A senior dementia nurse has been appointed as the first consultant Admiral nurse at an integrated care hospital, where she will lead the provision of co-ordinated and tailored care for patients with dementia.
Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust said the new role would help better support patients by reducing admissions, avoidable bed days and consultant meetings.
“Her new role will help her achieve even better outcomes for patients”
Pam Kehoe’s appointment comes as she has also been shortlisted for the Nursing Times Nurse of the Year Award for 2016. She will find out if she has won at an event in London later this month.
Last July – with the support of charity Dementia UK – she became the North of England’s first Admiral nurse in an acute hospital, and only the third in the country.
Tameside’s chief nurse Pauline Jones said Ms Kehoe would give practical and emotional support to dementia patients and their families, which was tailored to their “individual needs and challenges”.
“Her new role will help her achieve even better outcomes for patients and strengthen leadership within the dementia team of doctors, consultants, nurses, other health practitioners and carers,” she said.
“This is a high profile role, acting as the clinical lead in the provision of dementia services”
Ms Kehoe, who is a mental health nurse with over 25 years’ experience, described it as a privilege to be able to work with people with dementia and their families.
“It is such an honour to have the opportunity to be part of the fantastic journey of integrated care that Tameside Hospital is taking with staff, patients and the local communities to make sure their views are being heard and listened to,” she said.
“As a result, it has offered me the privileged position of being able to support people with dementia and their loved ones in a meaningful and proactive way,” she added.
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Trust chief executive Karen James, herself a nurse, said she believed the appointment would make a huge difference to levels of service and support.
“Pam will work collaboratively with staff and the community to provide a seamless approach to care for people living with dementia,” she said. “This is a high profile role, acting as the clinical lead in the provision of dementia services with a focus on both strategic and clinical issues.
“The role includes practical, clinical care of patients – and support for their family carers – along with the wider remit of consultation, education and evaluation, acting as the ‘expert resource’ for dementia in an integrate care setting,” she said.
Ms James said Ms Kehoe had a “real understanding and empathy” for supporting people with dementia and their loved ones.
She added: “Dementia UK are helping us achieve the gold standard of care I want to see available for everyone we care for.”
Hilda Hayo, chief Admiral nurse and chief executive of Dementia UK, said: “The consultant Admiral nurse provides strategic, professional, clinical leadership and consultancy in nursing practice contributing to and influencing training and education programmes to increase awareness and promote best practice in dementia care throughout the hospital.”
Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust was formerly called Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. It officially became an integrated care trust on 1 September this year.
Under the new badge, it will seek to co-ordinate with providers across social care, primary care and community services, mental health, voluntary groups and the wider population to try and raise local healthy life expectancy to the North West average within five years.
- Nicola Horrocks became the trust’s new head of midwifery on 1 October. Ms Horrocks, 47, joined the trust as a student midwife in 1993 and qualified in 1996.
- Wendy Hadfield, a sister in the trust’s critical care unit, was praised last month for helping save the life of a young child while on holiday in Majorca. Working with a pool lifeguard, she gave four or five cycles of CPR and mouth to mouth to the boy from Surrey who has now fully recovered.