Admiral Nurses are mental health nurses specialising in dementia. Admiral Nurses work with family carers and people with dementia, in the community and other settings. Working collaboratively with other professionals, Admiral Nurses seek to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers. They use a range of interventions that help people live positively with the condition and develop skills to improve communication and maintain relationships.
Admiral Nurses hold the Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) qualification with appropriate post registration experience in Mental Health Care.
Currently, the majority of Admiral Nurses work within the NHS supporting people in the community. However, Admiral Nurses also work in other care settings such as care homes and in the community supported by voluntary organisations.
Established as a result of the experiences of family carers, Admiral Nurses are named after Joseph Levy who had vascular dementia and was known as Admiral Joe because of his keen interest in sailing.
What Admiral Nurses do
Admiral Nurses are available to support families throughout the dementia journey. They provide family carers with the tools and skills to best understand the condition, as well as emotional and psychological support through periods of transition.
They work with family carers in the following ways:
They focus on the needs of the family carer, including psychological support to help family carers understand and deal with their feelings
They help families better understand dementia and use a range of interventions that help people live well with the condition and develop skills to improve communication and maintain relationships
They are an invaluable source of contact and support for families at particular points of difficulty in the dementia journey, including diagnosis, when the condition advances, or when tough decisions need to be made such as moving a loved one into residential care
They provide advice on referrals to other appropriate services and liaise with other healthcare professionals on behalf of the family
Admiral Nurses also uniquely join up the different parts of the health and social care system and enable the needs of family carers and people with dementia to be addressed in a co-ordinated way.
In addition, Admiral Nurses provide consultancy and education to professionals to model best practice and improve dementia care in a variety of care settings.
Dementia UK works in partnership with NHS providers and commissioners, social care authorities and voluntary sector organisations to promote and develop new Admiral Nursing services. We're responsible for upholding standards, sustaining service and supporting Admiral Nurses in practice.
Dementia UK's aim
There are specialist nurses for conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, we strongly feel that specialist nursing support should also be available to everyone affected by dementia around the country. Our aim is to ensure an Admiral Nurse is available to everyone who needs them.