Dr Jon M Dickson


Senior Clinical Lecturer

Jon DicksonAcademic Unit of Primary Medical Care
Samuel Fox House
Northern General Hospital
Herries Road
S5 7AU
Telephone: (+44) (0) 114 222 2081
Fax: (+44) (0) 114 222 2219
Email: j.m.dickson@sheffield.ac.uk


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. A selection of Dr Dickson's publications, presentations and conference abstracts can be see at the bottom of this page. Additional information on his publications is available via Research Gate.


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.


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, Seizure, the 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.


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.

Journal articles


  • Dickson J, Wilmer I, James C, Grunewald R, Siriwardena N, Reuber M, Wiles J & England E (2019) Convulsions in Adults In Brown SN, Kumar D, James C & Mark J (Ed.), United Kingdom Ambulance Services Clinical Practice Guidelines Bridgwater: Class Professional Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Grunewald RA, Dickson JM, Hick J, Jacques R, Campbell M, Morely R & Reuber M (2018) UK Unscheduled Admissions for Adults with Suspected Seizures. JNNP(Suppl 1) (pp A8-A8), 3 May 2017. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Dickson JM, Howell SJ, Griffiths P, Wilkinson I & Grunewald RA (2003) 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) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Campbell F, Sworn K, Booth A, Reuber M, Grunewald R, Mack C & Dickson J () 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 RIS download Bibtex download


  • Campbell F, Booth A, Sworn K, Reuber M, Grunewald R, Mack C & Dickson J (2019) Epilepsy Specialist Nurses The Evidence (ESPENTE): a Systematic Mapping Review View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download


  • Hughes-Gooding TA, Mason S, Dickson JM & Stone T (2017) Modelling the Flow of Seizure Patients in the Urgent and Emergency Care System. ILAE British Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Dickson JM (2017) 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,. RIS download Bibtex download


  • Dickson J Primary/secondary care interface and care pathways in neurology, Neurology Service Managers network meeting.. Manchester. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Dickson JM, Simpson R, Jacques R, Ahmed N, Grunewald R, Reuber M & Mason S Exploring Discordance Between Epilepsy Prevalence and Age-Specific Admission Rates for Seizures. Sheffield. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hughes-Gooding TH, Mason S, Dickson JM & Stone T Modelling the Flow of Seizure Patients in the Urgent and Emergency Care System. Society for Academic Primary Care, Trent Regional Meeting, Sheffield. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Dickson JM Emergency Health Services for Epilepsy, Plenary Presentation, ILAE British Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting. Leeds. RIS download Bibtex download