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Charity post will help develop dementia nurse network

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The charity that provides nurse support to dementia patients has revealed a new senior clinical appointment that it says will be “key to development” of its specialist nursing service across the UK.

Former nurse Kay Atkinson has been appointed director of clinical services of Dementia UK, the charity providing support for families facing dementia through its Admiral nursing service.

“I am extremely proud and privileged to be appointed to this new role”

Kay Atkinson

The new role will lead on the charity’s strategic goal to gather evaluation data on the Admiral nurse service, demonstrating the value of specialist dementia nurses in supporting families.

The post has been funded by a £90,000 grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the nationwide charitable arm of the Freemasons.

Ms Atkinson has 35 years’ worth of experience in the NHS, having started her career as a nurse.

She has also worked in senior management positions in national health and social care charitable organisations and as a local government officer.

She will be working alongside Dementia UK chief executive and chief Admiral nurse, Dr Hilda Hayo, to provide clinical leadership to the 200 Admiral Nurses currently spread across the country.

Hilda Hayo

Hilda Hayo

Hilda Hayo

Ms Atkinson said: “I am extremely proud and privileged to be appointed to this new role to contribute to developing Admiral nursing across the UK and ensure that we are able to increase our level of support for those living with dementia both now and in the future.”

Chris Moore, provincial grand master from Sussex Freemasons, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support this important new position within Dementia UK’s Admiral nursing team.

“These nurses provide vital support for families facing dementia and this new appointment will help them to be even better,” he added.

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