Butterfly Scheme
Sussex Community NHS Trust takes lead on dementia
21 September 2015

Sussex Community NHS Trust takes lead on dementia

Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) has appointed its first dementia specialist to lead its work in caring for and supporting people with dementia. 

Lucy Frost is SCT’s dementia lead and nurse consultant. She qualified as a nurse in 2003, and since then has worked in a number of different settings supporting people with dementia and their carers.

Lucy said: “There are more than 27,000 people in Sussex who live with dementia. Our community hospitals are supporting a high number of people with dementia and memory impairment and we provide nursing support and care to people at home, many of whom live with dementia alongside other health needs.

“Dementia is expected to affect one in three people so it’s very important we respond well to that need.

“We will be developing a strategy for dementia care to ensure that the organisation is doing all it can to provide the right support. This strategy will outline what we hope to do in developing and improving existing services. 

“Dementia is a health need that will be encountered in many services, so it’s really important that we can offer the right care, in an informed and person centred way.”

SCT has a number of initiatives in the area of dementia. There is a new Admiral Nursing Service in Brighton & Hove - a specialist nursing approach for people with dementia and their family carer. In October it will launch the Butterfly Scheme and start an education programme to support up to 800 members of staff.