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Debbie Tolson

United Kingdom

Professor Debbie Tolson, PhD MSc BSc (Hons) RGN FRCN is Assistant Dean Research and Enterprise & Director of The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland, UK.

Professor Tolson joined the University of the West of Scotland in 2013 as the inaugural Director of the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice. Prior to this she was a Professor of Gerontological Nursing at Glasgow Caledonian University.

She is a nurse leader with an international reputation for advancing evidence informed interdisciplinary care with older people and people with dementia. She was the UK representative on the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG)-World Health Organisation Global Task-force for Nursing Homes (2010-2014). In 2010 she was awarded the Jim Flood Memorial Alzheimer Disease Distinguished Lectureship St Louis University (USA) Medical School.  She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing UK, and an Honorary Fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute: Scotland.   In 2007, she was the recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International, award for the Best of Worldviews on Evidence Based Nursing.

As an educationist she is an enthusiastic promoter of inclusive approaches to practitioner education and experiential learning. Professor Tolson is currently leading the Erasmus + Strategic Partnership Project,Dementia Palliare (2014-2016). Palliare is developing an online experiential learning framework and inter-professional modules, including a virtual community of practice, to equip the qualified European dementia workforce to champion the best possible care for people with advanced dementia.

The quality of her research is evident in her status as a returned researcher in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014, and two previous UK Research Assessment Exercises.

As an Executive Board member of the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium she takes a keen interest in the promotion of applied dementia research.  Current research includes development of sensory interventions and models of advanced dementia care, experiences of early onset dementia within the workplace, delirium prevention and management, and psychosocial interventions including football focussed reminiscence.  She is also Principal Investigator on the Global Nurse Leadership Project, in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses; exploring nurse leader’s contribution to public policy.

She has published over 100 peer reviewed research papers, authored and edited books and book chapters.



Last Updated: Tuesday 09 June 2015