Memory nurse Andy Tysoe devised #DementiaDO after growing tired of seeing society expecting people with dementia to fit around them instead of the other way around.
He was asked to host awareness sessions for NHS staff at the Countess, but stressed that it isn’t just nurses who need to know more. Andy wanted to actually DO something to make a real difference, which is why he started doing regular free sessions for everyone.
Three years later, NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has attended a session, there is now a dementia friendly checkout at Tesco in Chester and earlier this year a number of people living with dementia took centre stage talking about their lives at a Listen, Learn and #DO conference hosted at Chester Town Hall.
The #DementiaDO hashtag has garnered more than two million impressions during that time, with NHS Improvement and NHS England frequently tweeting about it.
Cheshire West and Chester Council were quick to support Andy and he works closely with them, hosting #DementiaDO sessions for them as well as ones at the hospital.
The sessions have inspired many people across the region, with management staff at McArthur Glen Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet and Cheshire Police officers among those who have used Andy’s stories to change the way they work.
As a Fab Ambassador Andy has this year been travelling all over the country meeting other innovative NHS employees at Fab Activists Schools, spreading the word about #DementiaDO.
For more information about Andy’s work with #DementiaDO check out our collection here.
Booking on to a session
If you want to book to attend a 90-minute #DementiaDO session you can attend ones being held by both the Countess of Chester Hospital and Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Session calendar for 2017
||10:30 - 12noon
Countess of Chester Hospital
Education & Training Centre