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Memory Service welcomes new expertise
04 August 2017

The IOW NHS Trust’s Memory Service are welcoming a new staff member to the team. Robin George, a new lead practitioner in dementia has joined the Dementia Liaison Team. Robin will be working with Marzi Daish, a Healthcare Assistant for the Dementia Liaison Team. The Liaison team is located within the memory service and provides daily input onto the wards at St Mary’s Hospital. Both Robin and Marzi will provide support and advice to the hospital inpatient areas, working closely with doctors, nurses and other staff who are ‘Dementia Champions’ to provide person centered care that enhances the experience of people with memory needs whilst in hospital.

Robin has a vast experience in Mental Health. He started nurse training in Gwent in 1978, initially within Learning Difficulties before completing Mental Health Nurse Training in Portsmouth in 1983. Whilst clinical lead at a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) he obtained a PGDip (Postgraduate Diploma) with Middlesex University/Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and completed his Specialist Practitioners Qualification in 2006.

His experience includes managing a PICU, instigating change in a medium secure Rehabilitation Service based on the recovery model, managing an Elderly Mentally ill (EMI) residential home and a young adult community unit. He has also travelled internationally with the Air Ambulance Service dealing with the repatriation of mental health patients.

Transferring from Community Mental Health Services to the Memory Service Robin is keen to follow in the path of our Dementia Lead Nurse, Bev Malone, in developing the Dementia Liaison aspect of the Memory Service.

Marzi has always been passionate about working within care, predominantly within Mental Health. She has previously worked with individuals with Dementia in a Residential Care Home. Marzi eventually hopes to complete her nurse training to become a qualified Mental Health Nurse. Within her role Marzi aims to provide the highest quality care to individuals with dementia including making hospital admissions easier and less frightening for them. She also hopes to be able to provide ward staff with advice and support when caring for individuals with dementia on the acute wards.

Andrew Hughes, Team Leader for the Memory service said: “We are really excited to have both Robin and Marzi in the Team. Both are extremely passionate about the work they do and I know having them on the team will improve the experience of an inpatient stay for the patient and their family or carer but they will also provide ward staff with that extra advice and support when caring for individuals with dementia.”

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