A specialist dementia nurse has been appointed to provide end of life care to families in Staffordshire for the first time.
The Douglas Macmillan Hospice – known locally as “The Dougie Mac” – has appointed an Admiral nurse, the first in Staffordshire and only the fourth to be based in a hospice in the UK.
“This is a really exciting partnership”
Wendy Mountford has recently joined the hospice from the North Staffordshire Memory Service and will provide specialist dementia support to families in both the hospice and local community.
The service is due to open for referrals this month. It has been developed in partnership with Dementia UK, the charity that provides dementia support for families through Admiral nursing.
Ms Mountford said: “I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity and hope to make a real difference to people who have a dementia diagnosis and also their carers.”
Dr Hilda Hayo, chief Admiral nurse and chief executive at Dementia UK, said: “Wendy’s expertise will make a real contribution to enhancing end of life care to local families affected by dementia.”
The post will initially be a two-year secondment from the North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust.
Darryl Gwinnet, older peoples’ service manager with North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare, said: “This is a really exciting partnership… that will make a big difference to lives of people living with dementia as well as their families and carers.
“I’m sure Wendy will really shine in her new position… Her appointment forms part of the work we are undertaking to further enhance the dementia and old age psychiatric care we provide,” she said.