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Susan Dawkes
Title: Prof
First Name: Susan
Surname: Dawkes
Position: Head of School / Professor of Nursing and Cardiovascular Health
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Professor Susan Dawkes is a registered nurse who has spent over thirty years working with cardiology patients in Scotland and Canada. Her clinical roles included nursing in acute cardiology units and working as a specialist nurse in cardiac rehabilitation. Susan started her career in higher education at the University of Edinburgh then worked at Edinburgh Napier University for sixteen years in various roles, including Senior Lecturer for Simulation and Clinical Skills, Regional Lead for Singapore and finally, Head of Learning and Teaching. Susan started at Robert Gordon University in November 2020.

Susan has extensive experience in healthcare education, including online and transnational education. She has led numerous teams to develop contemporary and innovative curricula that have been well evaluated by students and other key stakeholders.

Her research focuses on improving the quality of care for people with cardiovascular disease as well as finding effective solutions for primary and secondary prevention of this disease. Susan has secured circa £500,000 in research funding. To date, Susan has supervised two post-graduate research students to successful completion, examined six PhD students, both in the UK and international, and currently supervises three PhD students. Susan has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications including journal manuscripts, book chapters and reports. In recognition of her contribution to research, learning and teaching and professional practice, Susan gained full Professor status in 2018.

Duties and Responsibilities

Head of School for Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice

Academic Background

  • PhD (2015) - Self-management of coronary heart disease in angina patients after elective percutaneous coronary intervention: A mixed methods study
  • MSc Critical Care and Applied Education (2005)
  • BSc Nursing Studies (1998)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2010)

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular health
  • Improving the quality of care for people with cardiovascular disease
  • Effective solutions for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease

Current Research

Scottish Men’s pARTicipation after Exercise Referral (SMARTER study): An examination of the reasons why men living with a least one long-term condition do not participate in an exercise referral scheme designed to support their physical recovery and psycho-social wellbeing. In collaboration with Prof Lis Neubeck, Dr Norrie Brown, Dr Richard Kyle, Edinburgh Napier University; Prof Robyn Gallagher, University of Sydney; Prof Robyn Clark, Flinders University; Fiona Prendergast, Fife Sports and Leisure Trust; Anne McEwan, NHS Fife. Funding from Burdett Trust.

Development and validation of a measure of persistent psychological and emotional distress in cardiac patients: The Cardiac Distress Inventory. In collaboration with Professor Alun Jackson, Dr Barbara Murphy, Dr Michelle Rogerson, Australian Centre for Heart Health; Dr Marlies Alvarenga, Monash Health; Associate Professor John Amerena, Professor David Thompson, Queens University Belfast; Professor Chantal Ski, University of Suffolk; Associate Professor Rosemary Higgins, Mr Michael Le Grande, University of Melbourne.

Evaluating the delivery of remote healthcare to CVD patients during COVID-19. In collaboration with Dr Coral Hanson, Professor Lis Neubeck, Sheona McHale, Dr Anne Rowat, Edinburgh Napier University.

Funding

Current projects:

  • Scottish Men’s pARTicipation after Exercise Referral (SMARTER study): An examination of the reasons why men living with a least one long-term condition do not participate in an exercise referral scheme (Active Options 2) designed to support their physical recovery and psycho-social wellbeing. Burdett Trust £190,986.
  • Evaluating the delivery of remote healthcare to CVD patients during COVID-19.
  • Development and validation of a measure of persistent psychological and emotional distress in cardiac patients: The Cardiac Distress Inventory.

Completed projects:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation provision in Scotland: A scoping review. British Heart Foundation.
  • British Heart Foundation – Evaluation of Cardiac Rehabilitation Assessment Workbook. 
  • Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland (commissioned project) – HEARTe: (Heart Education Awareness Resource and Training through E-learning) Out of hospital cardiac arrest module. 
  • Global cardiac rehabilitation survey. ICCPR.
  • European Commission €133,987 –“Improving the operational skills of the health personnel working in the emergency departments. A useful tool to give concrete answers to EU policies on patients' safety and to create new working opportunities” (VS/2013/0430) finanziato dalla Commissione Europea nell'ambito del programma PROGRESS. A useful tool to give concrete answers to EU policies on patients' safety and to create new working opportunities”
    (VS / 2013/0430) funded by the European Commission.
  • Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland £8606 – “Systematic review of the literature to assess, grade and synthesise evidence of the effectiveness and patient experience of formalised social support for people with a diagnosis of heart failure”.
  • NHS Education for Scotland / NHS Lothian £65,442 – “A partnership approach exploring how to reduce medication errors”.
  • Clinical Skills Managed Education Network £5072 – “Development, implementation and evaluation of online video in clinical skills education for undergraduate student nurses”.
  • Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) Teaching Fellowship £3022 – “Peer tutoring”.
  • ENU Teaching Fellowship £814 – “Simulated patient involvement in LTA”.
  • ENU Teaching Fellowship £1023 – “Interpersonal skills: Exploring the teaching and learning experiences of first year student nurses”.
  • ENU Teaching Fellowship £1080 – Presentation of pedagogical research at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Simulation Summit, Ottawa.

Professional Memberships

  • Registered Nurse (since 1992)
  • Specialist Nurse Practitioner (since 1999)
  • Resuscitation UK Advanced Life Support Instructor (2004-2019)
  • Practising Certificate, Singapore Nursing Board (2012-2020)

External / Professional Roles

  • President and Trustee of the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (2019-2021). Susan's aim in this role is to enhance patient care through supporting healthcare professionals to deliver quality, evidence-based cardiac rehabilitation. Additionally, Susan is leading colleagues in BACPR to update the clinical guideline for cardiac rehabilitation in the UK (BACPR Standards and Core Components).
  • BACPR representative on the International Council for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation and works with the members of that Council to promote and lobby where necessary for cardiac rehabilitation to be offered in mainstream healthcare. The reach of this work extends to low to middle income countries around the world.
  • Elected member British Cardiovascular Society Council (2019-2021).
  • Trustee of the British Cardiovascular Society / British Heart Foundation / BACPR Clinical Research Collaborative (2019 to present).
  • Nominated member of Scottish Government National Strategic Group for Cardiac Rehabilitation (2017 to present).
  • Invited member of Medical Advisory Board, Astra Zeneca (2018).
  • Ministry of Education Singapore – peer reviewer for Tertiary Research Fund research proposals (ongoing).
  • Honorary Research Consultant for the Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation teams at NHS Lothian to support clinical healthcare professionals in their research and service evaluation / improvement.
  • Member of the Education Committee of the Association of Cardiovascular Nurses and Allied Professions, European Society of Cardiology.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Cardiac Nursing.
  • Peer reviewer for the following healthcare journals: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, BMJ Open, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, Nurse Education Today.
  • RGU representative on Council of Deans Health Scotland and UK.
  • Member of the Council of Deans Health Global Advisory Group.

Publications

Highly cited

  • DAWKES, S., HUGHES, S., RAY, S., NICHOLS, S., HINTON, S., ROBERTS, C., BUTLER, T., DELAL, H. and DOCHERTY, P., 2020. Joint BACPR / BCS / BHF statement on cardiac rehabilitation services. British Journal of Cardiology. doi:10.5837/bjc.2020.019.
  • BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR CARDIOVASCULAR PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION (BACPR) EXECUTIVE GROUP, 2019. BACPR: A three-year strategy. London: BACPR. (S. DAWKES, President and Chair of Executive Group).
  • TURK-ADAWI, K., ...DAWKES, S. and GRACE, S.L., 2019. Cardiac rehabilitation availability and density around the globe. EClinicalMedicine, Jul 3(13), pp. 31-45. doi:10.1016/j.eclinm.2019.06.007.
  • SUPERVIA, M., ...DAWKES, S. and GRACE, S.L., 2019. Nature of cardiac rehabilitation around the globe. EClinicalMedicine, Jul 4(13), pp. 46-56. doi:10.1016/j.eclinm.2019.06.006. 
  • ABREU, A., ...DAWKES, S. and GRACE, S.L (on behalf of the Global CR Program Survey Investigators), 2019. Cardiac rehabilitation availability and delivery in Europe: How does it differ by region and compare with other high-income countries? European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 26(11), pp. 1131-1146. doi:10.1177/2047487319827453.
  • NEUBECK L., CARTLEDGE, S., DAWKES, S. and GALLAGHER, R., 2017. Is there an app for that? Mobile phones and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Current Opinion in Cardiology, 32(5), pp. 567-571. doi:10.1097/HCO.0000000000000428.

Recent

  • HANSON, C., NEUBECK, L., KYLE, R., BROWN, N., GALLAGHER, R., CLARK, R., MCHALE, S. and DAWKES, S. (In press). Gender differences in outcomes and experiences: a longitudinal, mixed methods study of a physical activity referral scheme in Scotland, UK. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
  • DAWKES, S., 2020. Editorial. Supporting cardiac patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 15(5). doi: 10.12968/bjca.2020.0048.
  • GILLINGHAM, I., NEUBECK, L., WILLIAMS, B. and DAWKES, S., 2020. Role expansion for nurses in the cardiac catheter laboratory: findings from a systematic scoping review. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 15(4). doi:10.12968/bjca.2019.0128.
  • HANSON, C. and DAWKES, S., 2020. A mixed methods, embedded approach to exploring participation in an exercise referral scheme. SAGE Research Methods Cases: Medicine and Health. doi:10.4135/9781529741001.
  • MCHALE, S., ASTIN, F., NEUBECK, L., DAWKES, S. and HANSON, C., 2019. A systematic review and thematic synthesis exploring how a previous experience of physical activity influences engagement with cardiac rehabilitation. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 19(1), pp. 31-43. doi: 10.1177/1474515119882549.
  • DAWKES, S. and O’REILLY, M., 2019. Chest x-ray interpretation. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 14(5). doi:10.12968/bjca.2019.0004.
  • DAWKES, S., 2018. Editorial. The rise of PCI and its implication for patient-centred care delivery. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 13(4), pp. 162-163. doi:10.12968/bjca.2018.13.4.162.
  • CHENG, L., WU, V., DAWKES, S., LIM, S. and WANG, W., 2018. Factors influencing diet barriers among outpatients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes: A descriptive correlational study. Nursing and Health Sciences, 21(1), pp. 102-111. doi:10.1111/nhs.12569.
  • DAWKES, S. and CHEUNG, S., 2017. United Kingdom health promotion initiatives for healthy aging. In: B. Fong, A. Ng and P. Yuen, eds. Sustainable health and long-term care solutions for an aging population. Hong Kong: IGI Global. 
  • CHEUNG, S. and DAWKES, S., 2017. Eating habits of young persons for healthy aging - an exploratory study involving university students in Hong Kong. In: B. Fong, A. Ng and P. Yuen, eds. Sustainable health and long-term care solutions for an aging population. Hong Kong: IGI Global.

Media Coverage

Invited presentations (selected):

  • University of Calgary 2018: Teaching nurses health assessment using simulated practice.
  • National University of Singapore 2017: What stops patients from taking their medicines?
  • University of Sydney 2016: Self-management of coronary heart disease after percutaneous coronary intervention.
  • Hong Kong College of Health Service Executives 2016: The contemporary NHS in Scotland. 
  • CEFPAS, Sicily 2015: Improving the operational skills of the health personnel working in the emergency departments. A useful tool to give concrete answers to EU policies on patients’ safety and to create new working opportunities (VS/2013/0430) Funded by the European Commission under the PROGRESS programme.

Presentations given at scientific symposia (selected):

  • Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, Toronto, Canada 2018: What support needs do patients have after elective coronary intervention?
  • NETNEP, Banff, Canada 2018: Preparation of registered nurses for health promotion.
  • Singapore Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation Symposium 2017:  Medication adherence after percutaneous coronary intervention (Prize winner for this presentation).
  • British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation conference, London 2017: Older people’s self-management of coronary heart disease after coronary intervention.
  • Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses / Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, Montreal 2016: Poor angina management after percutaneous coronary intervention.
  • Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association annual conference, Adelaide 2016: Keep taking the tablets; PCI patients don’t! (Prize winner for this presentation).

Teaching Interests

  • Care of patients with long-term conditions, including cardiovascular disease, cardiac rehabilitation, psychological impact of long-term conditions
  • Recognition of acute illness, evidence-based management of patients with long-term conditions
  • Use of simulation in healthcare education
  • Interprofessional learning

Knowledge Exchange

Delivery of continuing professional development to external audiences (selected):

  • Cardiovascular secondary prevention and cardiac rehabilitation – current evidence and guidelines (European Society of Cardiology Webinar 2019).
  • Dietary Approaches to CVD Prevention addressing current controversies (European Society of Cardiology Webinar 2019).
  • Risk factors for cardiovascular disease –online education programme (British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation 2018).
  • Writing for publication and presentation (St. Luke’s Hospital, Singapore 2016).
  • Cardiovascular nursing research (Tung Wah College, Hong Kong 2016).
  • Writing for publication and presentation (National Skin Centre, Singapore 2016).
  • Advanced Life Support Resuscitation Council (UK) Courses (various UK locations 2004-2019).