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First Time Move Sees Swansea Benefit from Expertise of Specialist Dementia Nurses

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Families across Swansea are now benefiting from the expertise of specialist dementia nurses as two new Admiral Nurses, the first of their kind in South Wales, are now in post.

The two nurses, who were brought to Swansea by HMT Sancta Maria Hospital, Dementia UK, and ABM University Health Board, are being fully funded for three years by Sancta Maria Hospital as part of their charitable remit to invest into the local community.

Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families need. When things get challenging or difficult, Admiral Nurses work alongside people with dementia, their families and carers: giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions.

Rob and Donna are now in post and will initially hold a small caseload whilst they develop their new service and work closely with social workers, community nurses, mental health teams, third sector colleagues and GPs across Swansea to let them know about the specialist dementia support that Admiral Nurses can provide to families.

Before they became Admiral Nurses in Swansea, Rob and Donna were both registered nurses and have over 25 years of experience between them of working with people living with dementia.

Admiral Nurse Clinical Lead Rob Kempson, said:

“Donna and I feel very privileged to be employed into this new role.  I previously worked as an Admiral Nurse in London and have witnessed first-hand, the benefits and support this unique role has made to families living with Dementia.  We both bring different experience and expertise to the role and look forward to providing this much needed service to the people living in Swansea.”

Sancta Maria Hospital Director, Stuart Hammond, said:

“We are delighted that Rob and Donna are now in post. I am sure they will have an instant impact and we will start to see and hear about the positive changes they will be making to many people’s lives across the Swansea Bay region.  Sancta Maria is invested and devoted to the local community and we are always looking for ways to help.”

Stuart added:

“We are proud to be funding the first Admiral Nurses in South Wales. By working closely with both Dementia UK and ABM University Health Board, we have been able to ensure the nurses will be providing a vital service with their unique skill sets that will be beneficial to all those who come in to contact with them.”

Both Rob and Donna will be located within and work closely with ABMU’s Acute Clinical Team, as health board employees. Dementia UK will be providing the Admiral Nurses with ongoing training, development and support.

Hazel Powell, ABM University Health Board Nurse Director for Mental Health and Learning Disability said:

“I am delighted to see these posts in place, I am sure the positive contribution that Admiral Nurses make will be welcomed by people with dementia, their families and carers and will support services across South Wales to ensure the right care and support is in place for people with dementia, their families and carers.”

Dr Hilda Hayo, Dementia UK’s Chief Admiral Nurse and Chief Executive, said:  

“We are delighted that our two Admiral Nurses are now in post in Swansea. We believe that everyone who needs the support of a specialist dementia nurse should get one and a huge thanks must go to HMT Sancta Maria Hospital and to ABMU for their involvement in providing this vital service.”

Jay Crouch, Dementia UK Volunteer Ambassador:

“Living with dementia can be an incredibly hard and lonely experience. Admiral Nurses are a lifeline and we are thrilled that families in Swansea will soon have access to their much needed dementia expertise, experience and support.”

HMT Sancta Maria has also funded a Musical Memories Choir for people with dementia in Swansea for the next three years as well as a major three-year University research programme to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia in Swansea Bay.