Angela Kydd

Angela Kydd

Dr Angela Kydd Honorary Research Consultant with Medicine of the Elderly NHS Lothian

Associate Professor,


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.


Research Areas


Conference Activity

  • Moderator for plenary sessions at International Scientific conferences in Slovenia and Cconference Programme committee member for the International Scientific conferences College of Nursing Jesenice
  • Organised a symposium of US and UK speakers. This was accepted for the International Federation of Ageing (IFA) in Copenhagen
  • Organised a conference at UWS with speakers from Florida and London.
  • Organised the Renfrewshire Seniors forum annual conferences
  • Organised a symposium for the Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
  • Organised and chaired conference ‘Nurturing Kindness and Developing Education – The heart of best practice’
  • Organised and chaired Developing as a Centre of Excellence conference
  • Organised and chaired first Sharing for Caring conference at Edinburgh Napier University with International speakers and visitors speaking.
  • Organising international week in University of the West of Scotland for the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
  • Organising a conference at UWS with keynote speaker from Slovenia
  • Chair of the STTI first European Scientific Conference Organising Group
  • Co-organised the STTI first European Scientific Conference
  • Member of the External Scientific Committee for the 2nd IPLeiria´s Health International Congress
  • Engaging Older People and Student Nurses in Research


Invited Speaker

  • paper presented with Professor Joy Merrell, E Rosser, A Mendes and I Geut ‘Is Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing meeting the needs of European Nurses? A survey of active and inactive members in Europe’. STTI European Conference: Diver
  • Paper presented at the UK Council for Graduate Education “Research Training for the Health Professions: The Changing Culture” London
  • Organiser and Chair of symposium Applying for Ethical Approval in Research on People with Dementia: Stories from the US, the UK and Sweden. GSA Symposium Boston
  • Organised and chaired a symposium ‘The Creative Use of Qualitative Research Methods’ GSA Atlanta
  • Paper presented A European Intensive Programme Experience to Develop Transcultural Compassion in Nursing. Budapest, Hungary
  • Palliative Care and Dementia – an Evaluation. Joint paper with Julie Miller (Alz Scot) at the Dementia Congress, Liverpool
  • Paper at above symposium: Researching People with Severe Dementia Margaret Brown and Angela Kydd GSA Symposium Boston
  • Paper presented Angela Kydd Deidre Wild and Ala Szczepura at RCN Older People’s Nursing Conference 2012 Caring for and Caring About: A remedial care model for use in care homes for older people, Conference Centre, Manchester
  • Paper Presented at the EPS conference Montreal Attitudes to health care professionals who work with older people by themselves and their peers.
  • Paper presented at GSA Symposium ‘Adding Qualitative Depth to Quantitative Data’ GSA Atlanta
  • paper presented at Gerontology Society of America Washington (GSA) Living in Transition
  • Paper presented at Gerontology Society of America (GSA) A Six country study: nurses and student nurses attitudes towards gerontological nursing as a career. Angela Kydd Ingegerd Fagerberg, Theris Touhy, David Newman, Gabriella Engstrom
  • Paper at above symposium: Involving People with Dementia in UK Research Barbara Sharp and Angela Kydd GSA Symposium Boston
  • Paper at above conference Issues Concerning Participant Observation with Frail Older Adults
  • Paper at above conference The Ethical Challenges of Involving People Newly Diagnosed with Dementia in the Research Process Susanne Holland, Angela Kydd and Gordon Ellis
  • Keynote Speech: The Future of Services for Older People. Modernising Services for Older People in Argyll and Clyde Conference
  • Keynote Speaker at Portuguese conference
  • Keynote speaker at the 1st International Congress of Nursing Students. Autonomy of the Nurse: A European Perspective. School of Health Sciences. Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal
  • Keynote speaker: Rising to the Challenge of the 21st Century Perceptions of Working with Older People. NHS Lanarkshire
  • Life in Limbo. Invited speaker. Paper presented at BSG Scotland.
  • Issues in Participant Observation Paper at Qualitative Research Symposium at the GSA Conference Orlando
  • Invited speaker to College of Jesenice: Mentorship in Learning: Supporting and Empowering Learners. Jesenice, Slovenia
  • Invited speaker to the 2 day Research Day School of Nursing Jesenice Slovenia
  • Invited speaker to National Care Homes Forum in Taunton. Workshop presented The views of frail older people moving from hospital to care home.
  • Living in Long Term care – The Stories Told: The rules of the institution. Paper presented at the British Society of Gerontology in Sheffield
  • A Qualitative Evaluation Study of Intensive Programs (IPs): Transcultural Nursing Education. A Kydd, C Tschudin-Madsen, C. Cahves and S. Sauras-Tricas. International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS) conference, Frieburg, Germany
  • 1st International Conference at Stirling. Citizenship: Responding to the Challenge of Dementia. Invited Speaker. Paper on Facilitating Good Practice by Caring for Staff presented.
  • Symposium paper at the International Federation of Ageing Copenhagen.
  • Stakeholder Perspectives of What Makes a Care Home, Homely Anne Fleming PhD student UWS Dr. Angela Kydd & Professor Pauline Banks, UWS & Sally Stewart Glasgow School of Art
  • An Evaluation Study of Erasmus Intensive Programmes. A Kydd, S Tricas C Tsuchdi Madsen International Scientific Conference New Approaches to Improving Healthcare Education: Today and Tomorrow. Latvia University Riga Medical Centre
  • Asked to chair conference organised by University of Glasgow ‘Managing Common Health Problems in Older People. Teacher Building Glasgow
  • Qualitative Research Symposium. Discussant. – Student’s experience of Qualitative Research Methods. GSA Baltimore
  • Qualitative Research – Focus Group Uses and Misuses: Telling it as it is in Front of Others, GSA, San Francisco
  • Plenary Paper International Conference Slovenia Developing a REAL Care Home
  • Plenary Paper presented at the RCN International Research Conference ‘Attitudes towards Nurses who Work with Older People by themselves and their Peers
  • Sadness in Long Term Care: The recalling of negative events to match affect. Paper presented at the British Gerontological Society in Bristol
  • The Perspectives of Frail Older People moving from Hospital to a Care Home. Paper presented at the Gerontological Society of America, Texas, USA
  • Wrote and chaired symposium ‘Developing Research Methods to Facilitate a Researcher Participant Relationship’ GSA San Diego
  • wo papers presented Understanding Dementia and Frailty: Assessment and Intervention at International Week Spring International Week ‘Global Health and transcultural challenges’ Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences / Faculty of Health Care
  • Two papers accepted for GSA in New Orleans: ‘An ethnographis style of inquiry using a observer participant role’ 22/11/10 and ‘’Using mixed methods in a study on attitudes’ 20/11/10
  • Caring for Staff during Welfare Reform. Paper presented at the British Gerontological Society in Bangor
  • Chair of session on the importance of research in dementia care. Scottish Caring and Dementia Congress Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
  • Improving Care of Older People in Scotland. Funded speaker at Improving Care for Older People Conference Savoy Place London
  • International lectures: Participated in giving lecturers at international weeks in Finland, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia, Latvia, Portugal, Poland, Slovenia
  • Guest Speaker for Conference to celebrate 40 years of Contact the Elderly Beyond Practical Needs: Exploring the benefits of regular social interaction for older people. My paper was ‘Social Isolation: A lonely journey.
  • Guest lecturer at the Ethics for Mentors workshop College of Nursing Jesenice, Slovenia
  • Guest lecturer at the Research for Mentors workshop College of Nursing Jesenice, Slovenia Examples of Clinical Research and its Use in Practice
  • Invited speaker at the RCN OPeNN conference in Northern Ireland. Paper given: The Unspoken Rules and the Spontaneous Rules of the Institution.
  • Invited speaker Eating and Nutritional Care for older people with Dementia. Glasgow Medica CPD Ltd
  • Invited speaker at the Evidence Base Practice Seminar for Older People’s Services Fife. Paper given: Delayed discharge status from a patient perspective.
  • Invited speaker at The Active Ageing Conference Begunje, Slovenia ‘The Goals and Actions to Achieve Active Ageing on All Levels of Health and Social Care: What about care home residents?’
  • Invited Speaker at Caring for Older People Conference Manchester Conference Centre: Paper Creating a Remedial Enterprise And Learning [REAL Care Home
  • Invited speaker at the expert meeting Opportunities for Improving Clinical Practice in Nursing Care of an Old Person: Paper ‘Why don’t nurses like to work with older people?’
  • Invited Speaker Healthcare Events: Effective Discharge Planning: Reducing Delayed Transfer of Care. Where Rhetoric meets Reality: Learning from Experiences London
  • Invited discussant for symposium ‘The Art of Interviewing: Exploring the Qualitative Researcher’s Opinions. GSA Symposium Boston
  • Invited discussant at GSA Symposium: Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Exploring a Diversity of Methods. GSA Atlanta
  • International Views of Ageing and Long-term Care: Developing Centres of Excellence in Nursing Homes. Paper presented at the National Conference of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners West Palm Beach, Florida
  • “Embracing all models in Quality of Life Issues for People with Dementia” Funded presentation at the Dementia Symposium, Hilton Hotel, Bellshill, Glasgow
  • National Care Homes Research and Development Forum. Life in Care. City University London
  • Invited plenary speaker at the 4th International Scientific Conference College of Nursing Jesenice, Slovenia Attitudes towards Health Care Professionals who Work with Older People
  • Invited Speaker at 1st International Scientific Conference Theory, Research and Practice – The three pillars of contemporary nursing care. College of Nursing Jesenice, Slovenia. Plenary speaker The Anxieties of Frail Older People in Transition.
  • Invited Plenary speaker at the 2nd International Scientific Conference College of Nursing Jesenice, Slovenia. Evaluative Research on a Multiagency Team.
  • Invited Speaker at 2nd World Congress on Health Research Viseau, Portugal Palliative Care from Oncology to all Nursing Arenas: Good practice or scaring the patients?


External Examining/Validations

  • Nursing Department National University of Galway: Gerontology modules and Diplomas
  • Keele University: Post Nursing Registration Modules and Diplomas
  • UHI Millennium Institute Stornaway, Isle of Lewis: BA Health Studies February
  • External Examiner for the Overseas Nursing Programme Belfast
  • External Examiner for the Diploma / BSc (Hon) Continuing Professional Development for Healthcare Professionals . St Georges. Kingston University London
  • External examiner for PhD Viva in Swansea
  • External Examiner for PhD viva in Huddersfield
  • External examiner for PhD Viva in Swansea
  • External Examiner
  • University of Highlands and Islands



  • Invited to act as referee to Erskine Hospital for their bid for funding from the Wolfson Institute in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009
  • Erasmus Grant Reviewer
  • ESRC Grant Reviewer


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member of the Consortium Committee for the Quality Assurance of Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Emergency and Critical Care Nursing
  • Steering Group member of the teaching care homes forum
  • Working for WHO Worked with colleague in Turkey (Professor Oztek) on developing guidelines for cascade training for immunisation programmes in third world countries
  • Director on Board of Directors Renfrewshire Association of Mental Health
  • Elected secretary of the Sigma Theta Tau International Society for the Upsilon Xi Chapter in Swansea
  • Elected Steering Group Member of RCN Forum for Older People
  • Elected Convener of the Qualitative Research Interest Group of the Gerontological Society of America
  • Elected Executive Member of British Society of Gerontology
  • Expert to assist the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in the framework of the management of the Community programmes in the fields of education, audiovisual, culture, youth and citizenship for the ERASMUS MUNDUS programme
  • Named expert interviewed by Prof Dr Zafer Oztek for the International Children’s Center (designated WHO collaborating Center) for the publication of Evaluation of Cascade Strategy for Training Health Care Workers for Immunization Programmes. 28/9/12


Research Degree External Examining

  • Flinders university


Fellowships and Awards

  • Student poster award in 2001 University of Paisley
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Honorary Research Consultant with Medicine of the Elderly NHS Lothian


Non-executive Directorship

  • Director on Board of Directors Action in Mind


Editorial Activity

  • Getting Care of Older People Right: The need for appropriate frailty assessment


Public Engagement Activity

  • Gerontology Interest Group, which was set up in 1998 at the Paisley Campus, launched at Hamilton 2009; speakers have included international, national, regional and local people.


Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • PhD Deidre Wild: