I have worked for the Alzheimer’s Society for the past 16 years in a number of roles including spending time with people with dementia and carers in their own homes offering individual support as well as developing a range of local dementia support services such as peer support groups and a dementia café that was considered new and innovative at that time.
I currently work as Services Manager for Alzheimer’s Society in the London Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Kingston upon Thames managing a range of frontline services such as Dementia Advisers, Dementia Support Workers, Carers Support Services and Peer Support Services.
I started my career as a general nurse, then specialised as a mental health nurse working on admission wards, in care homes and in the community. I literally ‘fell’ into my dementia care career having been allocated a job as a newly qualified mental health staff nurse on an older peoples mental health ward 25 years ago. I have simply never looked back.
Working with people experiencing dementia and carers for me is one of the most interesting, challenging, rewarding and exciting jobs that I think anyone could hope for. The world of dementia care has certainly changed during my healthcare career over the last 25 years and I really look forward to seeing how it continues to develop and improve the lives of people affected by dementia.