A care professional has been appointed as an Admiral Nurse, a mark of excellence rarely awarded.
Jakki Whitehead, a specialist dementia nurse and service manager for people with dementia at Riversway Nursing Home in Bristol, achieved the distinguished title following an interview. She is currently the only Admiral Nurse in Bristol, and one of just 179 in the UK with only 19 based in care homes.
Admiral Nurses are recognised as a ‘beacon of excellence in the care sector, by providing unrivalled guidance, responsive solutions and innovative thinking.’ They are registered nurses prior to being appointed to the role; once in post they are helped to develop their skills even further with best practice days, training and support, with the aim of providing excellent dementia care.
Riversway will host the Admiral Nurse Service in partnership with Dementia UK to help people with dementia, their families and carers to cope with the dementia process. Admiral Nurses provide a number of services from specialist practical advice; emotional and psychological support to helping to navigate the health and social care system.
Jakki, who has worked in mental health practice for 30 years said: “I knew that becoming an Admiral Nurse would help us to provide a relevant and responsive service and to be recognised in the community as a provider of excellence. Riversway Nursing Home and the Springhill Care Group pride themselves on being at the forefront of dementia care.
“The partnership with Dementia UK and the support and expertise that it provides will help to roll out specialist-level leadership in dementia care within Springhill, informing good practice, training and promoting good communication.”