Amy Dopson

Amy Dopson

Associate Professor & Head of Department: Continuing Professional Development and Post Graduate Education
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Personal Assistant: Isabel Budleigh
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University roles and responsibilities

  • Head of Department: CPD & PG taught Education (School of Health Sciences)
  • Chair OSCAR Regulatory Panels (University Wide)
  • Chair Staff Development Committee (School of Health Sciences)
  • Module Leader (Various Modules)


    Research interests




    Conference presentations

    “Exploring Ethical Issues Through Performance Simulation – A Collaboration between Performance and Practice”

    Panel on Nursing Education, 1-4 May 2017, Athens, Greece as part of the 3rd Annual International Conference on Nursing.  Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) 

    “Facilitating Students’ Confidence in Dealing With Challenging Situations in Practice”

    3rd Nursing World Conference (NWC), Rome 2018

    Published work

    Jones F, Whitehouse A, Dopson A, Palaghias N, Aldiss S, Gibson F, Shawe J (2019) Reducing unintentional injuries in under-fives:  Development and testing of a mobile phone app, Child Care Health Development, 1-10.  DOI: 10.1111/cch.12729

    Dopson A, Colliety P., Andrews S., Hughes T & Markless S., (2017) “Terrifying but Amazing”: The Use of Supported Performance Simulation to Enhance Student Nurseʼs Ability to Learn and Articulate Ethically Sound Practice,  Athens Journal of Health, 5(1): 37

    Action Research Project, evaluating cross-faculty learning and teaching project to enhance ethical understanding and practice for student nurses

    Dopson, A., Colliety, P., Andrews, S., Hughes, T. and Markless, S. (2017). “"Terrifying but Amazing": The Use of Supported Performance Simulation to Enhance Student Nurseʼs Ability to Learn and Articulate Ethically Sound Practice”, Athens: ATINER'S Conference Paper Series, No: NUR2017-2260.

    [Paper above, initially published as conference paper]

    Dawson P, Cook L, Holliday L & Reddy H Eds. (2012)  Clinical Skills in Children’s and Young People’s Nursing. Oxford University Press, Oxford

    Contributed following six sections:

    • Cardio vascular system: History taking and assessment
    • Cardio vascular system: Cardiac monitoring
    • Cardio vascular system: 12 lead ECG
    • Cardio vascular system: Positioning of electrodes
    • ENT System: Removal of foreign body from nose  
    • ENT System: Removal of foreign body from ear

    Currently revising for 2nd Edition due out 2020

    Glasper EA, McEwing G, Richardson J Eds.  (2011)  Emergencies in Children and Young People’s Nursing  Oxford University Press, Oxford.

    Contributed following four sections:

    • Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy
    •  Witnessed Resuscitation
    • Unexpected Death 

    Dopson A (2008) Competence and Confidence in Paediatric Drug Calculations  Nurse Prescribing 6(5)

    • Clinical article aimed at supporting qualified nurses with drug calculation competency.

    Dopson A (2001) Penetrating Trauma: a case of the unexpected  Emergency Nurse 9(1) 36-40

    • Clinical article discussing the implications and consequence, through a case study, of the downsizing of Accident and Emergency departments.

    Removal of foreign body from nose vii.ENT System: Removal of foreign body from ear

    Felicity Jones, Ali Whitehouse, Amy Dopson, Niklas Palaghias, Susie Aldiss, Faith Gibson, Jill Shawe (2019)Reducing Unintentional Injuries in under Fives: Development and Testing of a Mobile Phone App, In: Child: Care, Health and Development Wiley

    Background: Unintentional injuries are a leading cause of preventable death and a major cause of ill health and disability in children under five years of age. A health promotion mobile phone application, ‘Grow up Safely’, was developed to support parents and carers in reducing unintentional injuries in this population of children. Methods: A prototype of the mobile application was developed to deliver health education on unintentional injury prevention linked to stages of child development. In order to explore the usability of the app and refine its content, three focus groups were conducted with 15 mothers. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Results: The majority of participants reported previous use of health apps, mainly related to pregnancy, and recommended by health professionals. The app was considered user‐friendly and easy to navigate. Participants in two focus groups found the app informative, offered new information and they would consider using it. Participants in the ‘young mum's’ group considered the advice to be ‘common sense’, but found the language too complex. All participants commented that further development of push‐out notifications and endorsement by a reputable source would increase their engagement with the app. Conclusion: The ‘Grow Up Safely’ mobile phone app, aimed at reducing unintentional injuries in children under five, was supported by mothers as a health promotion app. They would consider downloading it, particularly if recommended by a health professional or endorsed by a reputable organisation. Further development is planned with push‐out notifications and wider feasibility testing to engage targeted groups, such as young mothers, fathers and other carers.