State-of-the-art dementia care village operator Belong has
appointed mental health nurse Claire Mallon as its second Admiral Nurse, as
part of an ongoing partnership with Dementia UK. The appointment will enhance
the organisation’s dementia care provision as it continues to grow and increase
the number of villages it operates.
Claire, who lives in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, will
support Belong residents and customers at Belong villages in Atherton, Wigan,
Didsbury and Macclesfield and in the surrounding communities, along with their
family members and carers. She will also advise Belong staff on best practice
for caring for people living with dementia.
Graduating from the University of the West of Scotland in
2001 with a diploma in Mental Health Nursing, Claire has worked in nursing in
the NHS ever since, frequently supporting older people outside of hospital
settings in peripatetic roles. She has previously been a community psychiatric
nurse for older adults for the Leeds and York NHS Foundation Trust and senior
memory liaison practitioner at the Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.
Commenting on her appointment, Claire said: “I’ve always
been passionate about dementia care and have worked predominantly with older
people living with dementia and their families, travelling around communities
to provide care and support. Taking on the role of an Admiral Nurse at Belong is
therefore a natural progression for me. Belong’s values, particularly making
positive outcomes for people the aim of everything they do, are consistent with
mine, and I’m looking forward to contributing to advancing the best dementia
care in the country.”
Stacey McCann, chief operations officer at Belong, said:
“It’s great to have Claire on-board. Having a second Admiral Nurse will allow
us to keep improving our dementia services in-line with the latest research and
best practice guidelines, as we increase the number of villages we operate.
Claire’s background, working in mental health nursing in the NHS, makes her
ideal for the role.”
Admiral Nurses are mental health nurses that specialise in
dementia care. By working collaboratively with other professionals, they seek
to improve the quality of life for people affected by dementia, helping them to
live positively with the condition and develop skills to improve communication
and maintain relationships.
Dementia UK, a charity that works in partnership with NHS
providers and commissioners, social care authorities and voluntary sector
organisations, is responsible for upholding the standards of Admiral Nurses
nationwide, and will support the work of Admiral Nurses at Belong villages.