Gina Dutton


Head of the Association for Dementia Studies

Association for Dementia Studies

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542702

Gina Dutton joined the Association for Dementia Studies (ADS) in September 2014. Gina is the management lead for ADS providing operational management for the department as a whole and line management of the education and professional support team. She has more than 17 years experience as a senior manager in the NHS and higher education. Gina has an interest in evidence based practice and clinical research and is committed to ensuring that patients and members of the public are able to participate in high quality research as part of the standard of care, if they wish to.

Gina is the point of contact for care providers looking to the Association for Dementia Studies to provide high quality continuing professional development for their staff.

Gina qualified as a radiographer in 1982 and dual qualified as a sonographer in 1987. She worked in the UK and Botswana. She started working in research whilst a sonographer, before moving into cancer research management when the National Cancer Research Network was established and worked at regional and national level. Training and development of others has always been a key priority within her work.


  • Masters of Science Operational Research and Management Studies(2002), Aston Business School, Aston University
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours (First class) (1999), The Open University.
  • Diploma in Medical Ultrasound(1987) West Mercia School of Radiography
  • Diploma of the College of Radiographers (Diagnostic)(1982), Central Birmingham School of Radiography

As well as formal qualifications, Gina has studied a wide variety of short courses, in particular taking advantage of Future Learn to complete a number of MOOCs (Mass open online courses), something that she highly recommends to everyone

Professional experience

Gina Dutton's professional experience

Gina worked for 15 years as a diagnostic radiographer and sonographer in the NHS and overseas, before moving into clinical research.

Between 2002 and 2014, Gina was a Research Network Manager in the NIHR Cancer Research Network (NCRN). The NIHR Clinical Research Network is responsible for supporting researchers and organisations to conduct clinical research in the NHS and providers of NHS services.  

Additionally, during this time, Gina was seconded to the national Coordinating Centre for 3 years to work on a number of national projects to improve the delivery of cancer clinical trials and other well design studies in the NHS. This included serving on a number of national committees, including the NCRI Survivorship and End of Life Care Steering Group.

She was a member of the Trial Management Group for the FOCUS4 trial, a highly complex, molecularly stratified, multi-site randomised trial programme for patients with colorectal cancer. 

She was a visiting Specialist Lecturer at University of Central England (now known as Birmingham City University) on the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Ultrasound between 1998 and 2001 and lectured on the Clinical Trials module within the MSc. in Oncology at the University of Birmingham.

She is an experienced NHS and university manager with diverse management experience.

Knowledge Transfer and Dissemination

Knowledge Transfer and Dissemination

Knowledge Transfer

Gina is currently leading a Distance Learning Project within the Association for Dementia Studies to develop a number of level 7 modules which will run from the 2019/20 academic year. She has also been involved in developing an online learning resource for a housing provider. She was involved in the development of a free teaching resource, Promoting cultural competency in the domiciliary care workforce supporting people living with dementia, Department of Health, 2014-16 Home is where the heart is

Research Reports

Carter, C., Read, K., Bray, J., Dutton, G. and Brooker, D. (2016). The Admiral Nurse Competency Framework: A Resource for Practice. University of Worcester.

Website contributions

Dutton, G. (2015). The growing crisis in dementia care, blog for the Fawcett Society  (no longer available)

Dutton, G (2018). Dementia Training Standards Framework blog 


External Responsibilities

Gina represents the University of Worcester in the Higher Education Dementia Network and on the Dementia Workforce Advisory Group.