We bid a fond farewell to Dave Bell – one of our longest serving Admiral Nurses. Media extraordinaire and compassionate voice and listener on the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline, Dave will be sorely missed by the Dementia UK team.
Admiral Nurse Dave Bell is retiring after a long and illustrious career in nursing. Working firstly across various mental health teams, it was in caring for people with dementia where he really found his stride. Admired by families with dementia, Dementia UK staff and health and social care professionals alike, Dave’s impact in dementia care will be felt for many years to come. This is especially the case for his exemplary standards of care and his support to the growing number of Admiral Nurses who continue their specialist work.
Over 40 years of experience
Dave has been registered as a Registered Mental Health Nurse for over 40 years, with 20 of those years as an Admiral Nurse. He has worked across care settings for people with dementia including in several community teams, where people with the condition are supported for as long as possible in the home, and care homes.
Even before he joined Dementia UK as an Admiral Nurse, he was considered as a forerunner in dementia care after developing and leading one of the very first home treatment teams for older adults in the UK.
More recently, Dave could be found on the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline, responding with care and compassion to the increasing number of calls from families facing the most complex cases of dementia.
Dementia UK’s media guru
He has also done so much to boost the awareness of dementia and the work of Dementia UK and its Admiral Nurses. He has appeared on national media outlets talking about a range of topics from the impact of music on people with dementia to advice on the signs to watch out for with someone who may have dementia. His drive and expertise were recognised through him winning the ‘Lifetime Achievement in Dementia Care’ at the 6th National Dementia Care Awards in 2015.
Reflecting on his time at Dementia UK and as an Admiral Nurse, Dave Bell said: “It feels very strange to be retiring! My career as a nurse has covered over 45 years in the NHS and with Dementia UK. I’ve met and worked with some wonderful and inspirational families and professionals over that time.
“A privilege to be part of the huge growth in awareness and knowledge”
“It’s been a privilege to have been part of the huge growth in awareness and knowledge of the needs of people who are living with dementia since the 1970s. It’s also been heartening to have seen how the number of Admiral Nurses, some of the most amazing nurses I have worked with, with all their skills and experience, have increased. I wish everyone in Dementia UK the best and hope that the brilliant work that Admiral Nurses do continues to be acknowledged and spreads even further.”
“He’s played a big role at Dementia UK”
Commenting on Dave’s retirement, Dr. Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO at Dementia UK, said, “We are all so sorry to see Dave go but we are all so honoured that he has played such a big role in allowing Dementia UK and its Admiral Nurses to reach more families than ever before.
“Dementia is one of the most complex and harrowing conditions of our time so what we need above all is expertise, empathy and the passion for care. Dave has all of those in spades and we know that many of our Admiral Nurses as well as the wider nursing community will continue to see him as a source of inspiration and aspiration.”