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Newcastle set to get first dementia specialist nurse post

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Dementia charities are seeking to recruit the first Admiral nurse to provide much-needed support to families affected by dementia in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Local charity Dementia Care is working with national charity Dementia UK to find a specialist nurse to take on the role, which would be the first of its kind in the area.

“Admiral nursing interventions have been proven to avert avoidable and costly crises”

Hilda Hayo

The post will be based locally with Dementia Care, with ongoing training, monitoring and governance provided by Dementia UK, which supports the development of Admiral nursing across the country.

Dementia Care’s chief executive Dave Stevens said an Admiral nurse would be a very welcome addition to the charity’s team and enhance the support it could offer.

“They bring an additional level of expertise and specialist training, which will be of huge benefit to people with dementia and their families,” he said.

“As the North East’s leading care provider for those with dementia, we are delighted to be strengthening our team in this way,” he added.

Hilda Hayo, chief Admiral nurse and chief executive of Dementia UK, said the North East needed more specialist dementia nurses.

“The North East of England is an area that is in urgent need of Admiral nurses and we are very pleased to be working with Dementia Care to bring Admiral nursing to Newcastle,” she said.

Hilda Hayo

Hilda Hayo

Hilda Hayo

“Admiral nursing interventions have been proven to avert avoidable and costly crises and reduce hospital admissions and early residential care,” she added.

The appointment has been made possible in part through support from the Northstar Foundation, a local trust that has provided 25% of the funding for the first two years.

Dementia Care is providing another 25% and Dementia UK is funding the remaining 50% for the first two years.

Recruitment to the role is now underway. The closing date for applications is 8 February.

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  • It's common sense to provide knowledgable and cost-effective, humane care to those suffering dementia but common sense is quite rare in NHS Senior Managers who are often only shaped by financial and/or doctor training. So this action by Newcastle upon Tyne is to be applauded.

    To increase the nursing advisory input, It remains necessary to regulate and make checks upon NHS senior managers in the way that other clinicians are regulated and checked, and government need to ensure that nursing advice is proportionately represented when policies are developed (which they are not) especially since so very many people are now aware of the appalling treatment that those suffering dementia are often subjected to in the current situation.

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