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), a qualitative study of Home Ventilation among patients and their family members (HAVEN study), a pilot study of counselling for patients and families after Intensive Care (including those bereaved: CONNECT study) and a mixed methods study of the reasons for early unplanned hospital readmission among survivors of critical illness. Ongoing work includes the development of a support needs questionnaire for ICU survivors. My 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. To date, it has been rolled out to 6 ICUs across Scotland.



Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Scottish Lead for AHP and Nurses Network for Critical Care Research in the UK.
  • James Lind Alliance/Intensive Care Society Research Priority Setting Group
  • Enhanced Recovery After Critical Illness (ERAC)
  • Edinburgh Critical Care Research Group
  • Scottish Critical Care Interdisciplinary Research Group


Editorial Activity

  • Expert reviewer, Nursing in Critical Care


Fellowships and Awards

  • shortlisted for a Scottish Digital Health and Care Award
  • named as a top 5 social enterprise in a Scotland-wide competition
  • Scottish NMAHP Research Award winner, 2017 (Impact category)
  • Principal's Research Excellence Award, Edinburgh Napier University (2017)
  • Clinical Academic Research Fellowship (Chief Nursing Office for Scotland)
  • Scottish NMAHP Awards, 2015: Runner-up (Innovation category)
  • Clinical Academic Research Fellowship (University of Edinburgh/NHS Lothian)
  • PhD studentship, Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research


Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of the Critical Care Doctoral European Nurses Group
  • European Federation of Critical Care Nurses
  • British Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council