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Diana Day

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Nursing
Areas of Expertise:
Nursing and midwifery

Diana has worked as a Consultant Nurse at Addenbrookes hospital for the last 10 years where she has developed skills in Leadership, Advanced Clinical Skills, Research and National Guideline Development.

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Diana has a background in intensive care nursing, which led to her first research post in neuro intensive care, looking at hyper acute imaging and treatment of traumatic brain injury.

She then moved to a joint clinical/research specialist nurse post in stroke medicine in Cambridge, working on an MRC grant programme and setting up stroke units and pathways whilst remaining clinical.

After that, Diana moved to be the Deputy Director of Anglia Stroke and Heart Network, developing acute stroke units, education, competencies, thrombolysis and telemedicine service across the Eastern region.

In 2009, Diane became Consultant Nurse for stroke at Addenbrookes and nurse representative for NICE stroke guidelines, leading to work developing the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) national stroke guidelines and establishment of a national stroke audit programme.

Her research interest is with National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as a grant applicant, primary investigator and local lead for hyperacute stroke research.

Diana’s passion is implementing evidenced-based practice through education, research and guidelines through strong clinical leadership across the UK and overseas.

Research interests
  • Research interest 1: Hydration and preventing dehydration in elders
  • Research interest 2: Hyperacute Stroke
  • Research interest 3: Increasing rehabilitation by technology
  • Research interest 4: Hyperacute care nursing care in stroke
  • Nurse lead for hyperacute stroke research network at Cambridge, leading the top recruiting UK centre for last three years.
  • NIHR as primary investigator, grant collaborator, lead grant applicant, across the stroke pathway.
  • Diana undertook a yearlong fellowship with Cambridge University to look into dehydration in acutely ill elders, which resulted in a stage 1&2 application to the Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB). She is working on another submission in 2021.
  • Diana’s other major research project is an international project looking at acute stroke nursing care currently setting up in USA and Australia, they are applying for funding in the UK.

Areas of Expertise

  • Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Clinical Leadership
  • Neurological / Stroke nursing
  • Clinical guideline development and research – NIHR and implementation of evidence

Diana has been an Associate Lecturer at ARU on the ‘Management of acute stroke and rehabilitation’ course for the last two years.

Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills

  • RN degree equivalent - UKCC
  • BSc Hons Life Sciences - Open University
  • MSc Neuroscience - Open University
  • Diploma in research - Cambridge University
  • Diploma in leadership - Kings Fund
  • Diploma in management - Cambridge University
Memberships, editorial boards
  • National Stroke Nursing Forum committee member
  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • Member of the Cambridge University research group
  • Member of the World Health Organisation clinical leaders programme
  • Member of the Cambridge Global Health Partnership working with clinical programmes overseas
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Primary investigator on NIHR studies: ICONS, OPTIMAST, HEADPOST, DNA Lacunar, eASPECTS

Selected recent publications

Tørnes, M, McLernon, MO Bachmann, SD Musgrave, DJ Day, ...2020. Variations in rates of discharges to nursing homes after acute hospitalization for stroke and the influence of service heterogeneity: an Anglia Stroke Clinical Network Healthcare 8 (4), 390

J Lim, X Wang, T Robinson, VC Urrutia, B Johnson, DV Summers, D Day, ...2019. Optimal post tpa-IV monitoring in ischemic stroke (OPTIMISTmain) International Journal of Stroke 14, 18-19

P Muñoz Venturelli, X Li, S Middleton, C Watkins, PM Lavados, ...D Day, 2019. Impact of Evidence‐Based Stroke Care on Patient Outcomes: A Multilevel Analysis of an International Study; Journal of the American Heart Association 8 (13), e012640

Y Xu, ML Hackett, J Chalmers, RI Lindley, X Wang, Q Li, T Robinson, ...D Day, 2019. Intensive blood pressure reduction with intravenous thrombolysis therapy for acute ischaemic stroke (ENCHANTED): an international, randomised, open-label, blinded-endpoint; Neurology: Clinical Practice 7 (4), 324-332

S Nagel, D Sinha, D Day, W Reith, R Chapot, P Papanagiotou, ...2017. e-ASPECTS software is non-inferior to neuroradiologists in applying the ASPECT score to computed tomography scans of acute ischemic stroke patients; International Journal of Stroke 12 (6), 615-622

TJ Quinn, M Taylor-Rowan, A Coyte, AB Clark, SD Musgrave, AK Metcalf, DJ Day, 2017. Pre-stroke modified Rankin scale: evaluation of validity, prognostic accuracy, and association with treatment; Frontiers in neurology 8, 275

PK Myint, M O. Bachmann, YK Loke, S D. Musgrave, GM Price, R Hale, DJ Day, ...2017: Important factors in predicting mortality outcome from stroke: findings from the Anglia Stroke Clinical Network Evaluation Study; Age and ageing 46 (1), 83-90

Media experience

A few brief appearances