Admiral Nurse Ian Weatherhead, has been appointed to head and develop a national helpline for those affected by dementia.
He will be lead nurse at the charity For Dementia’s national specialist nurse helpline Admiral Nursing DIRECT.
Mr Weatherhead was publicly thanked in February by television presenter John Suchet for supporting him and his wife Bonnie, who has early-onset dementia.
Mr Weatherhead said: ‘This is such an exciting new opportunity – it allows me to bring a wealth of experience of dementia to this pioneering role and develop a truly national service. Our aim is to provide high quality support for more families affected by dementia, quickly.’
But he added that his new role was ‘not without its challenges’. ‘Funding will need to be secured and in the current climate this will not be an easy task,’ he said.
Mr Weatherhead has over 30 years experience in mental health, working as a hospital charge nurse and eventually becoming lead nurse for NHS Highlands.
He became an Admiral Nurse in 2006, taking up his first post at Central North West London Foundation Trust.