We have worked in close partnership with HMT Sancta Maria Hospital, and ABM University Health Board to bring the service to South Wales. Recruitment has started for two nurses in the Swansea Bay area, who will provide a community based specialist dementia nursing service to meet the multiple, and often complex, needs of families affected by dementia. These are the first posts of this kind in South Wales, and are expected to help reduce the numbers of dementia patients who are admitted to hospital as urgent, unplanned cases. The two nurses will work closely with social workers, community nurses, mental health teams and GPs, providing specialist community-based care for dementia patients.
The posts will be fully funded for three years by the not-for-profit HMT Sancta Maria Hospital, as part of its charitable remit to re-invest surplus funds back into the local community. It follows an earlier commitment by HMT Sancta Maria Hospital to support a choir whose members have dementia.
As part of their role, the Admiral Nurses will work with families to provide the one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions they need to live more positively with dementia each and every day.
Unique clinical and social skills
HMT Sancta Maria Hospital Director, Stuart Hammond, said: “We are delighted to be able to fund this much needed requirement for the Swansea Bay area. For families living with dementia, having the support of the Admiral Nurses – with their unique clinical and social skills – will better enable them to make timely decisions and choices that are right for them.”
“Sancta Maria Hospital is part of Healthcare Management Trust (HMT). HMT has identified dementia as one of its main charitable causes. As well as funding the Admiral Nurses, HMT has also locally funded a Musical Memories Choir for people with dementia in Swansea for the next three years as well as a major three-year University research programme to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia in Swansea Bay.”
Vicky Warner, ABMU Primary Care and Community Services Nurse Director, said: “These nurses will help to reduce admissions to care homes and hospitals by providing additional skilled interventions in the community, which is much better for patients. The nurses will also help train health and social care colleagues, which will bring an extra dimension to the dementia training we already provide to our staff. This will help ensure we have a future workforce who are qualified to support people with dementia, and their carers.”
Reducing isolation, exhaustion and fear
Hannah Davies, Founder of Dementia Friendly Swansea and former carer of her mother who lived with dementia for over 10 years, said: “It is wonderful to hear two Admiral Nurses are being recruited for Swansea. The specialist training provided by Dementia UK for these nurses will make an enormous difference to the quality of life for both the person living with dementia and their loved ones, reducing the feelings of isolation, exhaustion and fear that often go hand-in-hand with this condition. I very much look forward to Swansea being a city where people can be more informed in how they live with dementia and those looking after them can feel more supported.”
Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and our CEO, said: “We are extremely pleased to be working in partnership to bring families in Swansea the specialist dementia support that they need.
“Admiral Nursing interventions have been proven to avert avoidable and costly crises and reduce hospital admissions and early residential care. Admiral Nurses also work collaboratively with health and social care professionals to share their dementia expertise and therefore improve the overall dementia care that families receive.”
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