Pam Ramsay

Pam Ramsay

Dr Pam Ramsay

Research Fellow / Lecturer


I'm an Intensive Care nurse by background. I worked as a Research Co-ordinator in Intensive Care for several years, before completing my PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2010 (Quality of life following prolonged critical illness: a mixed methods study).I am predominantly a qualitative researcher, and also have expertise in mixed methods research. My research uses patient experience to help inform the re-design or development of interventions and support services for patients recovering from critical illness. Completed work includes: a process evaluation of the RECOVER trial (enhanced post-ICU rehabilitation); a longitudinal qualitative study of survivors’ support needs during the year after hospital discharge (RELINQUISH study), and a qualitative study of Home Ventilation among patients and their family members (HAVEN study). Ongoing research includes a pilot study of counselling for patients and families after Intensive Care (including those bereaved: CONNECT study) and the development of a support needs questionnaire for ICU survivors. Her current focus is on the development and implementation of a novel e-health resource, based predominantly on patient experience, and specifically designed to offer supported self-management: Originally developed in Edinburgh, the resource is readily “customisable” to other ICUs and geographical areas, and she has recently secured funding to roll it out in 10 ICUs across Scotland.



Fellowships and Awards

  • Clinical Academic Research Fellowship (University of Edinburgh/NHS Lothian)
  • Clinical Academic Research Fellowship (Chief Nursing Office for Scotland)
  • Scottish NMAHP Research Award winner, 2017 (Impact category)
  • Principal's Research Excellence Award, Edinburgh Napier University (2017)
  • Scottish NMAHP Awards, 2015: Runner-up (Innovation category)
  • PhD studentship, Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research


Membership of Professional Body

  • British Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • European Federation of Critical Care Nurses Federation
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • James Lind Alliance/Intensive Care Society Research Priority Setting Group
  • Edinburgh Critical Care Research Group
  • Enhanced Recovery After Critical Illness (ERAC)
  • Scottish Critical Care Interdisciplinary Research Group


Editorial Activity

  • Expert reviewer, Nursing in Critical Care