Dr Angela Kydd is an Associate Professor at Edinburgh Napier University.
Angela trained as a Registered General Nurse in 1976 and then as a registered Mental Health Nurse in 1980. Her clinical work includes acute renal nursing, acute cardiac care and an acute medical receiving ward for the over 75s. Her passion for gerontological nursing led her to undertake a Masters Degree in Gerontology (1989-1990) and from there she worked as a charge nurse in an acute medical receiving ward for the over 75s, charge nurse of a psychogeriatric ward and then as manager in a nursing homes. She undertook a Post Graduate Certificate in Nurse Education in 1994 and in 1995 started her career as a lecturer in gerontology at The University of the West of Scotland (UWS). She worked there for 21 years, specialising in gerontology, as a lecturer (1995) then senior lecturer (2000) and later senior lecturer research (2015). She set up a Gerontology Interest Group for academics, students, clinicians and members of the public, this ran twice a year as a way to share good ideas and best practice in gerontological nursing. During her time at UWS she designed and delivered degree modules in gerontology, (1996-2000) led the Nurse Specialist in Gerontological Nursing Programme at BSc Honours (1998-2003), worked as lead and later partner for several Erasmus Intensive Programmes (2008-2013), was Programme lead for an Overseas Nursing Programme (2006-2008) She was in the first training team delivering the Dementia Champions course to practitioners in Scotland (2012). Angela was programme lead for the MSc in Later Life (2015-2016), running her own masters module on frailty. She has taught in Slovenia and Sweden as an associate lecturer in gerontology and has taught at summer and winter schools in Portugal, Finland and Switzerland.
Angela wrote a nurse specialist programme for the World Health Organisation (WHO) and worked for WHO in a consultancy capacity with Prof Dr Zafer Oztek, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Institute of Public Health, at the International Children’s Centre in Istanbul to produce a Training Master Protocol (TMP) and Manual for Trainers (MfT) to train health care professionals more effectively for introduction of new vaccines by using “cascade plus strategy” especially in developing countries.
In 2009 she co-edited and wrote chapters for a text book on caring for older people. She
has published widely, with over 50 peer-reviewed publications. Her Multifactorial Attitudes Questionnaire (MAQ) was used in a six country research project she led and has been used in the United States, Sweden and Germany.
She has supervised five PhD students to completion.
Angela joined Edinburgh Napier University as an Associate Professor in January 2016. She has organised a Sharing for Caring event (2016), an International week (2017) and a Conference for European Menopause and Andropause Society (2017).
She has successfully partnered a Horizon 2020 project on Ageism which commenced in November 2017 and successfully partnered an Erasmus Mundus Masters in Emergency and Critical Care Nursing which commenced in December 2017. She has secured funding (£1,500) for a small project on engaging older people and student nurses in aspects of good and poor care and has been awarded funding from the Teaching Fellows committee (£4,000) to run a similar project involving student nurses and older people on the future care of the old.
Angela has served as programme chair, a reviewer for COST, ERSC, Dunhill and NiHR grants and is an advisory board member for the teaching care home project led by Edinburgh University. She is on the editorial board of Maturitas, acting as guest editor in November 2017. She is a reviewer for the International Journal of Nursing Older People, The Journal of Advanced Nursing and the Journal of Gerontological Nursing.
Within the School of Health and Social Care (SHSC), she is lead for the U!REKA network, and a member of the Citizenship Workstream, the Research Integrity Committee and the Research Design and Expertise Workstream. Angela is involved in the Wellbeing workstream which is focussing on nursing homes.
Angela is co-creator of the Ageing Research Network at ENU, which was set up in 2016. It is a pan-university group and is now partnered with the International Longevity Centre-UK. There are currently 50 older people ages 60-92 affiliated to the network.
Angela has been a steering group member of the forum for nurses working with older people (Royal College of Nursing) and a steering group member of the British Society of Gerontology. She is currently secretary to the Upsilon Xi chapter of Sigma International (formerly the STTI).
She has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences and is currently an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Health Jesenice, Slovenia for their PhD programme and will be Teaching at Zurich University on the Masters in Gerontology in January 2019.
Her research centres on frail older people and people with dementia – with a special interest in nursing homes and home care.
She currently has one PhD student due for completion in 2018 and will be taking on 3 PhD students (2 as part of the Horizon 2020 project) in 2018.
Angela is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teaches on the undergraduate and post-graduate courses at ENU.