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£700,000 to go towards dementia care in central Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 17:10 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:10 15 May 2017

A generic photo of an older woman receiving support. Photo: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

A generic photo of an older woman receiving support. Photo: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

Some £700,000 a year is to be invested in a two-year service to help people in central Norfolk with dementia live more comfortably.

The service - run between the NHS and Dementia UK - will kick off this summer and run across South Norfolk, Norwich and North Norfolk.

It will see two admiral nurses - who provide the specialist dementia support - in each area, supporting families and carers looking after loved ones and helping them live more positively with dementia.

Running the team of six will be an Admiral nurse clinical lead, based in Norwich, and applications are now being taken.

Fundraising and campaigning efforts from local groups has enabled the recruitment to go forward.

Zena Aldridge, regional admiral nurse for Dementia UK, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be recruiting our first nurse for the service. Dementia affects all of us, whether we are families, businesses or a statutory public service, it is important that we target our resources to enable those affected to get the right specialist support to enable them to live positively with the condition.”

Dr Liz Waddy, the dementia lead at NHS South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “The partnership approach that Dementia UK and our CCGs have developed is truly forward thinking and we are delighted that this service is one step nearer to launching.”

Recruitment for the further six nursing posts is expected to begin soon, with a view to establish the service by late August.

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