Amy Dopson

Amy Dopson

Head of Continuing Professional Development (CPD); Director of Studies Integrated Care (Nursing); Principal Teaching Fellow
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As the Lead for the Child Field Nursing BSc Programme, Amy is a duel qualified nurse with a clinical background of almost 25 years healthcare experience, specialising in Emergency Care. Maintaining her clinical role as an Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner within a local children's Accident and Emergency Care department is something she remains passionate about.

Driven by a strong commitment to professionalism and excellence in healthcare practice, Amy is keen to ensure the school leads nationally, providing innovative healthcare programmes that inspire and motivate our students to question and develop practice.

Having initially trained as a Registered General Nurse at The Nightingale Institute, Guys Hospital, Amy then completed her Children's Nursing programme here at Surrey, her MSc in Advanced Practice at City University, and has recently started her PhD.

Research interests

Parents experiences of witnessing invasive treatment (MSc)Teaching ethics in nursing: combining forum theatre and simulationDecision-making processes of parents accessing urgent healthcare services (PhD)Prevention of injury in children


Main areas of interest:

  • Assessment of the Unwell/Deteriorating Child
  • Paediatric Emergency Care
  • Paediatric Resuscitation
  • Pre-hospital care of the infant/child
  • Advanced Paediatric Assessment
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Ethics in healthcare
  • Development of clinical practice in healthcare - in particular the use of simulation
  • Development of professionalism

Departmental duties

Child Branch Leader (from Sept 2010)

Module Leader (Professional Preparation):

  • Child and Family Care Pathways
  • Year 3 Practice Module

My publications



“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


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