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60 seconds with dementia expert June Andrews

The only thing in life that is rationed is time – so don’t waste a minute, says professor June Andrews
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The only thing in life that is rationed is time so dont waste a minute, says professor June Andrews.

Professor June Andrews was made an OBE earlier this year for services to people with dementia. Her 30-year nursing career has spanned clinical practice, policy making and strategic management, including 10 years as director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at Scotlands University of Stirling. Married with one daughter, she now works independently to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers. In 2012, she was given the chief nursing officers lifetime achievement award, and in 2014 received the fellowship of the RCN, the colleges highest honour awarded to UK nurses who have made an exceptional contribution to healthcare.

What are your main work responsibilities? Consultancy in care of frail older

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The only thing in life that is rationed is time – so don’t waste a minute, says professor June Andrews. 


June Andrews: best lesson from nursing?
Look after your feet!

Professor June Andrews was made an OBE earlier this year for services to people with dementia. Her 30-year nursing career has spanned clinical practice, policy making and strategic management, including 10 years as director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at Scotland’s University of Stirling. Married with one daughter, she now works independently to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers. In 2012, she was given the chief nursing officer’s lifetime achievement award, and in 2014 received the fellowship of the RCN, the college’s highest honour awarded to UK nurses who have made an exceptional contribution to healthcare. 

What are your main work responsibilities?  
Consultancy in care of frail older people. I’m a non-executive director for about 4 days a month and am writing the international edition of my book, Dementia The One Stop Guide. 

How did you get your job?  
I left the University of Stirling and set up on my own. My current contracts came to me through networking and my website

Who are your clients/patients?
Target Healthcare, a real estate investment trust, and Anchor, the biggest non-profit elder care provider in England. Also families and other organisations internationally. 

What do you love about your job? 
The variety and learning new things from fantastic people and in different settings.

What do you find most difficult? 
Saying ‘no’ to work. I’m learning, but I find it difficult to turn things down. 

What is your top priority at work?
To be useful and effective by remaining independent and authoritative.

What has been your most formative career experience? 
Being a trade union leader at the RCN. I had to learn how to negotiate, survive being savaged by the media, and how politics work. 

What will be your next career move? 
What have you got? I’m up for anything legal that stretches my skills and is useful to others.

What is the best lesson nursing has taught you? 
Look after your feet. Whether pounding through a hospital, a conference or an airport, you can laugh in the face of adversity with comfortable shoes. 

What career advice would you give your younger self? 
Trust your instincts and don’t waste a minute. The only thing in life that is rationed is time.

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