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Dr Tommy Dickinson (he/him/his)
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Dr Tommy Dickinson (he/him/his)

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Reader in Nursing Education

Head of the Department of Mental Health Nursing.

Research subject areas

  • Education
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing

Contact details


Dr Dickinson is a Reader in Nursing Education and Head of the Department of Mental Health Nursing. He graduated as a Registered Nurse in 2001 and following a clinical career working in nursing homes for older people and secure mental health settings in the UK and Australia, in various nursing and leadership roles, he moved into an academic role in 2006. He held lectureships at several universities prior to commencing at King’s in 2016. In 2018, he was awarded the prestigious endowed Talbott Visiting Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia in the USA.

Dr Dickinson’s unique research contributions overlap nursing practice, nursing history and nursing education. His primary focus is on diversity and inclusion in health care and education taking a contemporary and historical perspective with the aim of improving the delivery of nursing care and education. As a nursing education leader, his work focuses on advancing and promoting inclusive education, and he has acted as an External Advisor on this nationally and internationally. He also has an international research profile in gerontological care with a particular focus on inclusive care for LGBTQ+ older people in care homes.

In 2021, Dr Dickinson became the first and only UK-based nurse to be selected for Fellowship in the USA’s National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. Dr Dickinson is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science. He is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Nursing Education and was appointed to the Inaugural Editorial Staff of the Journal of American Nurses Association - New York as an International Editorial Advisory Board member.

In 2013, Dr Dickinson established the theatre company called Mad 'Ed Theatre. Mad ‘Ed Theatre aims to educate the public and challenge perceptions regarding mental health. The company writes, directs and produces its own original works and has secured external funding for four of its most recent critically recognised plays.

Dr Dickinson earned a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nursing from Bournemouth University, a Master of Science in Nursing with Education from the University of Bradford, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Manchester.

PhD supervision

Tommy offers PhD supervision in the following areas of mental health:

  • Inpatient mental healthcare
  • Diversity issues in healthcare
  • Developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning


Research profile


Dr Dickinson teaches on the pre-registration MSc and BSc nursing programmes.