Sue Pembrey Chair of Nursing & Director, Centre for Person-centred Practice Research and Head of QMU Graduate School

Division: Nursing

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Professor Jan Dewing (PhD MA MN BSc Dip Nurs Ed Dip Nurs RN RNT) is the Sue Pembrey Chair of Nursing & Director, Centre for Person-centred Practice Research in the Nursing Division. She is also the Director of the Centre for Person-centred Practice Research and

Head of QMU Graduate School.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Activities & Awards

Professor Jan Dewing has an international reputation for expertise in person-centred care, practice development and gerontological practice including care of people living with dementia. She is The Sue Pembrey Chair in Nursing (from April 2015) and Director for The Centre for Person-centred Practice Research at QMU Edinburgh. Jan contributes to post graduate education and research and is supervising a number of doctoral students including international students. She also holds a professorship at the Centre for Care Research Bergen University College and Stord-Haugesund University College Norway and at The School of Nursing, Wollongong University, NSW Australia. Jan previously worked in different shared and joint roles between the NHS in England and different universities. As well as a significant clinical practice, management and leadership record, Professor Dewing has held a variety of practice and education and research posts in universities in the UK and with The Royal College of Nursing. She is widely published and her research and scholarship work can be located through Research GateJan is the academic editor for The International Practice Development Journal, a free to publish and access e journal and on the editorial board of several international journals including The International Journal of Older People Nursing. 

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Professor II  
  • Bergen & Stord Haugesund University Colleges Norway
  • Visiting Professor
  • University of Wollongong NSW Australia

Professional Social Media:

  • Twitter: @jandewing
  • Researchgate:
  • Facebook:

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

As director of the research centre, I am primarily concerned with strategic leadership and with coaching multi-professional members, as well as working with our International Honorary Appointees to build our research capacity. My research and development interests are eclectic, however they are all embedded in the ideas underpinning person-centred practice and the notion of person-centred in general. This influences the research paradigms including methodologies, methods and processes I engage with and seek to coach others to engage with. I have a track record in different types of phenomenological and participatory/action oriented approaches to research and development especially in gerontological nursing, practice development and knowledge translation/implementation. I also have an interest in 'Active Learning' within workplaces (as part of person-centred practice and practice development) and in person-centred care for persons living with dementia. In this latter topic, I have several foci of interest including building research capcity in acute care and in alternatives to the behavioural and psychosocial symptoms model in dementia care.

Active Research Interests:

  • Person-centred practice R and D
  • Practice development
  • Gerontological nursing
  • Care of persons living with dementia

Research Methods:

  • Participatory and action oriented approaches in partnership with service providers and users
  • Phenomenology
  • Critical ethnography
  • Critically creative methods


Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

  • Undergraduate Nursing/BSc evidence use and leadership modules (years 3 and 4)
  • Dissertation Module (year 4)
  • Masters Pathway Theory and Practice of person-centred practice
  • PhD and Prof Doc Programme

2011 Australia Royal College of Nursing - International Leadership award

2015 Nursing Times - Inspirational Nurse Leadership award

2015 Sue Pembrey Chair