Sutton Council’s Admiral Nurses service, which provides specialist support for borough families living with dementia, has been shortlisted for this year’s Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards.

The service has been shortlisted in the category of CCG and Local Authority Integrated commissioning for Carers. Judges had a tough job scoring and commended the high quality of entries this year.

The Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who play a unique, caring role by working across different parts of the health and social care system. They ensure that the needs of family carers and people with dementia can be addressed in a co-ordinated way.

Sutton is one of a few local authorities in England to host an Admiral Nurse Service team. The service is a partnership between Sutton Council, NHS Sutton CCG and Dementia UK, the national charity that develops and maintains Admiral Nursing.

Alastair McLellan, Editor of HSJ, said:

“With the NHS experiencing a tough time as funding fails to keep up with demand, the HSJ Awards are once again the best reminder of the excellence the service is capable of. Taken together the entries to the HSJ Awards represent work which, directly or indirectly, has saved thousands of lives and enhanced many times that number.”

The shortlisted organisations will complete presentations and interviews to a judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector.

The winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony on 23 November at the Intercontinental O2 in London.