The unique role of an Admiral Nurse on the dementia pathway

Admiral Nurses fulfil a specific and unique role in the dementia pathway. They help families manage complex needs, considering the person living with dementia and the people around them. They work alongside and can advise 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 with other health and social care colleagues to support families by providing different, but equally essential support – ensuring families receive life-changing care when they need it most.

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)