisations.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for supporting a caseload of service users through the diagnostic pathway by providing comprehensive cognitive assessments and post-diagnostic support.

The service is committed to learning and development. As a part of your role, you will be both supported to engage in a range of exciting developmental opportunities

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations

Job description Job responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.

A conversation with the recruiting manager is strongly encouraged

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse.
  • Educated to diploma or degree level
  • Evidence of continual professional development
  • Higher Education qualification in Mental Health.
  • Trained Adult Safeguarding Enquiry officer or willing to undertake Enquiry Officer training.
  • ENB 998/ Mentorship Course or equivalent
  • Evidence of continual professional development related to cognitive impairment / dementia/frailty care.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as a qualified nurse within a Memory Clinic or similar Dementia Diagnostic service.
  • Experience of community caseload management.
  • Experience in working with a diverse community in a complex environment.
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-professional or multi agency team
  • Experience of conducting holistic psycho-social assessments and providing comprehensive care and support plans based on individual need.
  • Experience of working in an ethnically - diverse inner city area.
  • Experience of working with the older adult community.
  • Experience of working within an integrated Health and Social Care Team.
  • Experience of conducting standardised cognitive tests.
  • Experience of facilitating support groups.
Knowledge Essential
  • Understanding of the Mental Health Act 1983(as amended in 2007).
  • Understanding of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and how the act is used to support service users and carers / relatives.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Care Act 2014.
  • Understanding of the principles of CPA and the Recovery Model.
  • Up to date knowledge of the current approaches to mental health nursing.
  • Up to date knowledge of the issues that impact individuals and carers affected by mental health and or cognitive impairment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of approaches to risk assessment and management.
  • Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding adults and children.
  • Understanding of the key themes of clinical governance and evidence based practice.
  • Understanding of the key principles of post dementia diagnosis support.
  • Knowledge and understanding of equal opportunities policies and practice and how they affect staff, service users and carers.
  • Human Rights Act 1998.
Skills Essential
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to prioritise workload.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously and independently.
  • Ability to be innovative in practice.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Good IT skills.
  • Ability to engage with people with serious mental health problems in a holistic manner.
  • To be able to administer medications including intramuscular injections in line local and national medications policies and procedures.
  • To able to confidently deescalate potential violence and aggressive situations using trust taught PMVA deescalation and breakaway techniques.
  • Be proficient in the use of Excel, power point and Team.
  • To able to use the above applications to deliver training and facilitate groups.

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