Miss Ruth Trout

RGN, MSc, PG Diploma Education, BSc

Senior Lecturer

Health Care and Social Work


Ruth Trout qualified as a nurse in 1994, beginning her neuroscience career in Oxford in 1996. She completed a BSc in Critical Care (neurosciences) and worked within the neurosurgical, neurology and neuro intensive care units. Her last clinical role was as an advanced neurosurgical nurse practitioner, independently running clinics. She completed her MSc in Autonomous Practice in 2008.
Ruths’ academic career began with the opportunity to run the Neuroscience Course for Oxford Brookes University. This led to a Senior Lecturer role at Buckinghamshire New University from 2010 where Ruth has taken the lead on neuroscience, stroke and dementia education within the Post-registration education team. Ruth has presented at national and international conferences including the World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses (WFNN) and European Association of Neuroscience Nurses (EANN) congresses. Ruth won the ‘Most inspirational lecturer’ prize at graduation in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

As a member of the British Association of Neuroscience Nurses Board from 2010-2017, Ruth has attended meetings and conferences representing BANN and UK neuroscience nurses. She was the lead organiser for the 2017 BANN conference in Oxford attended by over 400 delegates and sponsors over two days. Ruth took over the role as BANN representative to EANN and WFNN for a period. In her BANN role Ruth has been part of working parties authoring policy documents such as safe staffing guidelines for neuroscience patients.

Ruth is the author of many comment articles in the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing as well as a published researcher. Her most recent publication is entitled ‘Nurses’ understanding and experience of applying painful stimuli when assessing components of the Glasgow Coma Scale’ and was published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing in September 2019. She is currently working with an international group developing an evidence based policy document for healthcare professionals and policy makers on the need to prioritize brain health. This much needed guidance puts brain health on a par with other common conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular care.

Ruth has been a full time carer for her Grandmother who has advanced vascular dementia. In this capacity she has experienced the ‘other side’ of healthcare, navigating the system as a carer and relative. Due to this she has a unique insight into the needs of the dementia patient and their carer. She has given published advice on a wide range of issues such as managing family gatherings over holiday periods. Her most unique presentation to date was to a group of funeral directors and crematorium staff on how to plan a funeral with a person who has dementia.