We’re committed to building the evidence base for Admiral Nursing by demonstrating the value, outcomes and impact of Admiral Nurse services.
What do the Service Evaluation team do?
The Service Evaluation team helps us do this by collecting and sharing evidence on the effectiveness of the Admiral Nursing model. Some of the areas we collect information on include:
how Admiral Nurses are making a difference to families living with dementia
how Admiral Nurses work to promote best practice in dementia care
feedback on the experiences of families using Admiral Nurse Services
We are committed to gathering evidence we can use to make a difference to the lives of families affected by dementia and to develop, deliver and sustain Admiral Nurse services. Our Service Evaluation Team also have a central role in embedding a culture of evaluation within local Admiral Nurse services.
The Team work directly with Admiral Nurse services, host organisations/commissioners and other teams at Dementia UK to evaluate local Admiral Nurse services through:
advice on evaluation design and methodology
the provision of suitable evaluation tools
data analysis and reporting
They also collate evidence and share insights from evaluations of Admiral Nurse services across the country, including the Dementia UK Helpline. This helps us to better understand the needs and experiences of families living with dementia as well as continuously improve the specialist dementia support offered by Admiral Nurses.
How do they collect the data?
Our Team use a range of quantitative and qualitative methods to collect this data and examples of our work to date includes:
Carer experience surveys for families accessing support from Admiral Nursing services and our Dementia UK Helpline
Measuring carer quality of life at the time of accessing support from Admiral Nursing services and at a follow up (using Adult Carer Quality of Life questionnaire).
Survey asking families about support offered following a diagnosis of dementia
Our Team work closely with other colleagues in Dementia UK to ensure evaluations, data analysis and insights are brought together into engaging evidence resources which we can share with our supporters and partners. We use this evidence to influence growth of Admiral Nursing and to make a difference to the lives of families living with dementia.
Our Service Evaluation Team consists of a Service Evaluation Manager, Service Evaluators and a Service Evaluation Assistant and are members of the UK Evaluation Society and the Social Research Association.
Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline evaluation
An overview of the methodology and findings from a one-year evaluation of the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline