Evaluating Support for Carers of People with Dementia: UK Dementia Congress 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Carers are the most valuable resource we have in dementia care, yet little is known about how best to support them. Different areas of the country offer different types and levels of service. Admiral Nursing is the only specialist nursing service with a specific focus on supporting carers of people with dementia. In this presentation we report the findings of the first national study of Admiral Nursing to measure the outcomes of this model of support for carers of people with dementia.
The study was conducted by the Social Policy Research Unit (University of York) in partnership with tide and Dementia UK, and was funded by the National Institute for Health Research. We developed a questionnaire through interviews and focus groups with carers. The questionnaire was then distributed to around 1000 current carers across 32 areas of the England, 16 with and 16 without Admiral Nursing services. Over 300 responses were received, giving a rich insight into the health and quality of life of carers using different types of services and the costs incurred by them and by the health and social care system. Qualitative interviews were also conducted with professional stakeholders in areas with and without Admiral Nursing to improve our understanding of the service context and the way Admiral Nursing interacts with the wider service system.
The findings of this study will have implications for health and social care service planning and commissioning. They will also help people affected by dementia and the professionals who work with them to make the case for the most effective services in their area.
Period9 Nov 2017
Event titleUK Dementia Congress 2017
Event typeConference
Conference number12
LocationDoncasterShow on map


  • Dementia
  • carers
  • Admiral Nurses
  • Specialist nursing
  • Case management
  • Continuity of care