Dementia care is set to be in the spotlight in Southampton city as a local NHS organisation and charity team up to launch a new network to help share support and ideas.
Solent NHS Trust, which provides community and specialist mental health services in Portsmouth, Southampton and other parts of Hampshire, has partnered with Dementia UK, the national charity that develops Admiral Nurse services, to support and advise a team of local Admiral Nurses.
Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who give expert practical, clinical and emotional support to families living with dementia to help them cope. They are registered nurses, and have significant experience of working with people with dementia before becoming an Admiral Nurse.
The Solent Dementia Network will be officially launching at a special event on Thursday 28 January from 12.30pm-2pm in the Conservatory, Westwood House, 100 Peartree Avenue.
The network is designed to give the Trust’s dementia nurses and healthcare professionals easy access to quality information and support, which in turn will lead to better care for the Trust’s dementia patients.
Karen Cotton, Solent NHS Trust’s lead for the Southampton Admiral Nurse Service said: “Dementia is a condition that can dramatically alter someone’s life and it is also an illness that can affect people in very different ways. As healthcare professionals we are constantly learning new things and we feel this network will allow that learning to flourish.
“This is a fairly simple idea, but we hope it will keep up interest and enthusiasm for good dementia care. This network will develop into a forum where ideas, thoughts and actions can be discussed in a bid to ensure best practices are shared so we can make sure our patients are receiving the best care possible.”
Although this will be a closed group, a big part of the network’s function will be to keep its members up to date with local projects and the resources available for people living with dementia and their carers. This will mean nurses and other healthcare professionals will be able to share even more important information with their patients, families and carers.