Help with Dementia

Additional support for those living with dementia has arrived in Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex in response to direct patient feedback. A team of four Admiral Nurses will accept referrals from next month (March 2015) responding to the needs of whole families living with dementia. 

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who work collaboratively with other professionals to improve the quality of life for those facing the effects of dementia. They use a range of specialist interventions that help people live positively with the diagnosis and help families develop knowledge and skills to improve communication and maintain relationships. 

NHS Crawley CCG Clinical Director and Dementia Friendly Crawley lead, Dr Laura Hill, said: “This extra support line for those living with dementia was introduced as part of our long term plans to improve the quality of care for those living with dementia and was endorsed during a “deep dive” patient and carer focussed Governing Body meeting in Crawley. 

“The nurses will ensure that all carers have an opportunity to discuss end-of-life planning, complete a contingency plan and improve health and wellbeing of the whole family.” 

You can view a short You Tube film clip of the deep dive Governing Body meeting here http://youtu.be/ndnAthxeFAI

Integration with existing community services

Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex Admiral Nurse Team Leader, Tracey Coles, said: “Our team will enhance current support already provided in our communities for those living with dementia. The Admiral Nurses – with their unique clinical and social skills – will work in an integrated manner with other health and social care providers, including existing voluntary and community organisations, to ensure a unified service.”

NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG Clinical Director and dementia lead, Dr Terry Lynch, said: “Admiral Nurses respond to the needs of the whole family living with dementia. By working to prevent crises and help patients and their families manage symptoms more effectively we can  help to stop unnecessary admissions to care homes and hospitals – a good thing for everyone.”

Who can refer to the Admiral Nurses Service?

Primary care, community care, social care, Proactive Care MDTs and the third sector can all refer patients to the Admiral Nurses team if the patient or carer has a need for extra support with managing symptoms of dementia. We will share referral information/forms soon.

A partnership project

Admiral Nurses have been brought to our area thanks to a partnership project between NHS Crawley CCG, NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Dementia UK and West Sussex County Council, supported by the Dementia Challenge Fund which has covered the placement of the nurses for a set period of time.

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