Dementia service up for national awards

Members of the teams which have been shortlisted for two Nursing Times Awards including Aileen Beatty, clinical lead (back middle).
Members of the teams which have been shortlisted for two Nursing Times Awards including Aileen Beatty, clinical lead (back middle).

Community nurses who help deliver specialist care to people in North Tyneside suffering from dementia are in the running for two national awards.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s specialist behaviour support service and nursing and residential home team have been shortlisted in two categories of the Nursing Times Award.

The teams support staff in care homes to car for people with dementia who display behaviour that could be perceived as ‘challenging’.

The service aims to prevent people from being admitted to hospital and being moved unnecessarily from their familiar surroundings which can cause further distress.

Aileen Beatty, clinical lead for the service, said: “We are delighted that our collaborative approach, which has only been in operation for less than 18 months, has been recognised on a national stage with two nominations.

“Dementia touches the lives of so many people and as a trust we are committed to improving the care of our vulnerable elderly patients whether they are in hospital, in the community or at home.”

The Nursing Times Award winners will be announced on October 30.