The NHS and Dementia UK are advertising for a senior dementia nurse to lead their new Admiral Nursing service in central Norfolk.
And the amount of money being invested into the service, to help local people live more positively with dementia, has risen by £100,000 to £700,000 a year.
When it begins in the summer, the two-year service will run across South Norfolk, Norwich and North Norfolk. Two Admiral Nurses will work in each of the three areas, supporting families and carers looking after loved ones and helping them live more positively with dementia.
Running the team of six will be an Admiral Nurse Clinical Lead, based in Norwich. The job is for a senior specialist (NHS Band 7) paying between £31,000 and £41,000 a year. It is advertised on NHS Jobs at https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/6dd5e72865e9238701b8b0ca0c68fef5/?vac_ref=914624884
Zena Aldridge, Regional Admiral Nurse for Dementia UK, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be recruiting our first nurse for the service. Dementia affects all of us, whether we are families, businesses or a statutory public service, it is important that we target our resources to enable those affected to get the right specialist support to enable them to live positively with the condition.”
The new service in central Norfolk is a partnership between Dementia UK and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for South Norfolk, Norwich and North Norfolk. The partners are sharing the £700,000 cost.
It is also a partnership with the local community, as the fundraising and campaigning efforts of local groups have enabled this recruitment to happen. Anyone wishing to fundraise for future Admiral Nurse services in the area or across the UK more widely is invited to get in touch with Dementia UK.
Dr Liz Waddy, the dementia lead at NHS South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The partnership approach that Dementia UK and our CCGs have developed is truly forward thinking and we are delighted that this service is one step nearer to launching.”
Admiral Nurses are much loved and much valued by the carers they help. The nurses will work alongside families, offering them the one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions they need to live more positively with dementia. People will be referred into the service by their GP.
The recruitment for the six Admiral Nursing posts for each CCG area will be underway soon, with a view to establish the service by late August. The service will be evaluated during the two years for which funding has been agreed.