Claire Kydonaki

claire kydonaki

Dr Claire Kydonaki



I am a Lecturer in Adult Nursing at Edinburgh Napier University. My role involves lecturing at undergraduate and supervising research degrees (Master’s & PhD). Within my role, I am a link lecturer at various acute clinical areas and personal tutor to a cohort of undergraduate students.
I have a significant research work and focus on clinical decision-making, and critical care research at postdoctoral level. Some of my recent achievement was to lead and coordinate the qualitative component of a mixed methods complex intervention study on quality improvement of sedation management in critical care with impact on improving current sedation care for the critically ill patients. I have also led and co-led on a number of research grants.
Prior to my current appointment, I was employed as a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, School of Health in Social Science, Nursing studies.
I have over 10 years of experience within the field of critical care nursing including bedside, and mentoring roles. My critical care experience includes working in a number of units in Greece and Scotland incorporating cardiothoracic, trauma and head injury specialty units, as well as medical and surgical intensive care units. Professional membership includes the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and the British Association of Critical Care Nurses.



Conference Activity

  • Huby G, Walsh T, Kean S, Kydonaki K (2010) Knowledge Transfer project: Co-ordinated, integrated and fit for purpose: holistic care for intensive care survivors in a single-condition environment?, aimed at raising awareness and networking with policy maker
  • ESRC International Networking & Training Opportunity for an interdisciplinary ICU summer school (PI: S Kean, Ramsay P, Kydonaki K (Co-I), Merriweather J & Lin F) (ESRC: RES – 810-21-0023; £39,960) – Co-organising/ delivering the summer school
  • UKCCRF, Co-chairing conference session.


Fellowships and Awards

  • Intensive and Critical Care Nursing Award for the 22nd ESICM conference, Vienna.
  • Scottish Intensive Care Society Nursing Award 2015
  • Travel grant BACCN for the10th WFSICCM Congress and 63rd ANIARTI Congress in Florence.


Invited Speaker

  • Symposium: “Developing and testing interventions to promote recovery and rehabilitation after critical illness” 6th European federation of Critical Care Nurses (EfCCNa)
  • Oral presentation: ‘Nurses’ clinical decision-making in mechanical ventilation and weaning: how to access nurses’ mind?’. RCN 2008 International Research Conference. Liverpool
  • Oral presentation: ‘Nurses’ decision-making from mechanical ventilation: results from a pilot study’. 3rd EfCCNa Congress and 27th Aniarti Congress. Florence, .
  • Oral presentation: Recovery from critical illness symposium: ‘Weaning from mechanical ventilation: a starting point to critically ill patients’ recovery’. RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference, Harrogate, 16-18 May 2011.
  • Oral presentation: ‘Observing the weaning of long-term ventilated patients: the approaches to weaning in a general ICU’.10th WFSICCM Congress and 63rd ANIARTI Congress. Florence
  • Oral presentation: “A pilot study exploring the sufficiency of methods to measure the impact of wireless respiratory monitoring (RESpeck) on post-operative patients”. RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference
  • Oral presentation: “Engaging clinicians in ICU research. An example from a QI study on sedation management (DESIST study)”. UK Critical Care Research Forum
  • Kean S & Kydonaki K (2011) (invited speaker) Families & ICU survivors’ experiences in and after intensive care, Hong Kong


Current Post Grad projects