A case study of Admiral Nursing in Norfolk

We work with four organisations in Norfolk to provide quality care for families with dementia, from early diagnosis to end of life. This is saving local health and social care nearly half a million pounds a year.

NHS South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group is funding us to provide Admiral Nurses in Norfolk.

We first started working in the county in 2013 when Age UK hosted the city’s first Admiral Nurse. Then Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust recruited two Admiral Nurses to support this service. Now, we support these two organisations, plus Alzheimer’s Society, to host an Admiral Nurse service in the county.

An evaluation of the first 10 months of the partnership Admiral Nurse service found that it:

  • reduced the amount of time families living with dementia had contact with GPs and social care and health professionals
  • avoided unnecessary admissions to hospitals
  • delayed admission to care homes.

Over 10 months, savings for health and social care was over £440,000.

94% of Health and Social Care professionals surveyed said that contact with Admiral Nurse Service had increased their confidence in dealing with people with dementia and their carers.

The evaluation suggested that Admiral Nurses reduced the contact time between other services and avoided eight mental health bed admissions.

Professionals reporting reduced contact time:

  • 60% GPs
  • 16% Nurses
  • 100% Social Workers

Kate Rudkin, Head of Operations at Age UK Norfolk, said,

The evaluation shows that Admiral Nurses in Norfolk provide value for those receiving the service as well as value for money.

Find out more about how to commission an Admiral Nurse service.