Families across Swansea are now benefiting from the expertise of specialist dementia nurses, as two new Admiral nurses, the first of their kind in South Wales, are now in post.
The two nurses were brought to Swansea through a partnership comprising the private HMT Sancta Maria Hospital, charity Dementia UK, and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.
“We both bring different experience and expertise to the role”
Rob Kempson and Donna Owens are being fully funded for three years by Sancta Maria Hospital, as part of its charitable remit to invest in the local community.
They will be employed by the health board and be located in, and work closely with, its acute clinical team. Dementia UK will be providing them with ongoing training, development and support.
They are now in post and will initially hold a small caseload while they develop their new service and work with health and social care colleagues, including community nurses, to let them know about the specialist dementia support they can provide to families.
Before they became Admiral nurses in Swansea, they were both registered nurses and have over 25 years of experience between them of working with people living with dementia.
Admiral nurse clinical lead Mr Kempson, said: “Donna and I feel very privileged to be employed into this new role.
“I previously worked as an Admiral Nurse in London and have witnessed first-hand, the benefits and support this unique role has made to families living with Dementia,” he said.
“We both bring different experience and expertise to the role and look forward to providing this much needed service to the people living in Swansea,” he added.
“We are delighted that our two Admiral nurses are now in post in Swansea”
Hazel Powell, the health board’s nurse director for mental health and learning disability, said: “I am delighted to see these posts in place.
“I am sure the positive contribution that Admiral nurses make will be welcomed by people with dementia, their families and carers and will support services across South Wales to ensure the right care and support is in place for people with dementia, their families and carers,” she said.
Dr Hilda Hayo, Dementia UK’s chief Admiral nurse and chief executive, said: “We are delighted that our two Admiral nurses are now in post in Swansea.
“We believe that everyone who needs the support of a specialist dementia nurse should get one and a huge thanks must go to HMT Sancta Maria Hospital and to ABMU for their involvement in providing this vital service,” she added.