Become an Admiral Nurse

I feel proud to be an Admiral Nurse because, each day, I have an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of family carers and Im supported by Dementia UK to develop my practice.

TA Dementia UK Admiral Nurse looks to camerahese are the words of one of our 168 Admiral Nurses.

Are you a registered nurse with experience in dementia care looking for a new challenge?

Then you too could find fulfilment, support and opportunities in your day to day work by becoming an Admiral Nurse.

What is an Admiral Nurse?

They’re specialist dementia nurses who give expert practical, clinical and emotional support to families with complex needs. They use a relation-centred approach and provide a range of supportive therapeutic interventions.

Nurses work in different care settings, from hospitals to care homes, and their role is hugely diverse. One day you could be running a therapeutic group for families and on another, you might be supporting family carers and people with dementia in their homes.

If you want to make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia we want you to join us.

Find out about Admiral Nurse vacancies in your local area.

Five reasons to become an Admiral Nurse

  • Get time and space to be creative and innovative. Admiral Nurses are experienced practitioners who work independently. They are able to work collaboratively with a family through difficult times and to try many different interventions until a solution is found. Their work is holistic and enduring, and the result is fewer crises and a better quality of life for families affected by dementia.

“As Admiral Nurses we can provide continuity for families and support them through difficult transitions. This is so rewarding.”

  • Have guaranteed clinical supervision, practice and professional development. Once a month, you’ll attend a practice development day to ensure you maintain and strengthen your clinical expertise as a specialist nurse. Nurses receive clinical supervision in the morning. In the afternoon, you will hear speakers and presentations from colleagues, and take part in workshops or a journal club to reflect on your practice. This is supported and facilitated by the Admiral Nurse Professional and Practice Development Team.

“We are the only specialised nursing group working within dementia care to focus on improving both the carer and the cared for person with dementia’s physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing.”

  • Develop your practice and increase your expertise. As an Admiral Nurse, you are supported to develop your knowledge and expertise. Admiral Nurses are supported with accessing relevant post graduate courses and develop professionally, informed by the Admiral Nurse competency framework. To solidify the expertise of our nurses, we’re working with University of Worcester to undertake an advanced practice module.

“Being supported to expand practice boundaries through connections with Dementia UK makes Admiral Nursing unique.”

  • Join the Admiral Nurse Network. You’ll become part of a network of nurses who will support you. They can provide expert advice and tried and tested practical tips. You will meet colleagues at an annual forum and get support through our online discussion forums. 

“I believe in the model and know that families can be empowered and their resilience strengthened by the relationship with the Admiral Nurse.”

  • Be part of a nurse-led service. Dementia UK’s CEO is a dual-registered nurse with over 35 years’ experience of developing and leading dementia specialist teams. Since Hilda Hayo joined the charity in 2013, we’ve seen a 40% increase in the number of Admiral Nurses in two years and aim to have 200 by the end of 2016. It’s an exciting time to be part of our growing team, which understands the everyday challenges you face in your role.

“Its a nurse-led service. The family-centred approach is a holistic way of working which includes the person with dementia.”

Find out about Admiral Nurse vacancies in your local area and apply to become an Admiral Nurse today.