I have worked over 30 years as an RMN in dementia care. I have enjoyed a variety of nursing roles including continuing care, day hospital, managerial and development posts and regularly lecture at the University of Manchester. I have been working as an Admiral Nurse for 15 years in Manchester. The role provides me with opportunities to work in true partnership with families caring for people with dementia. I have special interests in post diagnostic counselling for people with dementia and their families, an interest in abuse of vulnerable adults and studied at the University of Keele to gain a Masters Degree in Adult Protection. I also have a strong interest in palliative and end of life needs for people with dementia and their families. Admiral Nursing enables me to contribute to the development of practice both locally and nationally. In clinical practice the role helps me to prepare and support families of people with dementia at diagnosis, along the journey and pre and post bereavement. I am proud to have been able to lead my team to be successful in achieving several awards for our work in dementia care such as Dignity in Care Awards, Innovation Awards, Manchester Women of the Year and Excellence in Practice Awards. I achieved the title of Queens Nurse in 2015 in recognition for my values in practice as a community nurse.

Susan Ashcroft-Simpson