Dr Kirstin James Stuart joined the School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, in April, 2018. She is Programme Lead and Lecturer for the MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) degree programme. Kirstin is an active researcher and an HCPC Registered Occupational Therapist. She continues to research and to work clinically in an Emergency Department and as an Associate and Expert Witness, in addition to her Lecturer role. Before joining Napier University, Kirstin was part of the team at University of the West of Scotland, as a Lecturer with the transformational BA (Hons) Degree 'Integrated Health and Social Care'.
Kirstin’s interests in education are the preparedness of students for working in the complexity of current Health and Social Care structures; reflexive teaching; transformative education and asset-based, student-centred learning.
Previously, Kirstin was a Researcher for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) research team, working on the research project “Detection and management of pain in patients with dementia in acute care settings: development of a decision tool”. She also worked as the Falls Co-ordinator for Edinburgh City, a public health role with NHS Lothian.
Kirstin is an active qualitative researcher with specialist knowledge of phenomenological and ethnographic approaches. Her background is in Integrated Health and Social Care; the care of frail, older people within Acute, Urgent and Emergency Care; Emergency response; falls and fracture prevention and the value of meaningful, purposeful activity to well-being in hospital and care home environments.
Kirstin led a collaborative research project with NHS Forth Valley ending in 2017. The research was supported by a ‘Catalysts for Change’ grant from the Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland. The research study was called 'Our Visit' and is investigating how people with dementia might be supported by family care givers to engage in meaningful activity when in hospital.
Kirstin also researched housing provision for people living with dementia in Scotland. The report " Being Home: Housing and Dementia in Scotland" contributes to understanding and planning the future housing needs for people living with dementia.
Kirstin has carried out ethnographic field studies on hospital wards, gaining insight into the experiences of people with dementia through non-participant observation and informal interaction. Furthermore, she has conducted multiple qualitative interviews with clinicians, managers and carers. She has experience of leading critical reviews, and has contributed to the NICE Guideline update “Mental well-being in over 65s: occupational therapy and physical activity interventions”. Kirstin is also proficient in statistical analysis methods, having a first degree in science.