Kirstin James

kirstin james

Dr Kirstin James BSc (Hons), DipOT LHMC, PGCert BIR, PGCet TLHE, ProfD

Programme Lead MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

Biography

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.

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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member of the College of Occupational Therapists Education Directors Sub Group on Advanced Practice
  • Member of the College of Occupational Therapists Education Directors
  • Associate and Expert Witness, Case Management Services Ltd

 

Conference Activity

  • Presentation: Development of an Integrated Curriculum for Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Social Work Students in Scotland. Hislop, Jane; MacDonald, Donnie; Yates, Peter; James, Kirstin; McLelland, Colin; Hillen, Peter; Goetzold, Susanne; McKay, Elizabeth
  • Presentation: Integrating Education For Allied Health Professionals and Social Work to Meet the Health and Social Care Needs for Tomorrow's Scottish Population. McKay, Elizabeth Anne ; James, Kirstin; Hislop, Jane; MacDonald, Donald; Yates, Peter
  • Presentation: Making Integrated Health and Social Care Education a Reality: A Scottish Example. McKay, Elizabeth; James, Kirstin; Macdonald, Donald; Hislop, Jane; Yates, Peter
  • Presentation: Queens Nursing Institute Scotland Conference. Who are the change makers? Our Visit. Exploring Visiting Times as a Way to Enhance Meaningful Activity Participation: A Collaborative Research Project. James, Kirstin, Sneddon, Barry
  • Presentation: British Society of Gerontologists Conference. Do Not Go Gently. Our Visit. Exploring Visiting Times as a Way to Enhance Meaningful Activity Participation: A Collaborative Research Project. James, Kirstin; Sneddon, Barry
  • Symposium: Collaboration, University of Maastricht. Gerontology and Gerontologists Conference in Dublin, 2016. Pain Management and Dementia. James, Kirstin
  • Presentation: National Conference and Graduation Event for Dementia Champions and Dementia Specialist Improvement Leaders, Edinburgh. Detection and Management of Pain for People with Dementia in Acute Hospital Settings: Development of a Decision Support Tool. End of Project Summary. Allcock, Nick; James, Kirstin; Lichtner, Valentina
  • Presentation: Scottish Pain Research Community, Annual Scientific Meeting, Dundee. The Detection and Management of Pain in Patients with Dementia in Acute-Care Settings: Development of a Decision Support Tool. James, Kirstin; Allcock, Nick
  • Presentation: British Pain Society, Annual Scientific Meeting, Glasgow Occupational Enrichment: a Role for Occupation in Pain Recognition, Assessment and Management for People with Dementia in Hospital Settings. James, Kirstin; Allock, Nick; Lichtner, Valentina
  • Presentation: International Association for Integrated Care, Edinburgh. An Integrated Emergency Care Pathway for Falls. James, Kirstin
  • Presentation: World Federation of Occupational Therapists’ Congress, Yokohama, Japan. An Exploration of the Lived Experience of Occupational Therapists in Accident and Emergency Departments in Scotland –All of Life is Here. James, Kirstin
  • Presentation: Scottish Pain Research Community, Annual Scientific Meeting, Dundee. The Detection and Management of Pain in Patients with Dementia in Acute-Care Settings: Development of a Decision Support Tool. James, Kirstin; Allcock, Nick

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner, Teesside University, BSc and MSc degrees, Occupational Therapy

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • AHP Fellowship, NHS Education Scotland

 

Media Activity

  • Edinburgh Napier University | SHSC | MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists
  • HCPC Registered Occupational Therapist

 

Reviewing

  • Evidence Review: NICE Guideline PH 16: Mental Wellbeing in Over 65s: Occupational Therapy and Physical Activity Interventions.
  • Peer Reviewer: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Peer Reviewer: The Dementia Journal

 

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Integrating education for Allied Health Professionals and Social Work to meet the health and social care needs for tomorrow's Scottish population

Presentation / Conference
Anne McKay, E., James, K., Hislop, J., MacDonald, D., & Yates, P. (2019, July)
Integrating education for Allied Health Professionals and Social Work to meet the health and social care needs for tomorrow's Scottish population. Poster presented at Occupational Therapy Australia 28th Conference & Exhibition
Introduction: Integration of health and social care services in Scotland has been described as being the most significant change to health and social care provision since 1948...

Development of an Integrated Curriculum for Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Social Work Students in Scotland

Presentation / Conference
Hislop, J., MacDonald, D., Yates, P., James, K., McLelland, C., Hillen, P., …McKay, E. (2019, May)
Development of an Integrated Curriculum for Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Social Work Students in Scotland. Poster presented at World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Geneva, Switzerland
Background: The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act (2014) came into effect in April 2016 bringing in integration of adult health and social care services in Scotland...

Making Integrated Health and Social Care Education a Reality: A Scottish Example

Presentation / Conference
McKay, E., James, K., Macdonald, D., Hislop, J., & Yates, P. (2018, October)
Making Integrated Health and Social Care Education a Reality: A Scottish Example. Paper presented at 24th ENOTHE Annual Meeting 2018
Integration of health and social care services in Scotland has been described as being the most significant change to health and social care provision since 1948 (Scottish Gov...

Our Visit

Report
James, K., Sneddon, B., Brown, M., & Tolson, D. (2017)
Our Visit. Queens Nursing Institute Scotland
The QNIS study explored hospital visiting time for people with dementia from the perspective of professional care givers. This was important because older people with dementia...

Being Home: Housing and Dementia in Scotland

Report
James, K. (2017)
Being Home: Housing and Dementia in Scotland. Life Changes Trust
This report has identified the important role suitable housing plays in the life of the person affected by dementia, including family, friends, neighbours and practitioners. F...

Towards improved decision support in the assessment and management of pain for people with dementia in hospital: a systematic meta-review and observational study

Journal Article
Closs, S. J., Dowding, D., Allcock, N., Hulme, C., Keady, J., Sampson, E. L., …Lichtner, V. (2016)
Towards improved decision support in the assessment and management of pain for people with dementia in hospital: a systematic meta-review and observational study. Health Services and Delivery Research, 4(30), 1-162. https://doi.org/10.3310/hsdr04300
Background Pain and dementia are common in older people, and impaired cognitive abilities make it difficult for them to communicate their pain. Pain, if poorly managed, impai...

The assessment and management of pain in patients with dementia in hospital settings: a multi-case exploratory study from a decision making perspective

Journal Article
Lichtner, V., Dowding, D., Allcock, N., Keady, J., Sampson, E. L., Briggs, M., …Closs, S. J. (2016)
The assessment and management of pain in patients with dementia in hospital settings: a multi-case exploratory study from a decision making perspective. BMC Health Services Research, 16(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-016-1690-1
BACKGROUND: Pain is often poorly managed in people who have a dementia. Little is known about how this patient population is managed in hospital, with research to date focused...

Occupational therapy and emergency departments: A critical review of the literature

Journal Article
James, K., Jones, D., Kempenaar, L., Preston, J., & Kerr, S. (2016)
Occupational therapy and emergency departments: A critical review of the literature. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79(8), 459-466. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308022616629168
IntroductionOccupational therapy is emerging as a profession within the context of emergency care, specifically within emergency departments. Emerging professional practice sh...

Occupational therapists in Emergency Departments

Journal Article
James, K. (2016)
Occupational therapists in Emergency Departments. Emergency Medicine Journal, 33(6), 442-443. https://doi.org/10.1136/emermed-2015-205536
No abstract available.

Using sense-making theory to aid understanding of the recognition, assessment and management of pain in patients with dementia in acute hospital settings

Journal Article
Dowding, D., Lichtner, V., Allcock, N., Briggs, M., James, K., Keady, J., …José Closs, S. (2016)
Using sense-making theory to aid understanding of the recognition, assessment and management of pain in patients with dementia in acute hospital settings. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 53, 152-162. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.08.009
BACKGROUND: The recognition, assessment and management of pain in hospital settings is suboptimal, and is a particular challenge in patients with dementia. The existing proces...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Principal Investigator: James, K and Sneddon, B. ‘Our Visit’ Queens’ Nursing Institute Scotland: Catalysts for Change Grant £5000
  • Principal Investigator: Jose Closs Towards improved decision support in the assessment and management of pain for people with dementia in hospital: systematic meta-review and observational study NIHR £755,993.76. Research Assistant Scotland: Kirstin James