A specialist dementia nurse has been appointed one of a small number of Admiral nurses based in care homes.
Jakki Whitehead, a service manager for people with dementia at Riversway Nursing Home in Bristol, is currently the only Admiral nurse in the city.
“I knew that becoming an Admiral nurse would help us to provide a relevant and responsive service”
She is also one of just 19 nurses in the UK appointed to the specialist role in a care home.
Ms Whitehead is now one of 179 Admiral nurses working across the UK, under a national network overseen by the charity Dementia UK.
The appointment will see her get extra training and support to become a leader in dementia care, providing a range of practical and emotional support to people with dementia and their families, and promoting good practice among fellow care professionals.
Care home role for only Admiral nurse in Bristol
“I knew that becoming an Admiral nurse would help us to provide a relevant and responsive service and to be recognised in the community as a provider of excellence,” said Ms Whitehead, who has been working in mental health for 30 years.
“The partnership with Dementia UK and the support and expertise that it provides will help us roll out specialist-level leadership in dementia care within Springhill, informing good practice, training and promoting good communication,” she added.
The role is being supported by Riversway, which is run by the Springhill Care Group, in partnership with Dementia UK. As well as Riversway, the Springhill group runs two care homes and a supported living service.