Sussex Community NHS Trust has appointed a nurse consultant as its new clinical lead for the care and support of patients with dementia.
Lucy Frost, who will be the trust’s first dementia lead, qualified as a nurse in 2003 and has subsequently worked in a range of settings supporting people with dementia and their carers.
Ms Frost noted that the community trust would be developing a new care strategy for the more than 27,000 people in Sussex with dementia.
“Our community hospitals are supporting a high number of people with dementia and memory impairment and we provide nursing support and care to people at home, many of whom live with dementia alongside other health needs,” she said.
“We will be developing a strategy for dementia care to ensure that the organisation is doing all it can to provide the right support,” she said. “This strategy will outline what we hope to do in developing and improving existing services.”
Ms Frost added: “Dementia is a health need that will be encountered in many services, so it’s really important that we can offer the right care, in an informed and person centred way.”
The trust highlighted that it already had a number of initiatives underway for dementia care, including a new Admiral nursing service in Brighton and Hove.
In addition, in October, it will launch the Butterfly Scheme to support people with dementia and memory impairment in community hospitals and start an education programme to support up to 800 members of staff.