Professor June Andrews is an authoritative dementia expert with a focus on improving the public understanding of dementia. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, the world's largest nursing union and professional body, and has been recognised as one of the most influential clinicians in the UK. As a professor emeritus she now advises the Dementia Services Development Trust, a charity that focuses on people affected by dementia and disrupting popular misconceptions about dementia.
Andrews has a degree in Philosophy and English Literature from the University of Glasgow. She began her nursing career qualifying as a psychiatric and general nurse while studying for a postgraduate degree in American Studies at the University of Nottingham. Her clinical nursing posts in England were in care of older people, and she became a regular contributor to nursing journals and conferences on ethical issues related to later life. She was the head of the Royal College of Nursing in Scotland before returning to practice as a Director of Nursing in the NHS. She was a senior civil servant in the Scottish Government, leading the Centre for Change and Innovation to foster improvement in delivery of health care, including cancer, diabetes, depression, and operational issues such as waiting times. In 2020 she graduated with a degree in Law from the University of Edinburgh.
Most of her clinical career has been working with older people and people with mental health problems. For ten years she was the director of a university team that provided information, consultancy and training based on research evidence about what is practical and makes a difference. Her book, Dementia; what you need to know, and its UK version, Dementia the One Stop Guide, is a detailed guide to what makes a difference in the life of a person with dementia and has been described as, “Exactly what is needed. Sensible advice from someone who knows what she is talking about.” Her blog posts are sometimes controversial, but her independence means that she can speak out when others aren’t able. She says, “The dementia field these days is crowded, and frequently competitive or even combative. Everyone has the right to be heard. Even me.”