Job overview

This vacancy is advertised on a fixed term contract basis for a period of 24 months due to the post being externally funded. The fixed term contract status of the post holder will be reviewed in accordance with the Trust’s legal obligations regarding fixed term contracts taking into consideration the ongoing source of the external funding and the requirement for the post to be maintained.

In collaboration with Dementia UK, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals are looking to recruit an exceptional registered nurse with a passion for, and experience of, providing relationship centred dementia care to join our team as an Admiral Nurse.

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who work with and support people with dementia and their families. As the Band 7 Admiral Nurse, you will be based between the Northern General/Royal Hallamshire Hospitals and in the community; working within the acute inpatient setting, and post discharge follow up in care homes and home settings, to influence, deliver and coordinate relationship centred dementia care.

Main duties of the job

As an Admiral Nurse, you will deliver specialist one -to-one support, guidance and practical solutions for families, alongside supporting best practice and providing role modelling within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. You will also influence and lead on the delivery of work streams that improve the experience of care for people living with dementia, and their families throughout their hospital stay and across care transitions.

Working for our organisation

You will be employed by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals on a 2 year fixed term contract, working under the direct management of one of the geriatric matrons, within the Combined, Community and Acute Care Group. You will receive ongoing support from Dementia UK to maintain and strengthen your clinical expertise as a specialist nurse within dementia care. You will also become part of the wider network of Admiral Nurses and will have the opportunity to access relevant post graduate courses and develop professionally, as informed by the Admiral Nurse Competency Framework.

The successful applicant will be an NMC registered nurse, with significant post-registration clinical experience of working with people with dementia and supporting their carers/supporters in different settings, including the acute setting, along with formal knowledge of dementia acquired through clinical post-graduate training/education.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will provide specialist one to one support, guidance and practical solutions for families, alongside supporting best practice and providing role modelling within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. You will also influence and lead on the delivery of work streams that improve the experience of care for people living with dementia and their families, throughout their hospital stay and across care transitions.

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • registered nurse RMN/RNMH/RN/RNLD
  • post registration qualification/training in dementia/post-graduate training/education in dementia/older people
  • willingness to complete Dementia UK’s pre-Admiral Nursing e-learning course prior to starting in post
  • willingness to work towards continued professional and practice development through Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurse Academy, including level 6 or 7 Admiral Nurse Competency Framework Module
  • Desirable criteria

  • Masters level qualification in dementia/older people’s care
  • mentorship or relevant teaching qualification
  • Experience

    Essential criteria

  • significant post-registration clinical experience of working with people with dementia and their carers/families in different settings, including acute care s
  • experience of NHS discharge process/experience of coordinating complex discharges/experience of completing holistic nursing assessments
  • experience of providing bio-psychological interventions/managing care across care transitions
  • recent involvement in practice/service development
  • experience of facilitating and delivering training/professional supervision of staff
  • experience of working as an autonomous practitioner
  • experience of audit/evaluating clinical practice
  • Desirable criteria

  • experience of undertaking staff staff performance reviews
  • experience of working with patients/clients to develop practice
  • experience of older persons medicine and palliative care
  • experience of supporting systematic practice development/quality improvement
  • Skills and knowledge

    Essential criteria

  • demonstrate all 6 Admiral Nurse competencies: person centred care, therapeutic skills, triadic relationship centred working, sharing knowledge, delivering best practice, critical reflective practiceskills
  • effective role modelling, good organisational skills, collaborative working, good facilitation and presentation skills
  • ability to use IT to improve delivery of care, ability to collect and analyse data for service evaluation and development
  • application of sources of research to evaluate and enhance practice
  • evidence of continued professional development
  • knowledge of discharge pathways
  • ability to work autonomously and as part of a team/organise own workload and that of others
  • excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills
  • Desirable criteria

  • understanding of competency frameworks
  • personal qualities

    Essential criteria

  • ability to build constructive relationships with empathy, demonstrating integrity, compassion and caring
  • ability to work under pressure
  • enhanced communication, coordination skills
  • flexible and adaptable, good timekeeping and attendance
  • demonstrates PROUD values
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    Applicant requirements

    You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

    Documents to download

  • JD and PS (PDF, 344.6KB)
  • Dementia UK information pack (PDF, 769.2KB)
  • Candidate Application Best Practice Guide – please read before completing your application (PDF, 236.3KB)
  • Information for Applicants on the Trust & Selection Process (PDF, 763.8KB)
  • Getting to Work at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (PDF, 501.0KB)
  • Candidates with Disabilities Useful Contacts (PDF, 113.1KB)
  • Applicants – How We Use Your Information (PDF, 87.4KB)
  • Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders (PDF, 124.0KB)
  • Staff Benefits (PDF, 2.7MB)
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    Further details / informal visits contact

    NameEsme BlythJob titleNurse Director MSKEmail addressesme.blyth@nhs.netTelephone number0114 2269336Additional information

    Richard Vakis-Lowe

    Regional Account Manager Dementia UK