What is an Admiral Nurse?
Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who give expert practical, clinical and emotional support to families living with dementia to help them cope.
They are registered nurses, and have significant experience of working with people with dementia before becoming an Admiral Nurse.
Most work for the NHS in communities, helping people with dementia to stay at home for longer. They also work in other settings, including care homes, hospitals and hospices.
Our nurses were named by the family of Joseph Levy CBE BEM, who founded Dementia UK. Joseph had vascular dementia and was known affectionately as ‘Admiral Joe’ because of his love of sailing.
How can an Admiral Nurse help me?
If you have a diagnosis of dementia or you are a family carer of someone who does, an Admiral Nurse can:
- provide specialist practical advice, and emotional and psychological support from diagnosis to post bereavement, helping you deal with your feelings and learn coping strategies
- be your single point of contact, helping to join up different parts of the health and social care system and meeting your needs in a coordinated way
- give you the knowledge to understand dementia and its effects, and the skills to improve how you communicate with someone living with dementia.
- offer advice on referrals to other services and liaise with health and social care professionals on your behalf, sharing best practice with them so you get the best care possible
- support you at difficult times in your dementia journey, including when the condition progresses, or when tough decisions need to be made, such as moving a family member into residential care.
Watch this short video to find out more about how Jody, an Admiral Nurse in Medway, supports families like yours.
How does Dementia UK support Admiral Nurses?
Each Admiral Nurse service is operated as a partnership between Dementia UK and a host organisation, which can include the NHS, local authorities, charities and private providers.
We support hosts with recruitment and the running of the Admiral Nurse service. Every month, we provide nurses with one day of expert clinical supervision and professional development. This helps them meet the needs of the families they support and stay at the forefront of dementia care.
How can I speak to an Admiral Nurse?
Check if you have an Admiral Nurse in your local area.
Call Admiral Nursing Direct, our national helpline on 0800 888 6678, from 9am to 5pm every day and also from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.