Biography – Lorraine Burgess, QN, PGCE, BSc, MSc, DipN, RMN. RGN
Macmillan Dementia Nurse Consultant
Lorraine is a dual qualified nurse who has worked within the field of gerontology and dementia for the past 40 years. She was one of the first Mental Health Nurses to be employed by an Acute Hospital Trust back in 2001 as a Dementia Educator/Specialist Nurse working alongside Professor Alistair Burns and later worked as an Admiral Nurse. She now works in the unique role as Macmillan Dementia Nurse Consultant at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust, a Specialist Oncology Treatment Centre in South Manchester clinically supporting patients and carers affected by cancer and co-existing dementia and providing dementia education around the UK for Macmillan Professionals. She is also currently involved in National work being developed around Frailty, Oncology and Older people with Macmillan and the British Geriatric Society,
Lorraine has received several awards for her work around dementia care and was given the prestigious title in 2014 of Nursing Times Nurse of the Year. In April 2015 she was awarded the Queen’s Nurse title and in 2016 was in the finals of the International Dementia Leader awards. She is passionate about partnership working in order to influence person centred holistic care and supporting people with dementia and their carers.