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Nurse Leanne receives top award for dementia campaign

Posted on Thursday 13th December 2018

A Carlisle nurse who has recruited over 400 dementia friends has received a top award in recognition of her work.

Leanne Story, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, was awarded the Jim Cox Prize for most inspirational student at her University of Cumbria graduation ceremony (November 27).

The 24 year old adult nursing graduate won the prize for organising a conference earlier this year to raise awareness of the condition among more than 80 fellow students.

Now, having trained over 400 friends, she continues her mission with the aim that anyone who comes in contact with dementia patients better understands their needs.

Leanne said: “Throughout our placements we regularly worked with patients with dementia yet we didn’t have much training in this area. I wanted to improve care for these patients and help others to do the same. The conference and dementia friends training have educated more people so we can improve the quality of life and the care that we give to patients living with dementia.

“It was lovely to receive the award - I didn’t expect it at all but it’s nice that the work I’ve done has been appreciated.”

Professor Louise Nelson, head of nursing at the university, nominated Leanne for the award because of the difference she has made to staff and students’ knowledge and understanding of dementia patients:

“Leanne has made a huge difference to the student population and in public settings in recognising dementia and in enabling staff and students to be dementia friends. Leanne’s bubbly and vivacious personality has a really positive effect on her fellow colleagues and she makes an admiral ambassador for the Dementia Friends organisation.”

The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme aims to change perceptions of dementia. Friends learn about the small ways someone can make a difference to the lives of those living with dementia.

Leanne has already landed her dream job working in the Elm C dementia and delirium ward at Cumberland Infirmary. A fast-paced and exciting working environment but Leanne loves the challenge.

Leanne added: “I love my job, it’s such a nice ward to work on.”

Issued by University of Cumbria