I have a clinical background in community nursing and community service development. I also worked in NHS research management in NHS Lothian for many years developing systems for research governance and research opportunities for NHS staff including developing a clinical academic research careers scheme for Nurses, Midwives and Allied health Professionals.
I maintained academic links throughout my NHS career and having held part time seconded and honorary research fellowships at University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University, I returned to Edinburgh Napier on a part time basis in 2013.
My research interests include the interface between self-care and health care and the introduction of new technologies into health care. My main research focus has been the use of telehealth in personal health maintenance and the management of long term conditions in primary care, but my interest in the introduction of new technologies into healthcare has also extended to acute care settings including neonatal units, critical care and admission of the elderly to hospital.
In addition to my Edinburgh Napier based research projects (see tab), recent and ongoing grants held in the NHS include
European Union FP7 Programme. PEGASO: Development and testing of telehealth system using internet gaming approach. December 2013 – May 2017. Co-applicant 8,934,000 euros
NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme. Development and validation of the 4AT: a new rapid screening tool for delirium. November 2012 – November 2017, Co-applicant. £839,226
Digital Health Institute. MyLittleOne: use of live video streaming from neonatal unit to mothers in post natal ward. April 2015 – March 2016 - Co Applicant £70,898
Lothian Clinical Academic Careers Scheme, Exploring the use of telehealth in weight management – 2 Phd studentships to be held at QMU September 2013 - September 2019. Co- applicant, supervising one student
CSO, plus matched funding from GE Healthcare. Development and evaluation of strategies to improve quality of sedation in intensive care (DESIST Study), September 2011 – December 2014 Co-applicant, £424,999
CSO: Telemetric supported self-monitoring of long-term illness. June 2008- July 2014 Co-applicant, £983,330 Report graded ‘excellent’
Edinburgh and Lothian Health Foundation Pilot study: ‘Light Touch’ telemonitoring for people with COPD in Lothian. October 2012 – April 2014, co-applicant £78,568