How Dementia UK supports an Admiral Nurse service

Business Development team

The team is comprised of:

  • Business Development Manager, who leads on strategic business development on a national level
  • Business Development Officers (BDOs), who lead on regional service development and the support and maintenance of existing Admiral Nurse services
  • They are the key link to each Admiral Nurse service; providing ongoing assistance to host organisations and linking Admiral Nurse teams with other vital support from Dementia UK
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Practice and Professional Development team

A team leader and skilled practice development facilitators who have expertise in providing a range of learning and development activities in supporting Admiral Nurses to maintain and strengthen their clinical expertise as dementia specialist nurses.

This includes:

  • induction for new Admiral Nurses
  • support with individual learning and development
  • a range of learning opportunities such as masterclasses and regional practice development days
  • communities of practice
  • an annual residential forum for all Admiral Nurses to join together to learn and share best practice

Consultant Admiral Nurse team

They provide:

  • clinical support to new Admiral Nurse teams
  • expert professional advice, guidance and support
  • this support might include professional leadership and consultancy; expert practice; service, practice and policy development
  • they ensure that new teams have the confidence to deliver a specialist dementia service to respond to the most complex family needs

Service Evaluation team

The team provide:

  • advice on evaluation design and methodology
  • develops service evaluation plans
  • provides appropriate evaluation tools and supports analysis of data and reporting

Communications team

The team provide:

  • a checklist for the host and can make direct links with the Communications Lead
  • development of launch press release and issuing to media
  • guidance around dedicating a web page to the Admiral Nurse service/setting up a freestanding website if appropriate; use of logos; how to order leaflets and merchandise; template poster; any other materials e.g. a banner

Research and Publications team

The team aims to:

  • coordinate Admiral Nurses and teams to be involved in both internal and external research studies
  • support Admiral Nurses in the development of a project or research and advise on methods and activities
  • support Admiral Nurses to publish in peer review journals to disseminate and share their research and expert practice