Sue Pembrey Chair of Nursing, Director of the Centre for Person-centred Practice Research, Head of QMU Graduate School and Omega Xi Chapter President


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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 of the Centre for Person-centred Practice Research in the Nursing Division, Head of Graduate School and Omega Xi Chapter President.

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Jan is The Sue Pembrey Chair in Nursing and Director of The Centre for Person-centred Practice Research at QMU Edinburgh. She is currently the Head of Graduate Research School also at QMU. Jan is a visiting Professor at Marabor University, Slovenia and a member of several international networks including The International Community of Practice for Person-centred Practice Research and Sigma Global; and is the current President for the new Omega Xi chapter. Jan has an international reputation for expertise in person-centred practice research; person-centred cultures and care and gerontological practice research including care of people living with dementia. Her research extends to Ireland, Norway Switzerland, Canada and Australia. As well as a significant clinical practice, management and leadership record, Jan has held various posts within academia. Jan has received several awards in the UK and Australia for her nursing leadership and influence. She is widely published; her research and scholarship work can be located on eResearch and Research Gate. Jan is the incoming editor for Nursing Philosophy (from January 2020) and was the founding academic editor for The International Practice Development Journal from 2011 until June 2019

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Professor II  
  • Visiting Professor
  • University of Maribor Slovenia

Professional Social Media:

  • Twitter: @jandewing
  • Researchgate:

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