A HOSPICE'S innovative work with dementia are well cared for has earned it a national award.

St Cuthbert's Hospice, in Durham, which has three specialist dementia professionals to work with its patients, picked up the accolade at the Dementia Care Awards.

In 2014, the hospice was the first in the country to employ a dementia specialist Admiral nurse to work alongside people with the disease and their families and offer one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions.

The dementia team provide support to patients within the hospice in-patient unit, to those attending day services at The Living Well Centre and also deliver a Namaste Care Service in the community for people with advanced dementia.

Admiral nurse Lisa Howarth said: “It was an honour just to be nominated but winning has shown the incredible impact hospices can have when working with people living with dementia, their families and carers.

“We are all very proud to be part of such an innovative service with such drive and ambition. The judges recognised that we achieve so much with such limited resources. The hospice relies greatly on donations from the public, businesses and charitable trusts. The delivery of range of services we offer is only possible thanks to our dedicated and compassionate volunteers. This is not only a win for St Cuthbert’s Hospice but also for those who help us to deliver our unique and specialist care in County Durham.”

Paul Edwards, director of clinical services at Dementia UK, said: “This award has put the spotlight on the invaluable work which Admiral nurses do within hospices. End of life care can be particularly emotionally and practically challenging for families with dementia so the importance of growing Admiral nurse talent in this area cannot be overstated – well done to the team at St Cuthbert’s for leading the way.”