Anne Rowat

Anne Rowat

Dr Anne Rowat



Dr Anne Rowat is a qualified nurse and lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care. She works in the fields of neuroscience, stroke and research methods. She is an experienced module leader on both undergraduate and postgraduate nursing degree programmes. She has contributed to a national curriculum for stroke nurses and web-based stroke training resources through joint working with the Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum and Managed Clinical Network for Stroke. As a panel member of the Nursing Standard Art and Science Section she co-ordinated a series of stroke articles that was a focus of a national conference.
Research work is mainly in the field of the management of complications after stroke. Her work has been recognised nationally and internationally. As a guest professor at the Nursing School at Zhenzhou University she has presented at an international conference, provided mentorship for staff/students and written collaborative papers. Her research has won national awards, including a young achiever award (1998), the John Scrimgeour medal (2000) and Nursing Abstract Prize at the UK stroke Forum (2011). She is currently building on a programme of cardiovascular research to determine the feasibility, acceptability, transferability and implementation of nurse-led interventions, which is aligned to the SHSC theme of Long Term Conditions.


Research Areas


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Chair of Research Action Group and executive groups (nominated), Scottish Stroke Nurse Forum (SSNF)
  • Consultation (invited as member of SSNF executive group): Recommendations for Nurse Staff Levels in Stroke Units – UK Stroke Nurses Forums working group
  • Consultation and critical Reviewer (invited): Stroke Training and Awareness Resources (STARS) Advanced Stroke Modules
  • Consultation (invited): SIGN 118 Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network. 118. 2010 Management of patients with stroke: rehabilitation, prevention and management of complications, and discharge planning. SIGN Guideline 118. Scottish Intercollegiate Ne
  • Consultation and author on behalf of the Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum: Benchmarking Scottish Stroke Services Nursing Establishments presented to the National Advisory Committee for stroke (Scottish Government)
  • Consultation (invited): NHS Quality Improvement Scotland. Best Practice Statement: Pain management following stroke
  • Consultation (invited): NHS Quality Improvement Scotland. Best Practice Statement: End of life care following stroke
  • Consultation (invited as member of SSNF executive group): The Strategy for Stroke Nursing in Scotland
  • Consultation (invited as member of SSNF executive group): Charter for People Living with Stroke in Scotland (2014) (supported and endorsed by the SSNF)
  • Data monitoring Committee (DMC) Member (invited), Multi-centred randomised controlled trial (phase II pilot trial): Stroke Oral Health care pLan Evaluation (SOCLE II)


Conference Activity

  • Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum (SSNF) Conference, Nursing Standard Stroke Series, Perth
  • Chair for Stroke Nurse Training Programme, UK Stroke Forum Conference, Harrogate
  • Nursing Research Priorities Consensus Meeting, Glasgow Caledonian University


Editorial Activity

  • Advisory panel member for Art and Science Section (invited), Nursing Standard


Fellowships and Awards

  • Award for Best Nursing Abstract: Dehydration in Hospital Admitted Stroke Patients (UK Stroke Forum, Glasgow, 2011)
  • Prize for Best Poster, British Association of Stroke Physicians Conference (Keele, 2003)
  • Young Achiever Award, (Buckingham Palace, London, 1998)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • John Scrimgeour Medal for Non-medical Research, (Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, 2000)


Grant Reviewer

  • Stroke Association Project Grants
  • Cancer Research UK Project Grants
  • Action Medical Research Project Grants


Invited Speaker

  • RCN International Nursing research Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland – platform presentation: Top ten research priorities relating to stroke nursing (6/04/2016).
  • Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum Conference, Perth, Scotland - invited speaker: Stroke Nursing Research Priorities (25/09/2014).
  • Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum Conference, Perth, Scotland - invited speaker: Stroke Nursing Research Priorities Results (24/09/2015).
  • Chest Heart and Stroke Advanced Training Day, Edinburgh, Scotland – invited speaker: Oxygen therapy for Acute Stroke Patients (18/6/2014)
  • UK Stroke Forum (Stroke Nurse Training Programme), Glasgow, Scotland – invited speaker: Challenges in Delivery of Food and Fluids after Stroke (1/12/2009).
  • European Stroke Organisation Guidelines Update, Karolinska Institute Stroke Nursing Programme, Stockholm, Sweden – invited speaker: Dehydration after stroke (16-18/11/2014).


Media Activity

  • NHS Improvement: expert commentary on important new evidence, Dehydration in hospital-admitted stroke patients (August 2012). NICE, Eyes on evidence awareness service.
  • Nursing Times: Dehydration in stroke patients admitted to hospital, October 2012
  • Medwire News: Dehydration poses mortality risk in hospitalized stroke patients, December 2011



  • Cochrane Stroke Group Systematic Reviews


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