New Dementia UK service for families based in Chesterfield

In a first for Chesterfield, dementia specialist Admiral Nurse, Ruby Guild will be leading a clinics-based service for families in the area affected by the condition - thanks to funding from Central England Co-op.

The service is a partnership between national charity Dementia UK and The Arc Primary Care Network Chesterfield and Dronfield. Ruby’s role has been funded by Dementia UK’s charity partners at Central England Co-operative through their carrier bag levy fund.

The clinics are a new Dementia UK service provided by a local Admiral Nurse based in GP surgeries. Each of the Admiral Nurses has expert knowledge of the local services and how they can be accessed. A large part of Ruby’s role will involve her working alongside other dementia care services to support families emotionally and practically.

Dementia UK is the only charity dedicated to supporting people with dementia and their families through their dementia specialist Admiral Nurses. When things get challenging or difficult for people with dementia and their families, Admiral Nurses work alongside them; giving compassionate one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions which can be hard to find elsewhere.

Ruby’s appointment comes at a time of increased dementia diagnoses within the Chesterfield area, with the number of people with dementia and long-term health conditions expected to double by 2025. Ruby’s role will also be playing a key role in developing Derbyshire’s Well Pathway for people with dementia to ensure that there is consistency and clarity of support in all stages of the condition.

Ruby’s career in dementia care has been focused in hospital care. She has a particular interest in dementia education, delirium and behaviours which challenge.

Commenting on her role, Ruby said: “I am honoured to be one of the very first clinics-based Admiral Nurses at Dementia UK. Even before the pandemic family carers were struggling to access support following a diagnosis of dementia, but with this new service we can be there to support families more closely within their local areas.”

Paul Edwards, Director of Clinical Services at Dementia UK, said: “We are delighted to have a dementia specialist as passionate as Ruby joining our new cohort of clinics-based Admiral Nurses. The pandemic has placed extreme pressures on families with dementia; support services have closed down and families have been left not knowing where or who to turn to.

“With her in-depth knowledge of the local health and social systems and empathy for the challenges which families with the condition face, Ruby will provide that direction and support which so many family carers need.”

Hannah Gallimore, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Central England Co-op, said: “Through our partnership with Dementia UK over the last three and a half years we have seen how important their Admiral Nurse service is for people with dementia and their families.

“We are delighted that this brand-new service has been launched covering areas in Chesterfield and Dronfield which are communities our colleagues serve every day through our food stores and funeral homes.

“Our colleagues and customers have been inspired to raise thousands of pounds for Dementia UK during the partnership, with the desire to see the partnership make a direct impact on the lives of people with dementia and their families so it is extremely gratifying to see such a vital service become reality in a key area for the Society.

“The funding for the service has been possible due to monies raised through the carrier bag levy which highlights to our customers that just by shopping at their local Central England Co-op they can make a really positive impact on the lives of people in their community.”

Within the Primary Care Network for Chesterfield and Dronfield, primary care staff such as GPs, community pharmacists and social prescribers will be identifying carers with complex needs. From there, carers can then self-refer to the service.

Ruby will be offering telephone and video appointments in line with the current guidance around Covid-19, and face to face appointments once restrictions lift.

The other clinics services which have been created are in Staffordshire, East Sussex, Edinburgh and Nottingham.

For any other carers who are unable to self-refer but reside in the area, the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline will also be available Monday to Friday 9am-9pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm on 0800 888 6678.

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