New service to boost dementia care in Rugby

The Admiral nurses.
The Admiral nurses.

A new service is being launched to help families and carers of people in Rugby with dementia.

Admiral nurses have been appointed thanks to a partnership between NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group, Dementia UK, Coventry and Rugby GP Alliance and Coventry University.

All of the six Admiral Nurses will be funded by NHS Coventry and Rugby CCG and Dementia UK, with two also funded by Coventry University where the nurses will help develop a strategy for dementia education and teach across health profession courses.

Admiral nurses are registered specialist dementia nurses with significant experience and provide expert practical, clinical and emotional support to families living with dementia.

They play a unique role in care management by joining up the different parts of the health and social care system, so the needs of family carers and people with dementia can be addressed in a co-ordinated way.

Most Admiral Nurses work for the NHS in communities, helping people with dementia to stay at home for longer, but they also work in other settings including GP practices.

Dementia UK, who developed the Admiral Nursing model, will govern and monitor the Admiral Nurse service.

Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO, Dementia UK, said: “We are delighted that six Admiral Nurses have been appointed to the Coventry and Rugby area, to not only help local families living with dementia but also to help train nursing students, so we have a future workforce of nurses who are qualified to support people with dementia and their carers.

“The Admiral Nursing model is proven to give carers the skills and emotional support they need to ensure the well-being of the person with dementia, and to avoid a crisis intervention.”

Initially referrals to the service will be made by local Memory Clinics or from GP practices but this will expand once the service becomes more established.

All six nurses will work for the Coventry and Rugby GP Alliance.