Dementia UK, the provider of dementia specialist support, has announced the appointment of its first ever Consultant Admiral Nurse for Lewy body dementia.
The appointment, funded by the Lewy Body Society, will see Rachel Thompson support professionals working with people affected by the condition, encouraging links between research and practice and developing new materials.
Prior to this new role, Thompson was the Professional and Practice Development Lead for Admiral Nursing at Dementia UK.
She led a team which ensures that Admiral Nurses are at the forefront of dementia care through learning and development opportunities, such as through coaching and mentoring.
Commenting on the new role, Thompson said: “This role gives me a unique opportunity to help embed good practice in care and support those affected by Lewy body dementia, and connect the many professionals who are focusing on the condition. The Lewy Body Society is a small charity that makes a big difference in raising awareness and supporting research, and I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Jacqueline Cannon, chief executive of the Lewy Body Society, said: “We would like to welcome Rachel to the team. With her 30 years’ experience as a nurse, plus her expertise in delivering training and in developing services and tools for practitioners, we are sure she will make a big impact on care for people living with Lewy body dementia and their families.”
Lewy body dementia is estimated to affect more than 100,000 people in the UK. It can be diagnosed wrongly and is often mistaken for Alzheimer’s.
People with dementia with Lewy bodies may have problems with understanding, thinking, memory and judgement; periods of fluctuating alertness alternating with periods of confusion or sleepiness; slow movement, stiff limbs and tremors; hallucinations; disturbed sleep; and fainting spells, unsteadiness and falls.