Amy Pepper

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Implementation of e-portfolios for the professional development of Admiral Nurses

Nurses are required to maintain their fitness to practise through continuing professional development activities, and must demonstrate this by maintaining a portfolio of evidence that should be available for inspection every three years. The Nursing and Midwifery Council introduced revalidation in 2016 to demonstrate that nurses are practising safely and effectively. Nurses, however, are busy healthcare professionals and, as well as clinical practice, they have other demands on their time, such as providing evidence for annual appraisals. Admiral Nurses, specialist dementia nurses who support families living with dementia, also have a three-tier competency framework designed to demonstrate their acquired expertise and knowledge in dementia care. To support Admiral Nurses in managing these activities, the charity Dementia UK gave them access to the PebblePad e-portfolio system. This article details the implementation and outcomes of this project.


Admiral Nursing: case management for families affected by dementia

The number of people with dementia is expected to increase globally. People with dementia are not affected in isolation and any intervention should also support their families and carers. Intervention is best delivered using a relationship-centred approach and a case management model. Case management has an established and successful history in supporting people with long-term conditions and those with a diagnosis of severe mental illness. This article, the last in this dementia series, discusses the Admiral Nursing case management approach to supporting patients and families affected by dementia, and provides recommendations for establishing a gold standard model of case management.


Book Review: Brocklehurst’s Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (8th edition)

Amy Pepper reviews the 8th edition of the well-regarded medical textbook.

Dementia Care at a Glance

With such a broad remit, this book attempts to provide an introductory text suitable for professionals, family carers and people who have dementia.

Advanced Nursing Practice: Changing Healthcare in a Changing World

This book provides a welcome and timely synthesis to the literature around advanced nursing practice.