HONITON ADMIRAL NURSE: A message from Dementia UK's Rachel Johnstone

PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 May 2018

Rachel Johnstone, of Dementia UK. Photo: Callum Lawton

Rachel Johnstone, of Dementia UK. Photo: Callum Lawton

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In September last year, I was invited to a Honiton Dementia Action Alliance meeting to speak about the Admiral Nurse's role to a room of committed and passionate individuals, united by a vision to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers in Honiton and the surrounding areas.

Little did I know that just eight months later, we would find ourselves on the cusp of bringing an Admiral Nurse to Honiton.

It has been an absolute privilege to work alongside Honiton Dementia Action Alliance, the wider community and our health and social care partners to turn this vision into a reality.

Undoubtedly, the support provided through the Midweek Herald has also led us to being able to celebrate this significant achievement for Honiton within an incredibly short time.

Whilst I play a key part in developing Admiral Nursing services throughout the South West and South Wales in my role as business development officer for Dementia UK, this service has personal significance from me, being someone who lives locally.

Like so many people involved with this wonderful campaign, I hold at the forefront of my mind families who I know who will truly benefit from the expert one-to-one support provided by an Admiral Nurse – and it’s hard to put into words just how much this means.

The work now begins in earnest to develop and define how the service will work, leading us to recruiting an Admiral Nurse for Honiton – someone with the skills and experience in dementia care to help families to live more positively with dementia in the present and face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.

Rachel Johnstone

Business development officer (South West and South Wales, Dementia UK)

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