Research and Evaluation

Families affected by dementia need specialist care. We use evidence to shape our work so we can give them the best possible support. We also evaluate each Admiral Nurse service so that we can secure future growth of services across the country and be really confident that no matter where a family is being supported by an Admiral Nurse, they have someone truly expert and caring by their side.


  • Our GEANS (Getting Evidence into Admiral Nurse Services) programme collects evidence of how Admiral Nurses make a difference to families living with dementia, and how the work Admiral Nurses do promotes best practice in dementia care. Find out more.
  • An evaluation report of the Sutton Admiral Nurse service in its first 12 months proved the service was a success. Find out more.
  • An evaluation report of the South Norfolk Admiral Nurse service presented benefits to both families living dementia and local health providers. Find out more.
  • An Admiral Nurse at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust helped to improve dementia care and save costs for the hospital. Find out more.
  • An evaluation report of the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline, which was conducted by Loughborough University revealed the vital support our helpline provides to carers. Find out more.



  • EVANS, S. C., HARRISON DENING, K., READ, K., Towards the end of life: An in-depth exploration of the role of Admiral Nursing in dementia care (Innovative practice), Dementia, first published on March 14, 2016 as doi:10.1177/1471301216636485 Find out more.
  • BORLEY, G., HARDY, S., 2016 A qualitative study on becoming cared for in Alzheimer’s disease: the effects to women’s sense of identity, Aging & Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2016.1200535 Find out more.
  • HARRISON DENING K, KING M, JONES L, VICKESTAFF V, SAMPSON EL , 2016, Advance Care Planning in Dementia: Do Family Carers Know the Treatment Preferences of People with Early Dementia? PLoS ONE 11(7): e0159056. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0159056 Find out more.
  • HARRISON DENING, K., HIBBERD, P., 2016, Exploring the community nurse role in family-centred care for patients with dementia, British Journal of Community Nursing, 21(4), pp.1-5 Find out more.
  • HARRISON DENING, K., COOPER, M., 2016, Dementia special interest group: shared learning across dementia, palliative and end-of-life care domains, End of Life Journal, 6. doi:10.1136/eoljnl-2015-000018 Find out more.
  • WEBB, R., HARRISON DENING, K., 2016, In whose best interests? A case study of a family affected by dementia, British Journal of Community Nursing, 21(6), 1-6. Find out more.


  • BUNN, F., GOODMAN, C., PINKNEY, E., DRENNAN, V.E., 2015, Specialist nursing and community support for the carers of people with dementia living at home: an evidence synthesis, Health and Social Care in the Community, 1-20 Find out more.
  • DENING. T., HARRISON DENING, K, 2015, Palliative care in dementia: Does it work? Maturitas (2015) Find out more.
  • MAIO, L., BOTSFORD, J., ILIFFE, S., 2015, Family Carers Experiences of Admiral Nursing – a quantitative analysis of carer feedback, Aging & Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2015.1052776 Find out more.
  • LATHAM, I., ATKINSON, T., BRAY, J., EVANS, S., ELLIOT, V., 2015, Evaluation of the My Home Life Admiral Nurse Role in the Orders of St John Care Trust Find out more.


  • ELLIOT, V., WILLIAMS, A., MEYER, J., 2014, Supporting staff to care for people with dementia who experience distress reactions, Nursing Older People, 26 (7), 22-26  Find out more.