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60 seconds with nurse consultant for dementia and older people Chris O’Connor

Draw on every experience and never be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone, says nurse consultant Chris O’Connor. 
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Draw on every experience and never be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone, says nurse consultant Chris O’Connor

Chris O’Connor trained at the Nightingale School of Nursing at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, qualifying as a mental health nurse in 1993. In a career spanning almost 25 years, he has worked in acute psychiatry, learning disabilities and older people's services, before becoming head of nursing practice for a London mental health trust. Married with two children, his current role is nurse consultant for dementia and older people at East Surrey Hospital.

What are your main work responsibilities? Developing the trust’s dementia strategy and ensuring the organisation is dementia-friendly, including providing staff training and service development and supporting patients with dementia and their families and carers.

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