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Personal profile

Mrs Suzanne Croy - Nurse Lecturer: Division of Mental Health Nursing and Counselling

Employment History

1987- 1990 Mental Health Nurse Training 

1990 - 1993 RMN Band D and E - Bellsdyke Hospital, Larbert

1993-1996 Nurse Officer/Nurse Practitioner Scottish Prison Service

1996 - 2001 Charge Nurse/Deputy Manager ANS and Kingdom Care

2001 - 2002 Care Manager/Matron Kingdom Care

2002- 2006 Community Care Worker (RMN) Clackmannanshire Council

2007 - 2010 Community Mental Health Nurse NHS Fife

2006 - 2010 Nurse Coordinator, Memory Services for Younger People, NHS Fife

2010-2012 Care Home Education Facilitator NHS Fife

2011- 2012 Clinical Academic Fellow, University of Dundee

2014 - 2015 Tutor - MSc Dementia Srudies, University of Stirling

2012 - 2015 Dementia Lead Associate, Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling



1990 - Registered Mental Nurse

2006 - BA Nursing Studies, Robert Gordon University

2008 - Advanced Diploma Cognitive Behaviour Studies and Techniques, University of Derby

2009 - Mentor Preparation Programme, University of Dundee

2009 - CPD Module Degenerative Conditions, University of Glasgow

2009 - CPD Early Intervention in Dementia Care, University of Stirling

2012 - MSc Dementia Studies, University of Stirling

2017 - Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teacahing (Distinction)

2014 - present - Doctor of Nursing, University of Stirling 


Professional Memberships:

NMC Registered Mental Health Nurse

Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority  


Conference Presentations (last 6 only):

2016: Simulated Learning on Sensory and Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Developing a Simulated Learning Resource, ENTER Conference.

2016: Simulated Learning on Sensory and Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Developing  aSimulated Learning Resource, Scottish Mental Health Nursing Conference, University of Abertay. 

2013: Alzheimer Scotland Conference - speaker – Dementia Friendly Communities 

2013: 4th Annual Scottish Conference Dementia in Younger Adults- presenter - Innovative Practice

2011: Dementia Bursary Award and RCN Congress Presentation - presenter

2010: 1st Annual Scottish Conference Dementia in Younger Adults  – presenter – the Fife Experience


I’m a lecturer, programme lead and Registered Mental Health Nurse. 

My experience in mental health nursing includes working as a Staff Nurse in Bellsdyke Hospital, Larbert; as a Nurse Practitioner within the Scottish Prison Service; as a Care Manager in private care homes; as a Community Care Worker in Social Services; and as a Community Mental Health Nurse for Older People.  I’ve also worked within the NHS Fife Memory Services for Younger People. 

More recently, I’ve held academic posts including Clinical Academic Fellow at the University of Dundee and Dementia Lead Associate at Dementia Services Development Centre based at the University of Stirling. 

My main interest is in nursing older people and supporting people with dementia. I have recently developed two new modules on older people with mental health needs with a view to helping professionals embed evidence-based changes into practice. In developing these modules, I worked collaboratively with a range of stakeholders including people with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers.

I am also actively involved in facilitating simulated learning workshops on sensory impairment and cognitive impairment in older adults. More recently, I have taken on the programme lead for MSc Mental Health and MSc Mental Health Nursing.

I hold a BA in Nursing Studies, an MSc in Dementia Studies and am currently undertaking a clinical doctorate in Nursing at the University of Stirling.


Subjects Taught:

I lead modules entitled Mental Health Nursing for 1st year students, Professional Issues for Year 2 and 3 students, and mental health and older people for 3rd year students on the BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing which is both professionally rewarding and relevant to contemporary issues in nursing today. Recently, I have developed a work based review module for the MSc in Mental health Nursing and MSc Mental Health which helps a range of professionals embed evidence based changes into practice. 

My main interest is in older people and in particualr supporting people with dementia. In developing new modules around these topics, I work collaboratively with all stakeholders including people with a diagnosis of dementia, their unpaid carers and paid staff.  I recently liaised with stakeholders to develop two modules about older people with mental health needs.  I am also activley involved in facilitating simulated learning workshops for students about sensory impairment and cognitive impairment in older adults.

In addition, I teach into the 4th year introduction to cognitive behaviour therapy module which is lead by my colleague Scott Kane.

Research interests

Research Interests:

Dementia, simulated learning and pedagogy. Current projects include:-

The lived experience of people with a frontotemporal dementia: What helps and hinders?
Simulated Learning on Sensory and Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Developing a Simulated Learning Resource
Development of a Group Work Assessment Pedagogy using Constructive Alignment Theory

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Research Output 2014 2018

  • 203 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 3 Article
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Review article
  • 1 Web publication/site
1 Citation (Scopus)
63 Downloads (Pure)

Development of a group work assessment pedagogy using constructive alignment theory

Croy, S., Feb 2018, In : Nurse Education Today. 61, p. 49-53 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
group work
Psychiatric Nursing
83 Downloads (Pure)

Simulation on sensory impairment in older adults: nursing education

Macaden, L., Smith, A. & Croy, S., 25 Oct 2017, In : British Journal of Nursing. 26, 19, p. 1057–1064 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Nursing Students
Nursing Education
Quality of Life

Differentiating dementia, delirium and depression

Poison, J. & Croy, S., 15 Apr 2015, Nursing times, 111, 16, p. 18-19 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Signs and Symptoms
Delivery of Health Care

Learning unit on dementia, delirium and depression

Polson, J. & Croy, S., Apr 2015

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

Signs and Symptoms
Quality of Life


An exploration of individualized music on levels of agitation in people with dementia in a specialist mental health setting: a mixed method approach

Author: Skinner, H., Mar 2018

Supervisor: Croy, S. (Supervisor) & Dickens, G. L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Masters Thesis