The unique role of an Admiral Nurse on the dementia pathway

Admiral Nurses fulfill a specific, and unique, role in the dementia pathway. They specialise in the case management of families who are dealing with the complexities of caring for a person with dementia, working alongside other professionals who provide bespoke guidance and generic information and advice to families. This is demonstrated by the Three Tiered ABC Model below, which illustrates how Admiral Nurses work collaboratively and alongside other health and social care colleagues to support families by providing different, but equally essential support – ensuring families receive the right help at the right time.

The tiered model – ABC*

  • Tier 3 – provided by Admiral Nurses who are able to offer specialist support and knowledge for cases that have an intensive level of need and complexity
  • Tier 2 –  usually provided by a Dementia Support Worker, or a similar role, who can provide ongoing support to families who have a longer term, lower level, non-clinical need
  • Tier 1 – often provided by either a wellbeing coordinator/support worker or Dementia Adviser/ Navigator, this is general information and advice and a low level need that can be met without ongoing intervention

* Aldridge, Z., Burns, A., Harrison Dening, K. (2019) ABC model: A tiered integrated pathway approach to peri and post diagnostic support for families living with dementia (Innovative Practice) Dementia. doi: 10.1177/1471301219838086 (E-pub ahead of print)