Dr Emily Oliver
Consultant Admiral Nurse and Visiting Fellow
Place of work / study:
Dementia UK and University of Southampton
Area of research:
Dementia care in acute hospitals
How is your work funded?
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am registered mental health nurse, currently working as a Consultant Admiral Nurse at Dementia UK. Within this role I am involved in the development of dementia specialist nursing services across the South West of England and South/West of Wales. I have specialised in dementia care since qualifying in 2014 and has gained experience working within the public, private and charitable sector, as well as within academia. I am passionate about the care for older people, specifically people living with dementia and the work environment in which the care is provided. In 2019, I completed her Clinical Academic Doctorate funded by the National Institute of Health Research and supported by the University of Southampton which explored the worksystem factors of the acute care ward and the effect on nursing staff capacity for relational dementia care. Since qualifying, I have also participated and led on other research studies that focuses on the care of older people in hospital and has been awarded a Florence Nightingale Travel Scholarship in which I am going to visit Denmark to learn more about dementia friendly hospitals.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
When I was younger, I appeared in an episode of Basil Brush!
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
My first placement in my undergraduate nursing course was on a small, organic dementia ward and from the first day, I absolutely loved it. I enjoyed building relationships with both the person with dementia and their families and enjoyed the overlap between mental health and general nursing. Despite having six placements in a variety of settings, this was the one that called to me and since then, I have always wanted to work in dementia care.