The charity that runs the Admiral nursing service has appointed a nurse to a senior role intended to help expand the specialist dementia support it provides in UK.
Dementia UK has appointed Paul Edwards as its director of clinical services, where he will “help more families with complex needs have access to the unique expertise of an Admiral nurse”.
“It’s an absolute privilege to join this growing charity”
Mr Edwards’ role will be focussed on the provision of new and existing Admiral nurse services up and down the country, said Dementia UK.
It added that he would also be overseeing the development of Admiral nurse clinics, which facilitate introductions to families who need to have someone truly expert and caring by their side.
He has previously worked across the NHS, academia and the independent sector, with senior roles at Bradford University and Bupa.
As a nurse specialising in dementia, he is a “strong advocate of person-centred approaches for the highest quality of care”, stated his new employer.
Mr Edwards said: “It’s an absolute privilege to join this growing charity. After working in older people’s care for over 25 years, I have seen how dementia is affecting more and more families.
“That’s why the emotional and practical lifeline offered by Dementia UK’s Admiral nurse service is so crucial,” he said.
The post is being funded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation through donations from Freemasons and their families.
Hilda Hayo, Dementia UK’s chief Admiral nurse and chief executive, said: “I am delighted to welcome Paul to Dementia UK and we are most grateful to the Freemasons for generously funding his position.”
She noted that the charity currently had 224 Admiral nurses working with families throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
“Paul will play a vital role in ensuring that every family affected by dementia has access to the dementia expertise and experience of an Admiral nurse,” she said.
David Innes, chief executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, said: “These nurses provide vital support for families facing dementia and Paul’s appointment will help them continue their fantastic work.”