Dr. Hazel Dickinson


School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB341


Subject Areas: Nursing and Midwifery

Hazel commenced her nurse training at Sefton school of health, Fazakerley hospital, Liverpool in 1987. On qualifying she worked in elderly care and then specialised in Stroke Nursing, working on an acute stroke unit. She progressed to stroke specialist nurse in 1998. Throughout her nursing career she has had an active involvement in Stroke nursing research and education. Hazel’s research activities span across the whole stroke pathway with a particular interest in oral care.

Hazel is currently a member of a national nurses forum - National Stroke Nurses Forum (NSNF)

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Hazel is enthusiastic about supporting excellent nursing care and so has moved to pre-registration education to support students in developing their core competencies and skills. Her interests in research has enhanced her own clinical care and approach to education of others.

Hazel has completed a programme a programme of studies for a postgraduate research degree (PhD). This programme of work used mixed methods to develop and oral assessment for use in stroke patients.

Other research project involved in are: LINCs oral flora project aiming to identify what oral flora are present in stroke patients. Since 2001 Hazel has worked on multiple research project, including Motivational interviewing after stroke, Emergency Stroke Calls Obtaining Rapid Telephone Triage (ESCORTT) and InContence OptioNs after Stroke. (ICONS).

Currently Hazel has an active role on the National Stroke Nurses Forum Steering committee.


  • PhD Improving the evidence base for oral assessment in stroke patients
  • Teaching Tool kit, University of central Lancashire, 2014
  • MSc Nursing, University of Liverpool 2001
  • Bsc (Hons), University of Lancashire, 1997
  • ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing, Edge Hill College, University of Lancaster, 1996
  • ENB941 Care of the Elderly, Edge Hill College, University of Lancaster, 1994
  • Registered General Nurse, Edge Hill College, University of Lancaster, 1990


Thomas LH, French B, Burton CR, Sutton C, Forshaw D, Dickinson H, Leathley M, Britt D, Roe B, Cheater FM, Booth J, Watkins CL. Evaluating a systematic voiding programme for patients with urinary incontinence after stroke in secondary care using soft systems analysis and Normalisation Process Theory: findings from the ICONS case study phase. International Journal of Nursing. 2014 Feb 20. pii: S0020-7489(14)00036-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2014.02.009. [Epub ahead of print]

Dickinson HA. Maintaining oral health after stroke. Nursing Standard. 2012;26(49):35-39

Jones SP, Dickinson HA, Ford GA, Gibson JM, Leathley MJ, McAdam JJ, McLoughlin A, Quinn T, Watkins C, on behalf of the Emergency Stroke Calls: Obtaining Rapid Telephone Triage Group. Callers' experiences of making emergency calls at the onset of acute stroke: a qualitative study. Emergency Medicine Journal. 2012;29(6):502-505.

Dickinson H, Watkins CL, Leathley MJ. The Development of the THROAT: the Holistic and reliable oral assessment tool. Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing. 2001;5:104-110.

Research Activities

Oral care

External Affiliations and Roles

Member of the National Stroke Nurses Forum (NSNF)

Steering committee member for NSNF


Lecturer in Adult pre-registration nursing