Our admiral nurse team work across central Norfolk with family and carers of people with dementia to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers. They use a range of bio-psychosocial interventions that help people with dementia and their families to live well with the condition and develop skills to improve communication and maintain relationships. The admiral nurses also offer specialist support and education to other professionals working with families and people with dementia.
We work closely with Dementia UK and the Alzheimers’ Society in the delivery of this service.
Over the last two years, the team have worked with 1,436 family carers and 1,420 persons living with dementia during this period. 74% of referrals come form GP practices, with the next largest referral route being self-referral. 81% of the people living with dementia had at least one co-morbidity recorded, highlighting the prevalence of co-morbidities amongst this population of people living with dementia.
Carers have reported the largest improvements in their lives as a result of this service in the areas of ‘Support for caring’ and ‘Caring Choice’, which measure the extent of support carers perceive that they receive and the extent to which carers feel that they have control over their own lives.
Alongside working directly with families, admiral nurses work with others to promote best practice in dementia care. We have recorded 603 supporting best practice activities from June 2019 to June 2021. 43% of these activities were CPD for Clinicians. Other activities included speaking to promote and inform audiences about admiral nurses and dementia, providing professional advice to other health and social care professionals and training for tier 1 provision.