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Diana Burgui

Senior Social Worker

Memory Clinic, St James's Hospital / Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC)

dburgui@stjames.ie
dementia.ie/about-us/about-dsidc
Key Areas: Older people, Dementia, Delirium, Frailty, Health Services, Social Services, Family Support.

Diana has worked in the field of Social Work for over 25 years, in primary care in Spain, assessing the need of older people and people with disabilities for home care and providing emotional support with life changes, and in Ireland in hospital settings, at out-patient clinic, day hospital, in-patient and emergency department supporting older people and their families with their transition in hospital. Diana has family experience of dementia and understands the stress and emotions that dementia elicits on the person, carers and family.

There is no such thing as “good enough” when working with people with dementia. Thinking like that is, in fact, never good enough.

She is passionate about awareness and information, and eventually shifting minds, aiming that dementia should be no different to other physical illnesses in terms of our thoughts or fears, and that we should see the person and forget the dementia. Currently as Senior Social Worker in the Memory Clinic, Diana supports patients and families at the point of diagnosis with emotional support, breaking myths, giving practical advice, a perspective of hope and signposting of services. In DSIDC she fulfils a role as educator and researcher, promoting awareness and education of professionals in the field of dementia as well as contributing to information and research documents and leaflets.

Bio: Qualified in 1993 in La Rioja, Spain. From 1994 to date working with older people. Moved to Ireland in 2005 working in Tallaght University Hospital until 2017, Connolly Hospital from 2017 to 2018 and in 2018 joined DSIDC and the MIRA Memory Clinic in St James's Hospital. Member of Steering group of Dementia Friendly Hospital Guidelines, Former speaker at Gerontology Nursing Programme in TUH, Speaker at the Medical Surgical Nursing Programme in SJH, speaker at the National Dementia Education Programme

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