We are thrilled to announce that Tim Allen and Hannah Rogers, our Admiral Nurses, have won the regional south west Parliamentary Award in the Nursing and Midwifery category. They were successful among 87 nominees – the highest number since the awards were introduced in 2018 to mark the NHS’ 70th birthday.
Tim and Hannah specialise in dementia care, operating an acute and community based model so that patients and families can be supported in the hospital and in their own homes.
Trained and supported by Dementia UK, Tim and Hannah provide the specialist dementia support that families need. They work alongside people with dementia, their families and carers to give one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions that people need, and that can be hard to find elsewhere.
They work in all wards and departments, supporting the families of patients who are in hospital for end-of-life care, working with staff to care for patients with families who have complex dementia needs and continuing support in the Swindon locality for patients once they have been discharged.
They also support staff with additional training and help them to deliver person centred care for dementia patients in hospital.
Tim and Hannah have recently worked with the Trust charity, Brighter Futures, to launch a Dementia Appeal which will raise funds to improve dementia care across the Trust, starting with the purchase of dementia-friendly clocks and RITA therapy machines.
They recently took part in a 10k a day challenge to raise funds for the appeal, and are committed to doing what they can do improve services for patients with dementia. This includes featuring in a promotional video to raise awareness of the appeal.
They have also recently turned a room on the older person’s ward into a dementia-friendly room for patients, complete with artwork displaying a nature scene, an interactive table and a trolley of games, historical memorabilia and other tools designed to jog memory and positive emotion.
Tim and Hannah work with hundreds of families every year across Swindon and Wiltshire to provide life-changing care. Their work will see huge improvements to dementia care for months and years to come.
Hannah and Tim said: “We’re surprised yet delighted to receive this award on behalf of our service. Caring for an individual with a diagnosis of dementia is no easy feat and we feel honoured to be welcomed into the lives of so many families who provide such dedicated support each day.
“We’re really pleased that the work we have been doing to enhance patient-centred care for those with dementia has been recognised and we continue to strive to build on our achievements in the years to come. Thank you to everybody who has supported our small team of two over the past four years and who have worked with us to make the Admiral Nurse service a success.”
Robert Buckland MP added: “I am delighted that Tim Allen and Hannah Rogers have won the Regional South West Parliamentary Award in the Nursing and Midwifery category.
“It is fantastic that their invaluable work to support patients and families here in Swindon, both in the hospital and in their own homes, with dementia care has been recognised and rewarded.”
A huge congratulations to Tim and Hannah, who will now go forward to the national awards ceremony in London on 6 July.