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Local MP backs call for specialist dementia nurses

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A Cambridgeshire MP is calling for specialist dementia nurses to be introduced in his area to help improve services for patients and relatives and reduce pressure on district nursing teams.

Steve Barclay, Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire, has given his support to a campaign for an Admiral nurse service to be launched locally.

District nurses say working with specialist dementia colleagues would help ensure people with dementia and their families got the support they needed, bringing together both health and social care services.

Shirley Clements, district nurse team lead at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, said district nurses did their best to help families but would benefit from additional support.

Mr Barclay told his local newspaper he would like to see the local clinical commissioning group invest in Admiral nurses.

“Having expert support from an Admiral nurse could make a huge difference not only to the carer’s situation but also to the dementia patient too,” Mr Barclay he told the Wisbech Standard.

“I would like to see the area’s clinical commissioning group introduce this obviously invaluable service in our area. It will not only help patients and carers, but also reduce the very busy caseloads of our district nurses,” he added.

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