Admiral Nurses on the way

By Jo Macaulay

Published on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 10:00


Admiral Nurses on the way

Isle of Wight NHS executive director of nursing and workforce Alan Sheward and Lady Sally Grylls.

TWO Admiral Nurses are due to join the nursing team at St Mary’s Hospital, following a campaign by Lady Sally Grylls, Bear Grylls’s mother.

Lady Grylls attended International Nurses Day at the hospital, when plans to introduce at least two Admiral Nurses to staff were announced.

The specialist nurses are trained to help those with dementia and hold the Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) qualification, with post-registration experience in mental health care.

The name Admiral Nurse comes from vascular dementia sufferer, Joseph Levy, who was known as Admiral Joe because of his love of sailing.

Alan Sheward, executive director of nursing and workforce at the hospital, said: "We’re talking about having two Admiral Nurses and using them to train our healthcare assistants.

"It’s helpful on the Isle of Wight we have an integrated trust with acute, community, mental health and the ambulance service in the one trust."

Lady Grylls said: "I’m so pleased St Mary’s will be the flagship for Admiral Nurses on the Isle of Wight and hope more organisations, such as medical centres and nursing homes, will come forward to host more."


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