A specialist nurse has been appointed at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight to support patients living with dementia at the end of their lives, as well as their families and carers.
The post is a partnership between the hospice and the charity Dementia UK, which oversees Admiral nurses. The appointment will extend the Admiral nursing team on the Isle of Wight to five.
“This unique partnership will hopefully blaze the trail for more Admiral nurses”
It has come about due to the generosity of the island community and tireless fundraising efforts of Lady Sally Grylls, who is a champion for dementia care on the Island, said Dementia UK.
Experienced palliative care and end of life specialist Jill George is to take up the position from 1 September 2016. She joined the hospice in 2003 to set up the then Hospice@Home team, which enabled people to remain in their own homes until the end of their lives, if that was their choice.
Ms George will also work closely with the newly established NHS funded Admiral nurses at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust. Access to the hospice Admiral nurse will be via health and social care professionals.
Ms George said: “I am looking forward to working alongside people diagnosed with dementia who are coming to the end of life, their families and formal carers to raise awareness and develop coping strategies, to help them live as well as possible.
Dementia nurse post for Isle of Wight hospice
“A key part of my role will be to train Earl Mountbatten staff and volunteers to enable us to extend our reach, as well as working together with all of the Admiral nurses on the Island, so we can support people, families and carers every step of the way,” she said.
Nigel Hartley, chief executive of Earl Mountbatten Hospice, said: “Dementia is becoming an increasingly significant factor in how we care for people coming to the end of their lives, and importantly, how we support their families and other care agencies.
“This will further enhance our leading end of life services and offer our island community a unique resource in this highly expert area of care,” he said.
Lady Sally Grylls added: “This is a unique partnership which hopefully will blaze the trail for more Admiral nurses to serve in local communities all over the Isle of Wight.”