Rutland in the East Midlands has appointed its first Admiral nurse via a partnership between the charity that oversees the service nationally and the county’s council.
Angela Moore has been appointed to the post by Rutland County Council in partnership with Dementia UK.
“It’s a privilege to be Rutland’s first Admiral nurse”
As a result, Rutland has become only the second local authority in the whole of the UK to have a dedicated Admiral nurse among its social care services.
Ms Moore will provide support to families facing the most complex cases of dementia in the community, working alongside existing services to improve the wellbeing of carers as well as the person with dementia.
Before starting her role at Rutland County Council, she was an Admiral nurse at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire, supporting patients with dementia and their families.
Dementia UK noted that she had previous experience of working with hospital staff to improve dementia care in wards.
It said part of her new role in Rutland would be an extension of this work by encouraging best practice and education among health and social care professionals throughout the community.
Ms Moore said: “It’s a privilege to be Rutland’s first Admiral nurse and to provide advice and support to families facing the most complex dementia needs.
“With its rural setting it can be a challenge for people in Rutland to access dementia support services and we want to make this easier,” she said.
She added: “I will also be taking on an advisory role for GPs, care homes and other health and social care providers in the area, and I’m looking forward to seeing the impact we can make together.”
Rutland launches first Admiral nurse service for dementia patients
Alan Walters, the council’s portfolio holder for adult social care and health, said: “It is possible to live well with dementia and there are lots of services here in Rutland designed specifically to help.
“The Admiral Nurse Service is the latest of these services and will be a great source of support for those who need it,” he said.
Jennifer Lovegrove, Dementia UK’s business development officer for the region, said: “With Angela’s one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions she will be able to make a real difference within the Rutland area.”
Providing the Admiral nurse service is fully funded by Rutland County Council. However, Dementia UK will continually train, develop and support Ms Moore in her new role.
Referrals can be made by carer self-referral, healthcare professionals, GPs, social workers, voluntary organisations and through the AGE UK dementia advisor for Rutland.