Cambridgeshire MP supports local demands for specialist dementia nurses

Steve Barclay, MP for North East Cambridgeshire has lent his support to calls for the introduction of Admiral nurses in his Fenland constituency.

Admiral Nurses, named in memory of "Admiral Joe" Levy who suffered form vascular dementia, are specialists in dementia care who can play a valuable role in supporting families affected by dementia by helping them coordinate the health and social care services available locally. 

By providing a community based service, they aim to help people with dementia live well and stay independent, enabling them to remain at home for longer and thus reduce both hospital admissions and care home costs.

An evaluation of a pilot Admiral Nursing scheme in Norfolk by Dementia UK (the charity responsible for Admiral Nurse provision) identified savings of over £440,000 in health and social care spending in just the first 10 months, by reducing unnecessary hospital admissions, coordinating the work of GPs, District Nurses and Social workers, and lessening the time required in residential care.

District nurses in Cambridgeshire are campaigning for the introduction of specialist dementia nursing provision to  help ensure people with dementia and their families get the time and support they need. 

Shirley Clements, District nurse team lead at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, told local newspaper, the Wisbech Standard that while district nurses did their best to help families, they now needed additional support.

Steve Barclay has said that he would like the local Clinical Commissioning group to invest in an Admiral Nursing scheme in the area.

Caring for someone with dementia is very difficult and often distressing for relatives and loved ones.

“Having expert support from an Admiral Nurse could make a huge difference not only to the carer’s situation but also to the dementia patient too.

“I would like to see the area’s clinical commissioning group introduce this obviously invaluable service in our area. It will not only help patients and carers, but also reduce the very busy caseloads of our district nurses.”

Steve Barclay 
North East Cambridgeshire MP
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  • 18 June 2015