Her appointment comes as she awaits news next month to see if she has been chosen 2016 Nurse of the Year ahead of shortlisted colleagues in London, Nottingham and Newcastle. Last July - with the support of Dementia UK - Pam became the North of England’s first Admiral nurse in an acute hospital, and only the third in the country.
Tameside’s Chief Nurse Pauline Jones says that as a mental health nurse with over 25 years experience, Pam has been ideally placed to give much-needed practical and emotional support to patients and their families throughout their experience of dementia that is tailored to their individual needs and challenges.
“Her new role will help her achieve even better outcomes for patients and strengthen leadership within the dementia team of doctors, consultants, nurses, other health prectioners and carers, “ she explains.
Pam, who lives with her partner and two sons in Saddleworth, near Oldham, says it’s a privilege to be able to work with people with dementia and their families, and to be welcomed into their lives when they are at their most vulnerable.
“It is such an honour to have the opportunity to be part of the fantastic journey of integrated care that Tameside Hospital is taking with staff, patients and the local communities to make sure their views are being heard and listened to. As a result, it has offered me the privileged position of being able to support people with dementia and their loved ones in a meaningful and proactive way,” she adds.
Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care Trust Chief Executive, Karen James believes the appointment will make a huge difference to levels of service and support. She explains: “Pam will work collaboratively with staff and the community to provide a seamless approach to care for people living with dementia. This is a high profile role, acting as the clinical lead in the provision of dementia services with a focus on both strategic and clinical issues. The role includes practical, clinical care of patients – and support for their family carers - along with the wider remit of consultation, education and evaluation, acting as the ‘expert resource’ for dementia in an integrate care setting.
“Pam has a real understanding and empathy for supporting people with dementia, and their loved ones. At Tameside we are determined to provide an interface between health and social care for all our patients. Dementia UK are helping us achieve the gold standard of care I want to see available for everyone we care for.”
Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and Chief Executive, Dementia UK explains: “There are approximately 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and almost a quarter of them who have early onset disease are first diagnosed in hospital A&E departments.
“The Consultant Admiral Nurse provides strategic, professional, clinical leadership and consultancy in nursing practice contributing to and influencing training and education programmes to increase awareness and promote best practice in dementia care throughout the hospital.”