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Nurses to help prevent dementia crises in Sussex

Nurses to help prevent dementia crises in Sussex

Specialist dementia nurses have been appointed in West and Mid Sussex.

Posted: 3 March 2015

 In partnership with Dementia UK, four admiral nurses have been commissioned for three years to support patients with dementia in Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex.

These nurses will help families manage dementia symptoms more effectively to stop avoidable admissions to care homes and hospitals.

The specialist nurses will work with other health and social care providers, such as primary, community and social care as well as the third sector. All patients can be referred to the admiral nurses if the patient or carer has a need for extra support with controlling dementia symptoms.

There are four main targets for the new specialist nurses:

  • all carers have an opportunity to discuss end of life planning
  • all carers complete a contingency plan
  • reducing admissions to acute service and
  • improving the carer’s health and wellbeing.

NHS Crawley clinical commissioning group (CCG) clinical director, Dr Laura Hill, said the extra support for those with dementia was “part of the long term plans” to improve the quality of care for those living with dementia.

“The nurses will ensure all carers have an opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of the whole family.”

The nurses are employed by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, funded by the Dementia Challenge Fund.