Catherine Mahoney

Catherine Mahoney

Dr Catherine Mahoney BSc (Hons), PGCE, DipHE RAN, PgCert, PhD, SFHEA

Lecturer

Biography

Dr Catherine Mahoney is Lecturer in Nursing and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) at Edinburgh Napier University, she registered with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) as an Adult Health Nurse in 1998 and Nurse Teacher in 2009. Catherine worked in a number of clinical specialties including cardio-thoracic surgery, high dependency, infectious diseases and drug and alcohol services. Catherine has also worked as Clinical Nutrition Nurse Specialist and senior educationalist within Professional and Practice Development. These roles entailed leading complex and strategic health service projects which afforded her recognition as an inspirational leader of organisational and cultural change.

Having completed her PhD exploring nutritional interventions for Stroke patients, Catherine began her Lecturing position in the School of Health and Social Care in 2009 and is a member of the Population and Public Health Theme within the School. As a valued leader, she completed the Aurora Leadership Foundation training for women in Higher Education in 2016 and training with Twenty One Leadership in 2019.

Catherine has a number if leadership roles in the School including; Lead for Staff Development, Athena Swan Champion, Lead for Educational Research, Programme Lead for the Bachelor of Nursing and Curriculum Lead for the Masters in Nursing. Catherine also serves on the University Athena Swan Committee and was nominated to represent the SHSC on the University Academic Board.

Catherine was awarded SEDA accreditation for postgraduate research degree supervision; to date she has supervised to completion 40 Masters Dissertation students (2009-present) (a significant number achieving distinction, presenting at conference and progressing onto PhD), plus 1 PhD completion. She has examined 1 MRES student and is currently supervising 7 PhD students. Catherine also has significant expertise in curriculum development, she led and supported the Bachelor and Masters in Nursing Programme teams through successful validation with the NMC and University in 2016 and again in 2020. Catherine was also a member of the Steering Group for the development of the Allied Health Professional Programmes in 2018.

Catherine is a keen proponent of authentic and real world learning and assessment supported with emancipatory pedagogical innovation in order to advance approaches to blended and online learning. Catherine is currently collaborating with academics from Tasmania, Australia and Oregon, USA to develop an accelerated Masters in Nursing programme with registration. This will spearhead novel authentic and emancipatory teaching and learning techniques to fast track professional leaders and academics of the future.

Catherine is a skilled project manager and post-doctoral researcher with research and public engagement grants totalling over £100,000 in the past 3 years; research interests include; supporting and enhancing the health and wellbeing of the nursing workforce with the Nurses Lives Research Programme which has gained recognition both nationally and internationally. Catherine leads the Health and Wellbeing strand of the Nurses Lives Research Programme and has successfully secured funding and led investigations into the application of tracking devices as an indicator for determining nurses health, and the impact of health status on the effective performance of CPR on which she is collaborating with Stirling University.

Catherine successfully secured funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, Edinburgh Napier Research Innovation and Public Engagement and Teaching Fellows funds. With a little over £10,000 she led and facilitated public engagement events to broaden students experience of partnership working and understanding of health and social care integration beyond the classroom. In partnership with other academics, health and social care professionals, service users, members of the general public, nursing students and film students from the School of Arts and Creative Industries, this work has resulted in two enduring educational media resources which feature in the Bachelor and Masters in Nursing Programmes and are available publicly. This innovation has led to a significant increase in student satisfaction and understanding of complex concepts in service provision. Furthermore it has been nominated for teaching innovation of the year by the Student Nursing Times Awards 2020 and is gaining recognition in both UK and European HE institutions as a valuable and impactful pedagogical approach.

Following significant positive evaluation and impact, Catherine has shared her approaches to teaching research to health and social care students and staff nationally, presenting as a keynote speaker at national conference and research forums. Her approach has sought to demystify and enable understanding and application of research to real world practice. Catherine's research with the Nurses Lives Team, innovative public engagement activity and research on real world and authentic learning, has earned her both national and international recognition and collaboration in both Belgium and Finland.

Other current research includes collaboration with Edinburgh University Usher Institute and NHS Scotland on the Care Home Innovations Project in realising the vision of Care Homes as centres of excellence for research and education; Catherine is currently leading two research studies as part of this project. To date this work has led to further liaison with nursing academics in Waikato, New Zealand and with the CMO in Scotland over the evaluation and implementation of the 1000 days approach to palliative and end of life care.

Research interests - Population and Public Health; Health Behaviours; Health and Wellbeing of the Health and Social Care Workforce; Clinical Nutrition

Learning and Teaching expertise - Pedagogical Innovations in Population and Public Health; Achieving Authenticity in Health and Social Care Education; Making Research Accessible to Health and Social Care Practitioners; Curriculum Design and Theory in Health and Social Care Curricula

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Fellowships and Awards

  • Accredited by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) for Experience in Post Graduate Research Supervision
  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • First Prize Postgraduate Research Conference - Best Oral Presentation

 

Invited Speaker

  • Holyrood Policy Event: On the Nations Plate; Improving Nutrition in Scotlands Hospitals - 'What About the Workforce?'
  • Research Nurse Staff Development Forum NHS Fife - 'Demistifying Research for Health and Social Care Practitioners'; enabling accessibility and understanding of research and evidence based practice using innovative educational approaches
  • Ho Ghent University Belgium International Week - Establishing a European Research Network to Promote Nurses Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health Research Group Conference in Glasgow 2017 - Demystifying Research For Healthcare Practitioners; enabling accessibility and understanding of research and evidence based practice using innovative educational approaches
  • Practice Education Forum NHS Lothian - Partnership in Bachelor of Nursing Curriculum Development
  • Practice Education Forum NHS Borders - Partnership in Curriculum Development of te Bachelor of Nursing Programme at Edinburgh Napier University
  • Chief Nurses and Charge Nurses Fora - Partnership in Bachelor of Nursing Curriculum Development 2016 Bachelor of Nursing

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Membership of the Aurora Leadership Foundation For Women in Higher Education
  • Member British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
  • Nursing Midwifery Council Registered Adult Nurse and Nurse Teacher
  • Member of Royal College of Nursing
  • Department for Education Fully Qualified Teacher

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewer for HEA National Award Schemes
  • Mentor and Reviewer for Edinburgh Napier University ENRoute Scheme for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • Academic Reviewer for Journal of Advanced Nursing

 

Date


27 results

A necessary evil? the use of interventions to prevent nasogastric tube-tugging after stroke.

Journal Article
Horsburgh, D., Rowat, A. M., Mahoney, C. M. & Dennis, M. S. (2008)
A necessary evil? the use of interventions to prevent nasogastric tube-tugging after stroke. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. 4, 230-234. ISSN 1747-0307
This study explores the perspectives of patients, relatives and carers on the use of interventions to prevent nasogastric tube-tugging following a stroke. The study was qualit...

NHS safety agency issues guidance on naso-gastric tubes.

Journal Article
Mahoney, C. M., Rowat, A. M. & Dennis, M. S. (2004)
NHS safety agency issues guidance on naso-gastric tubes. BMJ British medical journal. 330, 438. doi:10.1136/bmj.330.7489.438. ISSN 1468-5833
The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) advice on reducing the harm caused by nasogastric tubes1 is limited by poor quality studies which comprise case studies, small prospe...

An Investigation into Maintaining Naso-gastric Feeding for Stroke Patients: A Mixed Methods Design.

Thesis
Mahoney, C. M. An Investigation into Maintaining Naso-gastric Feeding for Stroke Patients: A Mixed Methods Design. (Thesis)
Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2744
Background Dysphagia is common after stroke, so feeding through a naso-gastric (NG) tube may be necessary. NG tubes are frequently dislodged, potentially causing feed or fluid...

Investigating the contribution of community nurses to anticipatory care: a qualitative exploratory study

Journal Article
Kennedy, C., Harbison, J., Mahoney, C. M., Jarvis, A., & Veitch, L. (2011)
Investigating the contribution of community nurses to anticipatory care: a qualitative exploratory study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67, 1558-1567. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05589.x
Aims.  To investigate how one aspect of anticipatory care is understood and delivered in practice. ‘Anticipatory care’ in this context can be understood as proactive care, whi...

Nasogastric feeding for stroke patients: practice and education.

Journal Article
Mahoney, C. M., Rowat, A. M., Macmillan, M., & Dennis, M. S. (2015)
Nasogastric feeding for stroke patients: practice and education. British Journal of Nursing, 24, 319-325. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2015.24.6.319
Background and aims: Dysphagia is common after stroke, so feeding through a nasogastric (NG) tube may be necessary. These tubes are frequently dislodged, causing interruption ...

Feasibility and Acceptability of Using Tracking Devices to Monitor Nurses Health

Presentation / Conference
Mahoney, C. (2017, March)
Feasibility and Acceptability of Using Tracking Devices to Monitor Nurses Health. Presented at Nurses Lives Research Seminar, Edinburgh

Development and implementation of naso-gastric feeding competency.

Other
Mahoney, C. (2012)
Development and implementation of naso-gastric feeding competency. Edinburgh, NHS Lothian

Nurses’ views on the impact of mass media on the public perception of nursing and nurse–service user interactions

Journal Article
Hoyle, L. P., Kyle, R., & Mahoney, C. (2017)
Nurses’ views on the impact of mass media on the public perception of nursing and nurse–service user interactions. Journal of Research in Nursing, 22(8), 586-596. https://doi.org/10.1177/1744987117736363
Aims: To examine nurses’ views on the impact that mass media has on service users and how this affects nurse/service user interactions. Background: Internationally, the mass m...

Interventions for maintaining nasogastric feeding after stroke: An integrative review of effectiveness and acceptability

Journal Article
Mahoney, C., & Veitch, L. (2017)
Interventions for maintaining nasogastric feeding after stroke: An integrative review of effectiveness and acceptability. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(3-4), e427-e436. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.14013
Aims and objectives To investigate the effectiveness and acceptability of interventions for maintaining nasogastric tubes (NGT) in adult stroke patients. Background Internatio...

Curriculum Development Informed by Comprehensive Educational Evaluation; experiences of the School of Health & Social Care.

Presentation / Conference
Mahoney, C. (2017, February)
Curriculum Development Informed by Comprehensive Educational Evaluation; experiences of the School of Health & Social Care. Presented at Teaching Fellow Conference
Background – The Bachelor of Nursing programme at Edinburgh Napier University was reviewed and a new programme of education commenced in September 2016. All preregistration nu...

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