Carers across Kirklees are being asked to provide their thoughts and expectations for the new Admiral Nursing team and what support they want them to provide in their area.
Admiral Nurses are registered community mental health nurses specialising in dementia care. They work in partnership with other health and social care providers, and provide leadership to improve dementia care.
Three Admiral Nurses have been appointed to work in Kirklees as a result of an exciting partnership between the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the national charity Dementia UK, Kirklees local authority and NHS Kirklees.
So that they can provide the right care and support to improve the experiences of those affected by dementia the Admiral Nurses are asking for carers to complete a questionnaire to tell them their expectations of the service which will then be considered when developing the Admiral Nurse three year plan.
Carers can comment on what they think the top priority of the nurses should be, where they would like to access them and what support they would like to see the Admiral Nurses providing.
The Kirklees Admiral Nurses are the first to be appointed in Yorkshire and will work within Kirklees Older Peoples Services to provide specialist and skilled support to carers and families of people living with dementia. This is a landmark opportunity for the Trust and Kirklees so all the responses from the questionnaires will be used to help mould the service to match the needs of local people and to make sure the Admiral Nurses can provide the necessary support.
Kath Tearne said, “Our aim is to enable carers and individuals living with dementia to experience improved quality of life and wellbeing wherever possible through the supportive education, partnership working and support to minimise stress and burden. By getting the views of local people affected by dementia we hope to mould the services to meet their needs.”
To find out more information or to obtain a copy of the questionnaire carers can contact Kath Tearne, Admiral Nurse clinical lead on 01484 343485.
To find out more about Admiral Nurses go to www.dementiauk.org