Dementia UK has picked up two prestigious awards for its Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline.
The national charity, which provides specialist dementia support, was handed the Helpline of the Year Award at the sixth annual Helplines Partnership Awards in Birmingham last week.
Susan Drayton, clinical lead for the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline, also won the Random Act of Kindness Award and achieved third place in the Employee of the Year category.
Commenting on the news, Drayton said: “This award win is such fantastic news and is testament to the wealth of expertise and compassion that Admiral Nurses provide to the thousands of families living with dementia. The health and social care system is still so fragmented and in an environment where public health programmes are dwindling, the Helpline is vital for families who feel they have nowhere else to turn to.”
“I’m also hugely honoured to reach third place in the ‘Employee of the Year’ award and to win the ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ award. However, these awards are also shared with our amazingly dedicated team who continue to develop the Helpline and are shining examples of what it means to be dementia specialist Admiral Nurses.”
The Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline is the only nurse-led helpline in the UK for anyone with questions about dementia.
People can ring up about anything from signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for, support in getting a diagnosis as well as advice in responding to changes in behaviour.
Caption: (L-R) Admiral Nurses Vicky Wheeler, Rachael Webb and Barbara Fitzpatrick, alongside Susan Drayton, clinical lead of the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline, and Dolores Lewis, Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline Administrator.