Prof. Debbie Tolson, PhD RGN FRCN (UK)

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Professor of Gerontological Nursing in the School of Health and Life Sciences, Director of the Scottish Centre of Evidence-Based Care of Older People, and Later Life Research Group Leader within the Institute for Applied Health Research at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Professor Tolson gained a first class BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies from South Bank Polytechnic/ Registered General Nurse Guys Hospital (1983), MSc Nursing from University of London (1988), and PhD from Glasgow Caledonian University (1995). She is a nurse leader with an international reputation for advancing evidence informed care with older people and the use of communities of practice to improve interdisciplinary practice within nursing homes, hospitals and community settings.

In 2010 her contribution to research with older people was recognised by St Louis University (USA) Medical School through the award of the Jim Flood Memorial Alzheimer Disease Distinguished Lectureship. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing UK, and an Honorary Fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute: Scotland.

She was the recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International, 2007 award for the Best of Worldviews on Evidence Based Nursing. She has served on ministerial groups and currently is a member of the Scottish Improving Healthcare of Older People in Hospital Stakeholder Reference Group.

She has published widely including peer reviewed research papers and papers in professional journals, other outputs include national care guidance for nurses and patients, edited books and book chapters some of which are co-authored with older people. Knowledge exchange activities include features in popular press and newspapers, live radio broadcasts and radio programmes such as BBC Scotland Medical Matters-Football on the Brain (a programme about football reminiscence for people with dementia).