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Salford nursing lecturer to be recognised at prestigious International Nurses Day ceremony for pioneering dementia work


Salford nursing lecturer to be recognised at prestigious International Nurses Day ceremony for pioneering dementia work

Wednesday 6 May 2015

A pioneering University of Salford nursing lecturer is to be recognised at Westminster Abbey on International Nurses Day.

Natalie Yates-Bolton will take part in the annual Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service today (Wednesday 6 May) at Westminster Abbey and has been chosen to receive Florence Nightingale’s lamp at the altar, as part of the Service’s Ceremony of the Lamp.

Her inclusion recognises the work Natalie has done around dementia care since studying in the USA in 2011, funded by a Florence Nightingale Foundation Travel Scholarship.

Natalie’s scholarship allowed her to study methods of support for people living with dementia through dementia-friendly environments. She also studied how engaging activities and emotionally intelligent care can enhance the quality of life of people living with dementia. Natalie worked with experts at Hearthstone Alzheimer Care in Boston and also at the Cleveland Clinic, one of the foremost hospitals in America.

On her return to the UK, Natalie helped to establish Dementia Design Group that has now evolved to become part of the Salford Institute for Dementia, a leading centre for dementia education, research and innovation, the only one of its kind in the UK. She has also established a unique new Masters programme – Dementia: Care and Enabling Environments – at the University to help train the next generation of professionals making a difference to the experience of living with dementia.

Florence Nightingale is credited as being the founder of modern nursing and the commemoration ceremony is held each year on her birthday, International Nurses Day, to celebrate her contribution and that of today’s nurses to healthcare.

She rose to prominence during the Crimean War and was often called ‘The Lady with the Lamp’ due to her work tending to injured soldiers at night.

This year’s event will be attended by nurses and representatives from the Florence Nightingale Foundation which creates a living memorial to her inspirational work by awarding scholarships to support the study of nursing and midwifery, like the one Natalie received.

Natalie has previously worked in London and Australia, is currently a nursing lecturer at the University of Salford and co-lead at the pioneering Salford Institute for Dementia.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, Natalie said: “As someone who has spent their whole career in nursing it’s an honour to be asked to be play a key role in the Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service on International Nurses Day.

“Florence continues to be an inspiration for nurses across the world and the support I have had from the Nightingale Foundation has allowed me to realise my goals of opening an inter-disciplinary centre for dementia at the University of Salford that will hopefully make a real contribution to nursing in the UK.

“I know that nurses at the service and around the world will be thinking about Florence and her legacy on 6 May 6 and I’m proud to be part of such an inspirational profession.”