Senior Lecturer and Omega Xi Chapter Secretary


Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Caroline AW Dickson (RN; D HSSc; MSc; PG Cert Prof & Higher Ed; Dip DN) is a Senior Lecturer in the Nursing Division. She is also a Affiliate member of the Centre for Person-centered Practice Research.

My role is Senior Lecturer within the Division of Nursing and Paramedic Science. I have been a Registered Nurse since 1985 and have gained considerable experience within community nursing, particularly district nursing, general practice nursing, quality improvement and practice development. Since moving into higher education in 2003 I have developed and led a range of community nursing programmes and contribute to teaching and learning across undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes. I am currently a member of Senate and the Equality and Diversity committees. In 2021 I was recognised for my contribution to community nursing and was awarded a Fellowship of Queens Nursing Institute, Scotland.

Within my role I have significant responsibility for research. I am a researcher within the Centre for Person-centred Practice Research  and a Director of the Person-centred Practice - International Community of Practice and co-academic editor of the International Practice Development Journal . I regularly review papers for a number of other journals including the British Journal of Community Nursing; Journal of Nursing Management and; the International Journal of Older People. I am a member of Sigma global and am active within the Omega Xi chapter. I am also a member of the Community Nursing Research Community of Practice in the UK.

I engage with practice through facilitation of practice development and leadership development within a number of organisations. Using my facilitation expertise and adopting active learning approaches, I help teams to think about person-centred practice and consider ways of developing quality, person-centred practices. This work is informing my teaching and research activity.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:
• Fellow of Queens Nursing Institute, Scotland
• Director Person-centred practice - International Community of Practice
• Omega Xi: Sigma chapter
• Community Nursing Research Community of Practice

Professional Social Media:
• Twitter @cawdickson
• Twitter @DNQMU
• LinkedIn: Dr Caroline (AW) Dickson

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

My research interests are in leadership, creating flourishing workplaces and person-centred education. The focus of my work is, in the main within ‘community’ contexts. Recent projects include The development of a Person-centred Curriculum Framework; Healthful Leadership in Nursing; The translation of learning about person-centredness into practice from a community nursing preparation programme and; CAKE:A recipe for individual and team well-being and effectiveness

My doctoral research explored the meaning of specialisation from the perspective of District Nurses. This built on previous research into Leadership within Community Nursing.

My methodological expertise lies in participatory research underpinned by practice development, active learning and person-centred practice. I also have experience in realist evaluation and Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. I have supervised learners at honours, masters and doctoral levels. I have published widely in peer-reviewed journals and have presented and national and international conferences

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:


2021: Royal College of Nursing Foundation Healthful Leadership in Nursing (HeaLiN) £30K (PI)

2021: Royal College of Nursing COVID-19 Healthcare Support Appeal CAKE: A recipe for individual and team well-being and effectiveness: £18K+ (Co-I)

2020: Queens Nursing Institute Scotland and the Community Lottery Fund. SEEDs project : £5K (Co-I)

2014 Queens Nursing Institute, Scotland. Pre-registration community placements for nursing students: a literature review (PI) - £5,000

2015 Queens Nursing Institute, Scotland. Creating Connections Research Programme using realist evaluation to develop the CHOICE (Connecting Health and Social care to Offer Individualised Care at End of Life for Patients and Families at Home) model (PI) - £10,000

2015 Marie Curie Creating a Culture of Person-centredness. This project adopts PAR methodologies, underpinned by transformational practice development, cooperative enquiry, person-centred practice and active learning. (joint PI) - £30,000

2016 Marie Curie: Developing Practice Development Facilitators across Marie Curie (PI) - £25,000

2016: Queens Nursing Institute, Scotland: Leading critical companionship to evaluate CHOICE (PI) - £2000  

I facilitate learning across undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes.  I am a member of the Person-centred Practice Framework team and the community cluster in the Division of Nursing and Paramedic Science.

My subject expertise is in person-centredness and person-centred practice; community nursing; leadership and practice development.