Dr Kirstin James joined the School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, in April, 2018. She is Programme Lead and Lecturer for the MSc Pre-Registration Occupational Therapy programme. Kirstin is also an HPC Registered Occupational Therapist and continues to work clinically in an Emergency Department and as an Expert Witness, in addition to her Lecturer role.
Before joining the Edinburgh Napier University, Kirstin was part of the team at University of the West of Scotland, as a Lecturer on the BA (Hons) degree Integrated Health and Social Care. Prior to this she 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.
In addition to working clinically across the continuum of Health and Social Care, she 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”.