Action Plan

Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families through our Admiral Nurse service. When things get challenging or di cult for people with dementia and their families, Admiral Nurses work alongside them, giving the one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions people need. The unique dementia expertise and experience an Admiral Nurse brings is a lifeline–it helps everyone in the family to live more positively with dementia in the present, and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.

Commitment 1 - Relating to:

We commit to increasing the availability and expertise of Admiral Nurses so that all families who need support will have access to one. Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families need. When things get challenging or difficult, our Nurses work alongside people with dementia, their families and carers: giving them one-to- one support, expert guidance and practical solutions. The unique dementia expertise and experience an Admiral Nurse brings helps ensure that families are supported with a timely diagnosis and offered evidence – based post-diagnostic support. Our Helpline offers a way to reach families wherever they live.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 1?

 

We will continue to work collaboratively with other organisations to commission new Admiral Nurse services, raise awareness and offer clinics, including targeting areas where there is currently no service. Capacity on the Admiral Nurse Dementia helpline will be expanded to increase availability and access to specialist support. We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of professional and practice development support and provide new, targeted learning opportunities to enable Admiral Nurses to maintain their expertise. Resources will be increased for research and evaluation so that we can demonstrate the effectiveness of Admiral Nurse support and contribute to national initiatives. We will continue to increase awareness of the work of Dementia UK and support development of specialist resources.

  • We have the right to an early and accurate diagnosis, and to receive evidence based, appropriate, compassionate and properly funded care and treatment, from trained people who understand us and how dementia affects us. This must meet our needs, wherever we live.

Commitment 2 - Relating to:

Admiral Nurses support families affected by dementia to maintain their mental health and well being, through relationship/ family -centred approaches. Admiral Nurses are provided with ongoing learning and development opportunities to ensure they are a source of specialist information and support for families as partners in care. We work closely with people with dementia and family carers, to gather feedback about the effectiveness of Admiral Nursing and to advise on the work of Dementia UK. We continue to provide families with high quality information, which reflects the experience of Admiral Nurses and supports them in making decisions about their care.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 2?

 

We will continue to provide a full programme of professional and practice development for all Admiral Nurses to help them maintain their expertise and knowledge. We will gather, analyse and share feedback from families receiving support from Admiral Nurses across all settings to help demonstrate effectiveness. We will involve and draw upon the lived experience of people living with dementia and family carers via our Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP) to guide and support the work of Dementia UK. Our information will be based on the best available evidence, be relevant and easily accessible for families.

  • We have the right to be respected, and recognised as partners in care, provided with education, support, services, and training which enables us to plan and make decisions about the future.

Commitment 3 - Relating to:

Admiral Nurses support families who often have complex needs and are at risk of isolation, discrimination and poor access to health and social care. We believe that Admiral Nurses can make a substantial difference to families by providing coordination of care, facilitating equal access and supporting them through difficult times. We work in partnership with other organisations to share dementia care expertise and to increase the availability of Admiral Nurses, so that all those affected by dementia have access to good quality care enabling them to continue with day to day life and be supported within their communities.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 3?

 

We will seek new opportunities, working in partnership with other organisations / voluntary sector partners to influence and develop new ways of working that are sustainable and support families in their communities. We will increase the capacity of the Admiral Nurse Dementia helpline and offer support via Admiral Nurse clinics to reach those who currently don't have access to an Admiral Nurse. We will work collaboratively with other organisations to support the co-ordination of care for families, especially for those in greatest need so that they receive equal access to care.

  • We have the right to continue with day to day and family life, without discrimination or unfair cost, to be accepted and included in our communities and not live in isolation or loneliness.

Commitment 4 - Relating to:

Dementia UK actively participates in the development of national policy and plans regarding dementia and contributes to research forums, which contribute to increasing understanding of dementia and its impact on families. Admiral Nurses are supported and encouraged to provide families with information about research which enables people with dementia and family carers to learn from, have access to and contribute as participants, if desired.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 4?

 

We will seek to contribute to and influence research opportunities to improve the experience of care for families affected by dementia. We will explore and evaluate different models of Admiral Nursing to meet the changing health and social care environment and reflect the needs of families. We will provide ongoing learning and development opportunities for all Admiral Nurses to maintain their understanding of research developments

  • We have the right to know about and decide if we want to be involved in research that looks at cause, cure and care for dementia and be supported to take part.