DFSRH, DRCOG, MRCGP, BSc (Hons), BMBCh, PhD
Academic Unit of Medical Education
Senior Clinical Lecturer
+44 114 222 2219
Full contact details
Academic Unit of Medical Education
Sam Fox House
Northern General Hospital
- Research interests
Dr Dickson's research is into health-service quality improvement interventions. His expertise is in quantitative methods but he works in multi-disciplinary research teams to answer complex questions and to develop complex interventions using mixed methods.
He has a special interest in epilepsy and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures. A major theme in his research is improving emergency care for people after a seizure.
Other important themes in his work are optimisation of care pathways for abnormal uterine bleeding and the use of free-association narrative interviews to give new insights into psychogenic non-epileptic seizures.
- The impact and challenges of the 2018 MHRA statement on the use of sodium valproate in women of childbearing age during the first year of implementation, in a UK epilepsy centre. Seizure, 79, 8-13. View this article in WRRO
- A data-linkage study of suspected seizures in the urgent and emergency care system in the UK. Emergency Medicine Journal. View this article in WRRO
- Cognitive behavioural therapy for adults with dissociative seizures (CODES): a pragmatic, multicentre, randomised controlled trial. The Lancet Psychiatry, 7(6), 491-505. View this article in WRRO
- Tendency to contact general practice instead of self-care : a population vignette study. British Journal of General Practice Open (BJGP Open). View this article in WRRO
- Clinically unnecessary and avoidable emergency health service use for epilepsy: A survey of what English services are doing to reduce it.. Seziure, 76, 156-160. View this article in WRRO
- Developing patient-centred, feasible alternative care for adult emergency department users with epilepsy : protocol for the mixed-methods observational ‘collaborate’ project. BMJ Open, 9(11). View this article in WRRO
- Characteristics of 698 patients with dissociative seizures: A UK multicenter study. Epilepsia, 60(11), 2182-2193. View this article in WRRO
- Expert medical generalism - ecological insights. British Journal of General Practice, 69(684), 174-175. View this article in WRRO
- Emergency hospital care for adults with suspected seizures in the NHS in England 2007–2013: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 8(10). View this article in WRRO
- Endometrial Sampling in Low-Risk Patients with Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: a Systematic Review and Meta-synthesis. BMC Family Practice, 19. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO The importance of GPs for people with epilepsy. Epilepsy Professional, 49, 20-25.
- Pre-hospital ambulance care of patients following a suspected seizure: A cross sectional study. Seizure - European Journal of Epilepsy. View this article in WRRO
- Emergency Department Diagnostic Codes – Useful Data?. Emergency Medicine Journal, 34(9), 627-627. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO An Alternative Care Pathway for Suspected Seizures in Pre-Hospital Care: A Service Evaluation. British Paramedic Journal, 2(2), 22-28.
- Primary care endometrial sampling for abnormal uterine bleeding: a pilot study.. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care, 43(4), 296-301. View this article in WRRO
- Cross-sectional study of the hospital management of adult patients with a suspected seizure (EPIC2). BMJ Open, 7. View this article in WRRO
- Non-epileptic attack disorder: the importance of diagnosis and treatment.. BMJ Case Reports, 2017. View this article in WRRO
- Cross-sectional study of the prehospital management of adult patients with a suspected seizure (EPIC1). BMJ Open, 6(2), e010573-e010573. View this article in WRRO
- Epilepsy service provision in the National Health Service in England in 2012. Seizure, 30, 26-31.
- A diagnosis for £55: what is the cost of government initiatives in dementia case finding. Age and Ageing, 44(2), 344-345.
- Pre-hospital care after a seizure: Evidence base and United Kingdom management guidelines. Seizure, 24, 82-87.
- Multiple vitamin deficiencies in a patient with a history of chronic alcohol excess and self-neglect in the UK. Case Reports, 2014(sep22 1), bcr2014204523-bcr2014204523.
- Adherence to medicines and self-management of epilepsy: A community-based study. Epilepsy and Behavior, 26, 109-113.
- Teaching clinical examination using peer-assisted learning amongst graduate-entry students.. Clin Teach, 8(1), 8-12.
- Spontaneous abscess of the lumbar spine presenting as subacute back pain.. BMJ Case Rep, 2010.
- A six-year follow-up MRI study of complicated early childhood convulsion.. Pediatr Neurol, 35(4), 257-260.
- Idiopathic generalised epilepsy: a pilot study of memory and neuronal dysfunction in the temporal lobes, assessed by magnetic resonance spectroscopy.. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry, 77(7), 834-840.
- The Author's Reply - Letter to the Editor. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 27(4), 342-342.
- Investigation of social and emotion information processing in temporal lobe epilepsy with ictal fear.. Epilepsy Behav, 7(3), 419-429.
- Cerebellar abnormalities on proton MR spectroscopy in gluten ataxia.. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry, 76(7), 1011-1013.
- The effects of dehydration on brain volume -- preliminary results.. Int J Sports Med, 26(6), 481-485.
- Somatic symptom progression in idiopathic Parkinson's disease. PARKINSONISM RELAT D, 10(8), 487-492.
- Smaller hippocampal volume in patients with recent-onset posttraumatic stress disorder.. Biol Psychiatry, 56(11), 832-836.
- Choice of cross size in stereology. Neuroradiology, 46(4), 333-333.
- Choice of cross size in stereology. Neuroradiology, 46(4), 332-332.
- Choice of cross size in stereology--a cautionary note.. Neuroradiology, 45(12), 896-899.
- View this article in WRRO Healthcare practitioner views and experiences of patients self-monitoring blood pressure: vignette study. BJGP Open.
- High use of the emergency department shows typical features of complex systems: analysis of multicentre linked data.
- Convulsions in Adults In Brown SN, Kumar D, James C & Mark J (Ed.), United Kingdom Ambulance Services Clinical Practice Guidelines Bridgwater: Class Professional Publishing.
Conference proceedings papers
- Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder: Metaphysics, Epistemology and Ontology. Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder: Metaphysics, Epistemology and Ontology, 18 October 2019.
- UK Unscheduled Admissions for Adults with Suspected Seizures. JNNP(Suppl 1) (pp A8-A8), 3 May 2017.
- Memory performance and magnetic resonance spectroscopy of the temporal lobes in idiopathic generalised epilepsy. JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY NEUROSURGERY AND PSYCHIATRY, Vol. 74(10) (pp 1449-1450)
- View this article in WRRO The ESPENTE study – a mapping review. Trent SAPC (Society for Academic Primary Care) Regional Meeting, 19 March 2019 - 19 March 2019.
- View this article in WRRO Epilepsy Specialist Nurses The Evidence (ESPENTE): a Systematic Mapping Review
- Modelling the Flow of Seizure Patients in the Urgent and Emergency Care System. ILAE British Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting.
- Can free association narrative interviews help to extend understandings of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures. 3rd International Conference on Functional (Psychogenic) Neurological Disorders, 6-8 September 2017,.
Theses / Dissertations
- Primary/secondary care interface and care pathways in neurology, Neurology Service Managers network meeting.. Manchester.
- Exploring Discordance Between Epilepsy Prevalence and Age-Specific Admission Rates for Seizures. Sheffield.
- Modelling the Flow of Seizure Patients in the Urgent and Emergency Care System. Society for Academic Primary Care, Trent Regional Meeting, Sheffield.
- Emergency Health Services for Epilepsy, Plenary Presentation, ILAE British Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting. Leeds.
- 1800 Uk unscheduled admissions for adults with suspected seizures.
- Teaching activities
Dr Dickson's departmental work in AUPMC includes (or has included) organising the BMedSci (intercalated medical degree) programme, organising the seminar programme, interviewing Academic Training Fellows and acting as internal examiner for BMedSci degrees.
He is a University PATS tutor (Personal Academic Tutoring Scheme) and is a member of the Post-Graduate Research Committee in the Faculty of Medicine. He teaches neuroanatomy to medical under-graduates having previously run the neuroanatomy dissection and teaching for BSc students.
- Professional activities
Dr Dickson is a member of the Primary Care Steering Group for Division 5 of the NIHR Clinical Research Network in Yorkshire and Humber. He is also the lead GP for the Sheffield Primary Care Research (SPCR), a cluster of ten practices within the NIHR Clinical Research Network, who deliver NIHR portfolio studies. He has advisory roles for the RCGP (Clinical Adviser) and Epilepsy Action (Medical Advisory Board).
He is the chair of the guideline development group for the seizures chapter of the paramedics clinical practice guidelines (‘JRCALC’). Dr Dickson is the clinical lead for the primary care endometrial sampling service at NHS Sheffield and he works for the NHS Sheffield (clinical commissioning group) on on other projects such as CASES.
In the University of Sheffield he sits on the SEG in AUPMC and the Post-Graduate Research Committee in the Faculty of Medicine.
He has advised and/or peer-reviewed for the following journals, publications and organisations:
- The King’s Fund
- British Journal of General Practice
- HS&DR (Health Services and Delivery Research programme) of the NIHR, HTA (Health Technology Assessment programme) of the NIHR, the Palliative and Supportive Care journal
- The Map of Medicine
- RCGP e-learning package for motor neurone disease (in association with the MND association).
His reviewing activity can be seen on Publons.
Dr Dickson is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC), Epilepsy Action, the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) (the main group and the Primary Care Society), the NIHR CLAHRC South Yorkshire Avoiding Attendance and Admissions theme and the Medical Humanities Society of the University of Sheffield.
- Clinical skills and special interests
The focus of Dr Dickson's clinical work is being a GP. He provides evidence-based holistic care with a special emphasis on patient-centred care and the position of the patient within their family and their community.
Managing the diversity and complexity inherent in this work is Dr Dickson's main focus but he has also developed a range of special interests and additional skills in neurology, gynaecology, musculoskeletal medicine and respiratory medicine.
Dr Dickson works in the epilepsy clinic in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. He holds the DRCOG (Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) and the DFSRH (Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care).
He has certified competences in coil fitting, Nexplanon fitting, endometrial sampling and joint injections.