Dementia care in Scotland set for transformation

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dementia twoBupa and Dementia UK are set to take another big step towards improving dementia care in Scotland after appointing the country’s first Admiral Nurses.

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses developed by the charity Dementia UK who support caring families and join up the different parts of the health and social care system, to ensure the needs of people with dementia are addressed in a co-ordinated way. This helps to reduce contact time with GPs and social workers, and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.

Thanks to its partnership with Dementia UK, Bupa is the only national care provider able to offer Admiral Nurses.

Bupa care professionals, Tom Bohlke and Gareth Hammond, have been appointed as Bupa Admiral Nurses following many years’ experience in health and dementia care. They will split their time between supporting people with dementia who live in Bupa care homes, and those living in the community regardless of whether they are Bupa customers.  Tom and Gareth will work across the central belt of Scotland including Glasgow, Edinburgh and the west of Scotland.

Their responsibilities include providing expert support to relatives, families and care home team members. They will support care home managers with training, practice observations, and coaching; and will be pro-active in creating dementia support groups for relatives, staff, and people with dementia so they have a platform to share experiences and learn from each other.

Tom Bohlke, Bupa Admiral Nurse comments:

“At Bupa we are dedicated to being a leader in dementia care, and I’m thrilled to be able to support our commitment in Scotland.

“Through its clinical and social expertise, Admiral Nursing takes a person-centred approach to caring, so people living with dementia can rely less on medication, their GP and hospital services.

Gareth Hammond, Bupa Admiral said:

“As an Admiral Nurse I can provide advice on how to reduce stress and distress; regularly evaluate the person with dementia’s physical and social environments, and areas of interest, to maximise social stimuli; and focus on ensuring activity for their well-being.”

Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and Chief Executive, Dementia UK comments:

“Dementia UK is delighted by the appointment of the first Admiral Nurses to Scotland. Admiral Nurses with their specialised training are able to provide an excellent level of dementia care, and can deliver an adaptable model of service to the environment they are in – in this instance within the care home, and in collaboration with Bupa.

“Tom Bohlke’s and Gareth Hammond’s skills will be an invaluable asset to the residents of the Bupa care homes, and in the community, across Glasgow, Edinburgh and the west of Scotland.”

Earlier this year, Bupa Care Services announced a plan to recruit 150 “Dementia Ambassadors” – the largest number in Scotland – ensuring at least three will be located in each of its care homes across the country.

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