Two new dementia specialist nurses have been created and appointed to in order to support patients in North and North East Lincolnshire.
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust has invested in the new roles to support staff, patients and carers to cope with an increase in demand.
“This is a significant investment which will see much needed support”
They will be looking at how to make hospital environments dementia friendly and supporting staff in initiatives, such as setting up memory boxes to help enhance the care for patients, said the trust.
Kate Scott will be working at Scunthorpe hospital and David Welburn will be based at Grimsby’s Diana Princess of Wales Hospital.
In addition to the new roles for dementia, two new acute learning disability liaison nurses are also being appointed at the trust.
Ms Scott has spent the last nine years working at the Goole Neuro-Rehab Centre supporting patients with brain injuries.
Meanwhile, Mr Welburn was previously at Humber NHS Foundation Trust where he worked as a mental health nurse in the older people’s community mental health team.
He said: “I’ve always been passionate about the care and support people with dementia and their carers receive. Dementia can bring its challenges and even more so in a hospital setting, so I hope this new role will have a positive impact for patients, carers and staff.”
Rachel Greenbeck, quality matron with a lead for dementia at the trust, said: “With a growing ageing population and an increase in acute admissions of people with dementia, this is a significant investment which will see much needed support for patients and their carers as well as our staff.”