Austyn Snowden

Austyn Snowden

Prof Austyn Snowden

Professor

Biography

I am chair in mental health at Edinburgh Napier University. I lead the mental health undergraduate programme and also teach on the non medical prescribing course as well as supervising six PhD students. My research interests are varied, but share a theme of studying the impact and effect of really listening to people. I have obtained over £500,000 research income, written/edited three books on medication management and nursing theory, and am lead or sole author of over 60 peer reviewed publications on a range of topics from emotional intelligence to the impact of implementing electronic health records. I try to have weekends off.

Esteem

Conference Activity

  • Organiser and chair of inaugural Scottish Mental Health Nurse Research Conference, Ayr

 

External Examining/Validations

  • Undergraduate MH nursing Abertay
  • Post graduate nursing in Dundee University

 

Invited Speaker

  • The Scottish PROM: a measure of chaplaincy interventions in Scotland
  • Is Understanding an Intervention?
  • Holistic Needs Assessment in Cancer Clinics: preliminary results of RCT

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • Doctor of Nursing: Helen Oldknow Why don't mental health nurse prescribers prescribe?
  • PhD Michelle Beattie Development and testing of the Care Experience Feedback Improvement Tool (CEFIT)
  • MRes Lynne Carmichael: What are the barriers to dying at home in Ayrshire?
  • PhD Aisha Abdul Razak: Enhancing Teaching and Learning using Digital Games-Based Learning (DGBL) Within the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE): An Exploratory Study
  • Prof Doc, Karen Roome: A grounded theory of Arnstein’s ladder of participation
  • PhD Jane Ross: Exploration of mental health nurse prescribing

 

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Professor Leuven University, Belgium & lead researcher in ERICH

 

Date


142 results

‘Pinholes in my arms’: the vicious cycle of vascular access

Journal Article
Kelly, L., & Snowden, A. (2021)
‘Pinholes in my arms’: the vicious cycle of vascular access. British Journal of Nursing, 30(14), https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2021.30.14.S4
Background: Vascular access devices (VADs) are essential for delivery of intravenous therapies. There are notable gaps in the literature regarding a focus on patient experienc...

Statistical Fit is like Beauty: a Rasch and Factor Analysis of the Scottish PROM

Journal Article
Snowden, A., Karimi, L., & Tan, H. (in press)
Statistical Fit is like Beauty: a Rasch and Factor Analysis of the Scottish PROM. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, https://doi.org/10.1080/08854726.2021.1916336
Chaplains help people face some of the most complex, intractable and traumatic issues in their lives. Spiritual care works. Unfortunately, spiritual needs are rarely met in he...

‘It was quite a shock’: A qualitative study of the impact of organisational and personal factors on newly qualified nurses' experiences

Journal Article
Ho, S., Stenhouse, R., & Snowden, A. (2021)
‘It was quite a shock’: A qualitative study of the impact of organisational and personal factors on newly qualified nurses' experiences. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 30(15-16), 2373-2385. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.15777
Background: Nurses are critical to achieving the goal of universal health coverage. However, shortages of nursing staff are endemic. Of particular concern, newly qualified nur...

What did Chaplains do During the Covid Pandemic? An international survey

Journal Article
Snowden, A. (2021)
What did Chaplains do During the Covid Pandemic? An international survey. Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, 75(1 (supplement)), 6-16. https://doi.org/10.1177/1542305021992039
A survey was designed to learn from chaplain experiences of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic across the globe. In June 2020, 1657 chaplains responded from 36 countries. The...

Evaluation of Improving the Cancer Journey: Final Report

Report
Young, J., Snowden, A., & Savinc, J. (2020)
Evaluation of Improving the Cancer Journey: Final Report. Macmillan

Understanding the outcomes of spiritual care as experienced by patients

Journal Article
Tan, H., Rumbold, B., Gardner, F., Snowden, A., Glenister, D., Forest, A., …Wyles, L. (in press)
Understanding the outcomes of spiritual care as experienced by patients. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, https://doi.org/10.1080/08854726.2020.1793095
In moving toward professionalising spiritual care in the healthcare system, as an equal partner in whole person care, it has become increasingly important to develop an eviden...

"Nobody will put Baby in the Corner!" A Qualitative Evaluation of a Physical Activity Intervention to Improve Mental Health

Journal Article
Snowden, A., Westbury, T., & Peddie, N. (2020)
"Nobody will put Baby in the Corner!" A Qualitative Evaluation of a Physical Activity Intervention to Improve Mental Health. Health and Social Care in the Community, 28(6), 2060-2075. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13017
Physical activity is beneficial for mental health, but people with mental health issues are less likely to be physically active than the general population. Socially prescribe...

Meeting psychosocial needs to improve health: a prospective cohort study

Journal Article
Snowden, A., Young, J., & Savinc, J. (2020)
Meeting psychosocial needs to improve health: a prospective cohort study. BMC Cancer, 20(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12885-020-07022-w
Background Cancer impacts on patients and their families across a range of different domains. For that reason, optimal cancer care has moved away from a disease-centric focus ...

How to synthesise original findings back into the literature when the literature has moved on. An Introduction to Concurrent Analysis

Journal Article
Kelly, L., & Snowden, A. (2020)
How to synthesise original findings back into the literature when the literature has moved on. An Introduction to Concurrent Analysis. Nurse Researcher, 28(2), 32-27. https://doi.org/10.7748/nr.2020.e1710
Background All studies need to integrate their findings back in to the literature to explain how the new knowledge changes understanding. This process can be anxiety provoking...

Undergraduate nursing and midwifery student’s attitudes to mental illness

Journal Article
Hawthorne, A., Fagan, R., Leaver, E., Baxter, J., Logan, P., & Snowden, A. (2020)
Undergraduate nursing and midwifery student’s attitudes to mental illness. Nursing Open, 7(4), 1118-1128. https://doi.org/10.1002/nop2.494
Aim To explore levels of stigma in students of all fields of nursing and midwifery at different years, and examine the impact of exposure to people with mental illness. Desig...

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Barbara Sharp: Stress as experienced by people with dementia
  • Helen Walker: Psychosocial Interventions in Forensic Care
  • MRes Lorna Bruce: Dancing not wrestling, and exploration of Concordance in Mental Health
  • MRes: Eileen Salmon. Service User involvement in Student Assessment
  • Lorna Reid: Institutional Ethnography of Care Homes in Scotland
  • Res: Brian Johnston. A european study of Nursing in families
  • Deirdre Wild: Gulf War Reservists and Mental health