Mental health nurse, Caroline Clifton, was recruited as Belong’s first Admiral Nurse following a new partnership with Dementia UK, designed to further enhance the organisation’s expertise and resources in this area.
Caroline, who lives in Northwich, supports the families and carers of Belong residents and customers, both in the village and people living in the wider community. Caroline also provides advice and support to Belong staff in how best to care for the person living with dementia.
Previously, Caroline worked for the Cheshire and Wirral NHS Foundation Trust for 15 years, where she worked with people living with mental health problems, including dementia, in the Crewe, Nantwich, Sandbach and Alsager areas. Her most recent post was as a Community Mental Health Nurse for Older People with Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
She recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Practice in Mental Health Interventions, within the Dementia Care Pathway at the University of Manchester.
Admiral Nurses are mental health nurses that specialise in dementia. By working collaboratively with other professionals, they seek to improve the quality of life for people affected by dementia. Using a range of interventions, Admiral Nurses help people to live positively with dementia and to develop skills to improve communication and maintain relationships.
Established as a result of the experiences of family carers, Admiral Nurses are named after Joseph Levy who had vascular dementia and was known as Admiral Joe because of his keen interest in sailing.
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 continue to support Caroline's work in the villages.