What do Admiral Nurses do?

In the core areas of practice, Admiral Nurses provide:

  • A family and relationship centred approach
  • Specialist assessments and evidence-based interventions for families affected by dementia with complex needs
  • Clinical, pyschological and social support for family carers and people living with dementia, particularly during periods of transition
  • Liaison with other professionals/organisations
  • Education, consultancy and supporting changes in practice

Admiral Nurses work in the following settings:


  • Supporting carers to look after a person with dementia at home
  • Coordinate care/case management
  • Help transition into care if required
  • Deliver education and collaborate with agencies to improve quality of care
  • Post diagnostic support with families

Care home

  • Engagement and support with families in the care home
  • Identifying and supporting those with complex needs
  • Manage co-morbidities and frailty
  • Provide education, coaching and training to care home staff
  • Facilitate a positive culture within care homes

Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline

  • One-to-one support and advice for families, professionals and others affected by dementia UK-wide
  • Support to families affected by dementia who do not have access to an Admiral Nurse in their locality
  • Provide direct access to an Admiral Nurse through telephone and email seven days a week: 9am-9pm
  • Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm at weekends

Acute Hospital

  • Support of family carers in hospital
  • Manage co-morbidities and frailty
  • Provide education for hospital staff
  • Work alongside and support clinical/ward staff
  • Preventative management of risks to health
  • Facilitate effective discharge
  • Support transitions


  • Support of family carers and people with dementia in the hospice
  • Identify and support complex end of life care challenges
  • Provide education to hospice staff and carers on end of life care and dementia
  • Support of carers during transitions
  • Raise awareness of dementia being a life-limiting illness

Admiral Nurse Clinics

  • Support for family carers in community settings
  • Provide advice on complex care issues
  • Signposting to other services
  • Case management
  • Workforce carer support and advice