Louise Hoyle

Louise Hoyle

Dr Louise Hoyle Ph.D, MSc, BNurs(Hons), RN, PGcertTLHE, SFHEA



I am a Lecturer of Nursing at Edinburgh Napier University. I have a nursing degree with Honours from the University of Liverpool, which allowed me to qualify as a registered Adult Nurse in 2004. Post qualifying, I have practiced as a registered nurse within emergency medicine. I returned to academia in 2007 and undertook two MSc’s – one in applied social research and one in criminology before going on to complete a PhD at The University of Stirling in 2011. My research interests include: the working conditions of nurses, the nursing workforce, street-level bureaucracy, nurse’s use of discretion and health reporting in the media. I have methodological expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods, using a range of research designs including: thematic qualitative analysis secondary analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data and media analysis. I currently lead the ‘Bullying and Workplace Violence’ work-stream of the Nurses’ Lives Research Programme in the School of Health & Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University. The Nurses' Lives Research Programme does research to better understand nurses' health and careers. I have completed a postgraduate certificate in teaching learning in higher education and I am a recognised teacher with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am involved in research-led teaching delivered across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at home and internationally, specifically around research methods/evidence-based practice, clinical research, academic argument/writing, clinical skills and health & social care integration.



Conference Activity

  • BSA Medical Sociology conference (Chester) September 2011. ‘The impact of New Public Management approaches on working relationships within and NHS hospital in Scotland’.
  • Social Policy Association Conference (Belfast) July 2015 ‘Who is to blame for the failure of the four hour Accident and Emergency treatment target? Newspaper representations of policy actors.
  • International Conference on Workplace Violence in the Health Sector (Amsterdam) October 2008. ‘UK nurses' perceptions of violence: A case study within an A&E department’.
  • Dramatic Effect: enhancing nurse education through performance
  • Smoking Cessation Conference (NHS) November 2016 ‘Smoking prevalence among healthcare professionals in Scotland’.
  • EU conference consortium U!REKA November 2016 ‘Nurses health and the use of Polar activity devices
  • Enter Conference (Edinburgh) November 2016 ‘Assessing the acceptability and feasibility of POLAR® activity devices to track nurse’s health’.



  • Peer Reviewer- Journal of Research in Nursing
  • Peer reviewer - Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
  • Peer reviewer - Social Policy & Society
  • Peer reviewer - Journal of Clinical Nursing
  • Peer Reviewer - Journal of Advanced Nursing


Fellowships and Awards

  • Senior Teaching Fellow - HEA


Grant Reviewer

  • Funding Reviewer - Newton Fund (British Council)


Invited Speaker

  • Parliamentary Reception Presentation (Scottish Government) April 2013 ‘Clinical Competencies in Social Care’.


Current Post Grad projects