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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 09/06/2022.

Admiral Nurse

Job Reference: 185-A-22-122639

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (formerly Royal Devon and Exeter NHS FT)
Hospital Wide
£40,057 - £45,839 per annum pro rata

We offer a fantastic benefits package with competitive pay rates, annual leave of 27 days increasing to 33 days after 10 years, access to the NHS Pension Scheme to which you and the Trust contribute. Our Medical workforce has separate arrangements. Alongside this there are extensive training development opportunities with paid mandatory training, support for flexible working and access to an On-site Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ Nursery. We promote a healthy work life balance, provide an Occupational Health Service to support you at work and have a number of NHS discounts available either directly through ourselves or online through NHS Discounts. As part of our recruitment process we can tell you more about our benefits package and you will see that we offer everything you would expect and more!

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides Acute and Community services across Exeter and East Devon serving a population of more than 450,000 people. In our latest CQC full inspection of our services, the Royal Devon received an overall rating of “good”. We were rated as “outstanding” for our Emergency and Critical Care services, and for Caring Trustwide.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked as the joint best performing non-specialist Trust in the country for overall patient experience of care in the 2016 Care Quality Commission (CQC) Adult Inpatient Survey.

The main hospital site is in the historical Cathedral city of Exeter that has abundant family amenities and beautiful surrounding countryside. It is situated in the middle of the South West Region with easy access to the countryside and coast of Devon and Cornwall. It is well served by rail, road and air links. Good educational facilities such as the University of Exeter and good Ofsted rated schools are available locally. Our Community sites are equally well positioned and are a good place to work.

Enjoy a good quality of life in the South West and be part of our caring workforce.

Admiral Nurse – Accelerator Learning Programme – Acute setting

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

2 x Band 7 Admiral Nurses – Agenda for change

37.5 hours per week


We are looking for an enthusiastic Nurse with a passion for looking after patients and their families with Dementia. The applicant must have experience of working with people who are living with Dementia. They must have a knowledge and understanding of the needs of patients who have dementia and be able to offer support to them and their family.


The role will involve setting up a new service. Support will be given by Dementia UK as well as the Royal Devon Hospital but the applicant must have experience of leadership and being able to work independently and autonomously.


In collaboration with Dementia UK, the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, has a unique opportunity for two Registered Nurses (RN, RMNH, RNLD) to become the Hospital’s first Admiral Nurses and join the Admiral Nurse Accelerator Learning Programme (ALP).


The ALP, developed by Dementia UK, is designed to support nurses to become a dementia specialist Admiral Nurse and launch a new Admiral Nursing service.


The post holder will be employed by the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust based across the hospital and supporting transitions of care from home, community and hospital. The Admiral Nurses will work under the direct management of the Clinical Matron for Healthcare for Older People and will be supported clinically by the Consultant Nurse for Older People.


About Admiral Nurses



As dementia specialists, Admiral Nurses help families manage complex needs, considering the person living with dementia and the people around them. They provide tailored clinical advice and psychological support, support families in their caring role and support other health and care professionals through the sharing of best practice.



About the host Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust


You will be employed by the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust The benefits of working for this organisation include [details].


About the Accelerator Learning Programme


The ALP is a six-month blended learningprogramme. You will divide your time between study days (2.5 days a week) and developing a new Admiral Nursing service within the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (2.5 days)


You will:


  • develop the specialist skills, clinical expertise and leadership skills needed to practise as a Band 7 dementia specialist Admiral Nurse
  • receive dedicated support from the ALP Team, experienced Consultant Admiral Nurses and Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust staff, who will support you to develop and launch a successful Admiral Nursing service
  • have access to the Dementia UK Admiral Nurse Academy – supporting specialist professional and practice development
  • become part of a community of passionate specialist dementia nurses


You will receive ongoing support from Dementia UK during and after the programme to maintain and strengthen your clinical expertise. You will have the opportunity to access relevant postgraduate courses and to continue to develop professionally through the Admiral Nurse Competency Framework.


About the role


The successful applicantwill be an NMC Registered Nurse,withpost-registration clinical experience of supporting families affected by dementia. They will demonstratecommitment to the ALP and a passion for dementia nursing.


Improving the experience of families affected by dementia, the role will involve:

  • 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
  • Clinical leadership with policy development and quality improvements
  • Consultancy to other health and social care professionals regarding dementia



To find out more about the role of an Admiral Nurse, we encourage candidates to complete Dementia UK’s free online Pre Admiral Nurse eLearning course.

Please see the job description and person specification for more information about the post and for an informal conversation about the role please contact:



ALP Programme Lead – Gill Maidens | | 07849832401

Kerry Lyons, Consultant Admiral Nurse (Acute), Dementia UK,, 07590 430869

Nicky Green Clinical Matron, Healthcare for Older People. 07824623871

Debbie Cheeseman Consultant Nurse for Older People 07775922293


Closing date:20th April 2022

Interview date:18th May 2022

Our vision is to provide safe, high quality seamless services delivered with courtesy and respect. To achieve our vision we expect all our staff to uphold our Trust values. Our Trust values are:
Honesty, Openness & Integrity
Inclusion & Collaboration
Respect & Dignity

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



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