June Andrews, OBE, FRCN, was the Professor of Dementia Studies at the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling. The Dementia Services Development Centre seeks to improve the understanding of dementia, improve the lives of people with dementia and improve the standard of care for patients with dementia in hospital.
She attended Ardrossan Academy and undertook an honours degree in Philosophy and English Literature at the University of Glasgow. She began her nursing career at Mapperly Hospital and the Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham and qualified as a psychiatric and general nurse while studying for a post-graduate degree in American Studies. Her clinical nursing posts in the NHS 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 Scottish Board Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, 1992-99. In 1999 she was appointed as Director of Nursing in Forth Valley NHS. She was a civil servant, serving as Director of the Centre for Change and Innovation (CCI) in the Scottish Government 2002-2007. The purpose of the CCI was to foster improvement in delivery of health care, including cancer, diabetes, depression, and operational issues such as waiting times.
In 2010 in Philadelphia, Andrews was presented with the Founders Award of the British American Project, of which she is a Fellow and member of the Advisory Board. The British American Project is a leadership network celebrating and encouraging this transatlantic relationship.
In 2011 the RCN and Nursing Standard awarded her the Robert Tiffany International prize for promoting evidence-based improvement in dementia care around the world.
She was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the four Chief Nurses of the UK at the Nursing Times Awards in 2012, and was recognised by the Health Service Journal as being one of the top 100 influential clinical leaders in England and the top 50 inspirational women in the UK in 2013.
She was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing in 2014, an award given to UK registered nurses who have made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of nursing and health care as a profession.
With Mark Butler, Director of The People Organisation, Andrews was author of Trusted to Care, an independent report on the care of frail older people in general hospitals in Wales, which gave rise to an immediate review of the care of elderly patients at all Welsh hospitals
Andrews is the author (with Professor Allan House) of Ten Helpful Hints for Carers of People with Dementia, which has sold 65,000 copies, and her forthcoming book, The One-Stop Guide to Dementia; Practical Advice for Families, Professionals, and People Living with Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, was published by Profile Books in February 2015 and has been followed by editions in North America (When Someone You Know Has Dementia) and an international edition (Dementia What You Need To Know) will be published in late 2016.
Andrews was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to people with dementia.