Dementia is a complex issue and affects individuals and their families in different ways.
This is also true of cancer. Our article here explores how specialist cancer nurses have made a significant difference to care of patients with cancer and argue that dementia nurse specialists could well have the same impact on patient care if numbers are increased.
They rightly point out that the Dementia Friends programme has raised awareness throughout the population but that in itself is just one issue. Dementia specialist nurses work at a higher level than general nurses, who need to be skilled in providing direct care. They have an expert level of skill and knowledge that is invaluable in supporting both patients and their families, as well as their nursing colleagues.