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'Emotional lifeline' Admiral Nurses recognised for long service

Three Admiral Nurses from Dementia UK have been recognised for 20 years’ service each.

Three Admiral Nurses from Dementia UK have been recognised for 20 years’ service each.


Julia Botsford , Alison Coignard and Debbie Hawkins with their awards

Alison Coignard, Julia Botsford and Debbie Hawkins were praised by the charity for providing exceptional standards of care and support.

Admiral Nurses provide specialist dementia support, often giving one-to-one support and providing practical solutions to issues.

Ms Coignard was one of the first Admiral Nurses when she gained the title in 1993 and now works on Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline.

Dr Botsford published a booked called ‘Dementia, Cultural and Ethnicity’, which provides an insight into how culture can impact on the provision of dementia support and care.

She also works on the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline.

Ms Hawkins was the Admiral Nurse sector lead for Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, before joining the dementia helpline in 2014.

Pivotal work

Dementia UK said Ms Hawkins’ work had proved pivotal in improving the way a diagnosis of dementia is communicated to families and further praised her for helping those with learning disabilities that develop dementia.

Dementia UK chief executive and Chief Admiral Nurse Hilda Hayo said: ‘They are simply great examples of what it means to be an Admiral Nurse – a practical and emotional lifeline to families living with dementia.’


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