A new charity partnership will provide specialist dementia nursing expertise for staff at a Norfolk-based independent domiciliary care provider and the wider community of people it supports
A new post has been created via a partnership between Prestige Nursing + Care and Dementia UK, the charity that runs the Admiral nursing specialist dementia support service.
“I will be supporting families with the most complex needs to enable them to provide care at home for as long as possible”
The role will see experienced Admiral nurse Sue Jones supporting the organisation’s dementia care credentials at national level as well as providing local support to families in the local area.
Ms Jones’ role will be mainly geared towards providing “exemplary training” to Prestige Nursing + Care staff, said the provider.
As part of this, she will be looking at the provider’s policies and procedures to “ensure they reflect the needs, rights and wishes of people with dementia and their families”, it said.
However, the role will also see her working closely in the local community. This will include providing support for people with rarer types of dementia, such as young onset Alzheimer’s, so families have access to the most suitable care pathways to meet their complex needs.
Ms Jones has previously worked as an Admiral nurse at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust between 2013 and 2016 as well as being an associate tutor across the health sciences curriculum at East Anglia University. She is also a specialist advisor to the Care Quality Commission.
Ms Jones said: “It’s a huge honour to undertake this post with Prestige Nursing + Care. As the Admiral nurse, I will be supporting families with the most complex needs to enable them to provide care at home for as long as possible.
“This role will also provide the opportunity to work with families and other stakeholders to undertake further research into the impact home care services can have on outcomes for both people with dementia and their family carers,” she said.
Jonathan Bruce, managing director of Prestige Nursing + Care, said: “It is excellent that we can offer such comprehensive support for those living with dementia.
“Dementia UK does tremendous work and we’re really pleased that we can offer this support in the community,” he said.
Dr Hilda Hayo, chief executive and chief Admiral nurse at Dementia UK, added: “It’s essential that families are given the support to help them live more confidently with the condition.
“For this to happen, we need to work closely with a range of organisations and this is why our partnership with Prestige Nursing + Care will make all the difference,” she said.
“Sue Jones is our first Admiral nurse at this domiciliary care provider and we are honoured to have someone with such amazing background and experience start this post,” said Dr Hayo.
Dementia UK currently has 273 Admiral Nurses and it is well on track to have 300 in place by 2020.