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  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

1992 …2019

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Professor Andrea Nelson, BSc(Hons), PhD RGN, Dean of School

Andrea is an Adult Nurse with a PhD in Bioengineering, and a lifelong interest in wounds. She has worked in clinical, research and academic positions in London; Falkirk, Glasgow, Edinburgh (the M8 years), Liverpool, York, and Leeds (the M62 years) before joining the University as Dean of Health and Life Sciences in October 2018.

Andrea has a programme of research in the prevention and management of chronic wounds, especially leg and foot ulcers. In collaboration with colleagues in practice she conducts research in the assessment of risk, prevention, diagnosis, management, and experience of chronic wounds and their complications.  Her research has been used to develop National clinical practice guidelines and Clinical Evidence summaries so that care providers and commissioners are able to make clinical and purchasing decisions based on reliable evidence. 

Andrea is keen to supervise PhD students with an interest in pressure ulceration, leg ulceration and diabetic foot ulceration, especially in areas where the question extends beyond 'the experience of a chronic wound'. She enjoys teaching all aspects of evidence-based practice and critical appraisal, particularly supporting clinicians to make evaluations of diagnosis, prevention, treatment choices and prognosis. 

She has been a member of the NIHR HTA Commissioning Board, a Trustee of the Tissue Viability Society, and is proud to be is a Cochrane Editor and Author. Other notable contributions include a stint as Chair of the RCN Research Society Scientific Committee, Deputy Chair of the HTA External Devices and Physical Therapies Panel, and Associate editor of Evidence Based Nursing. 

Andrea gave up running after completing the Loch Ness marathon (only 2 hours slower than the winner), and now sings and sails (not simultaneously) in her spare time.

Education/Academic qualification

Kings' College London

1 Oct 198730 Sep 1987

Award Date: 30 Sep 1987

University of Strathclyde


  • Family Practice Nursing
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Adult Nursing
  • Skin and Wounds

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Comparing alternating pressure mattresses and high-specification foam mattresses to prevent pressure ulcers in high-risk patients: the PRESSURE 2 RCT

Nixon, J., Brown, S., Smith, I. L., McGinnis, E., Vargas-Palacios, A., Nelson, E. A., Brown, J., Coleman, S., Collier, H., Fernandez, C., Gilberts, R., Henderson, V., McCabe, C., Muir, D., Rutherford, C., Stubbs, N., Thorpe, B., Wallner, K., Walker, K., Wilson, L. & 1 others, Hulme, C., Sep 2019, In : Health Technology Assessment. 23, 52, 175 p.

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    Multifaceted self-management interventions for older women with urinary incontinence: a systematic review and narrative synthesis

    Fu, Y., Nelson, E. A. & McGowan, L., 26 Aug 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 8, 15 p., e028626.

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    Pressure relieving support surfaces for pressure ulcer prevention (PRESSURE 2): clinical and health economic results of a randomised controlled trial

    Nixon, J., Smith, I. L., Brown, S., McGinnis, E., Vargas-Palacios, A., Nelson, E. A., Coleman, S., Collier, H., Fernandez, C., Gilberts, R., Henderson, V., Muir, D., Stubbs, N., Walker, K., Wilson, L. & Hulme, C., 3 Sep 2019, In : EClinicalMedicine. 14, p. 42-52 11 p.

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    Clinical evaluation of a new pressure ulcer risk assessment instrument, the Pressure Ulcer Risk Primary or Secondary Evaluation Tool (PURPOSE T)

    Coleman, S., Smith, I. L., McGinnis, E., Keen, J., Muir, D., Wilson, L., Stubbs, N., Dealey, C., Brown, S., Nelson, E. A. & Nixon, J., Feb 2018, In : Journal of Advanced Nursing. 74, 2, p. 407-424 18 p.

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    CODIFI (Concordance in Diabetic Foot Ulcer Infection): a cross-sectional study of wound swab versus tissue sampling in infected diabetic foot ulcers in England

    Nelson, A., Wright-Hughes, A., Backhouse, M. R., Lipsky, B. A., Nixon, J., Bhogal, M. S., Reynolds, C. & Brown, S., 31 Jan 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 1, 11 p., e019437.

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