HONITON ADMIRAL NURSE: So we have all the money - what do we do next?

PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:30 04 June 2018

The Memory Cafe's Admiral Nurse Heidi Crook. Ref shs 10 18TI 9026. Picture: Terry Ife

The Memory Cafe's Admiral Nurse Heidi Crook. Ref shs 10 18TI 9026. Picture: Terry Ife


Discussions are underway as to how to the role of an Admiral Nurse will work in practice to support families affected by dementia in Honiton and surrounding areas.

Dementia UK and Honiton Dementia Action Alliance will be working in partnership with Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and other health and social care and voluntary organisations to ensure the service complements the needs of the community.

In upcoming months, a selection panel will be formed which comprises community members – including a sixth form student from Honiton Community College and a carer, as well as someone living with dementia.

These people will work together to find the right person to fill the Admiral Nurse role on a three-year contract initially.

Heather Penwarden, chair of HDAA, said: “While this is an incredible achievement for our community to have to got to this position so quickly, we are fully aware of the enormity of the task ahead of us.

“Once the Admiral Nurse is employed, we will not to lose them. Going forward, HDAA will be continuing with its fundraising campaign.

“It needs to raise £50,000 a year – equating to roughly £1,000 a week – to keep the Admiral Nurse.”

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