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First Admiral Nurse service for Staffordshire appointed to provide specialist dementia support

17 May 2017

The Douglas Macmillan Hospice (‘The Dougie Mac’) has appointed an Admiral Nurse, the first in Staffordshire and only the fourth Admiral Nurse to be based in a hospice in the UK. The service has been developed in partnership with Dementia UK, the national charity that provides specialist dementia support for families through Admiral Nursing, and North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust.

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

Wendy Mountford has recently joined the team from Combined's Memory Service and will provide specialist dementia support to families in both the hospice and local community. The service will open for referrals in May 2017.

David Webster, Chief Executive at the Dougie Mac, said: “We are delighted to welcome Wendy to our team and to have this exciting new partnership with Dementia UK who have helped in introducing the role of an Admiral Nurse to this Hospice. The post will be a two year secondment from the North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, and Wendy has certainly had significant experience of working with people with dementia. Wendy will give expert practical, clinical and emotional support to families living with dementia.”

Wendy said: “I am really excited to have joined the team at the Dougie Mac. I feel privileged  to have been given this opportunity and hope to make a real difference to people who have a dementia diagnosis and also their carers”.

Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and Chief Executive at Dementia UK said: “We are extremely pleased to be working in partnership with the Dougie Mac and the North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust to provide families with the specialist dementia support that they need. Wendy’s expertise will make a real contribution to enhancing end of life care to local families affected by dementia.”

Darryl Gwinnett, Older Peoples’ Service Manager with Combined said: “This is a really exciting partnership between Combined , Dementia UK and Douglas Macmillan Hospice that will make a big difference to lives of people living with dementia as well as their families and carers. I’m sure that Wendy will really shine in her new position and, following the 'Outstanding' rating awarded by the Care Quality Commission for Combined’s Older Persons Community Teams, her appointment forms part of the work we are undertaking to further enhance the dementia and old age psychiatric care we provide."