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Dementia UK spokespeople
We are the only national charity caring for the entire family of someone with dementia, through our specialist dementia Admiral Nurses. Our CEO is an Admiral Nurse, with nearly 40 years’ experience specialising in dementia care, and our senior management team is comprised of clinicians and academics with extensive knowledge of the health and social care landscape.
We can provide comment on:
Symptoms, causes and different types of dementia
The impact of dementia on family, friends and wider society
The critical importance of appropriate post-diagnostic care
The wider health and social care landscape and what more needs to be done to tackle one of the biggest health issues of our time
Our spokespeople specialise in the following subjects:
Dr Hilda Hayo, CEO and Chief Admiral Nurse
Hilda has nearly 40 years’ experience developing and leading dementia specialist teams and services throughout the NHS.
Young onset dementia
Advice on helping carers to cope
The NHS and dementia care
Paul Edwards, Director of Clinical Services
Paul has specialised in dementia in the NHS, academia and the independent sector for over 20 years.
The national need for joined-up health and social care provision
Nursing leadership, education and management
Technology in dementia care
New and existing Admiral Nurse services
Workforce wellbeing and carers
Services and quality improvement
Dr Karen Harrison Dening, Head of Research and Publications
Karen has over 45 years’ experience in nursing, most of those being in dementia care in a variety of settings and contexts. She gained her PhD at University College London in 2014.
Palliative & end-of-life care in dementia
Advance care planning
Under-served populations in dementia
Rachel Thompson, Consultant Admiral Nurse for Lewy body dementia
Rachel worked as a nurse for 25 years within the NHS, before becoming Dementia Project Lead at the Royal College of Nursing, and then joining Dementia UK.
Paulette Winchester-Joseph, Deputy Clinical Lead at the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline
Paulette worked in the community as an Admiral Nurse Team Leader in Dagenham and Barking before joining the Helpline.
The complex issues facing family carers including:
Changing behaviour in dementia
Zena Aldridge, Admiral Nurse Research Fellow
Zena began her career as a mental health nurse, then became the first Admiral Nurse in Norfolk in 2013, moving onto become the area’s Lead Admiral Nurse Consultant. She is currently an Admiral Nurse Research Fellow with Dementia UK as well as undertaking PhD studies at De Montfort University.
Needs of people with dementia their families and carers in care homes
Palliative and end of life care
How relationships can change within a family, post-diagnosis
Dementia, sexuality and intimacy
Dementia training and education
Martin Bishop, Director of Fundraising and Communications
Martin has worked across the charity sector for over 25 years.
Fundraising and communications activity at Dementia UK
Dr Sarah Russell, Professional and Practice Development Facilitator
Sarah has over 35 years’ experience of nursing in the hospice, community, care home and hospital settings. Sarah is a family carer. Her particular interests are in:
Advance care planning and end of life care
Care homes and hospitals
Victoria Lyons, Senior Consultant Admiral Nurse
Vic has worked as a nurse in the dementia field for 20 years. She first stepped into an Admiral Nurse role in 2002, becoming a full time Admiral Nurse two years later.
Harder to reach groups
Health care leadership and Nursing leadership
There are also a number of regional Admiral Nurse teams and spokespeople who can speak about the impact they’re making in their communities.
We have a growing number of families affected by dementia. They can talk to media about the support they’ve received from our dementia specialist Admiral Nurses and/or their experiences of the condition. Please see a selection of the family stories here.