Ruth Paterson
Ruth Paterson

Ruth Paterson

Associate Professor

Biography

Since my appointment as associate professor in 2020, I have held three key leadership roles in the school: Head of Learning and Teaching, Head of Nursing and presently Interim Dean. In each of these roles I have consistently demonstrated excellence in leadership aligning my efforts with the strategic objectives of the university, namely, advancing knowledge, expanding networks, and building careers.

I have high levels of external and internal engagement in the areas of professional healthcare practice, health technology, medicines optimization and digital simulation. These are critical areas of workforce development, growth, and patient safety. National esteem is evidenced by development of the only National Early Warning Scoring system in the UK, and my programme of research in simulated practice learning and medicines optimization in people living with diabetes.

My external roles have included chair of the National Non-Medical Prescribing group, accountable officer for the national ‘once for all’ implementation of the 2020 nursing curriculum and subject matter expert for the review of the 2016 Nursing and Midwifery Council Prescribing Standards. I demonstrated my commitment to external engagement and fostered close working relationships with NHS Education for Scotland, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This resulted in a national approach to pharmacology in pre-registration nursing adopted by nursing programmes throughout Scotland.

Presently, I am Chair of the Innovation and Pedagogy Group at Council of Deans. The Council of Deans of Health is made up of 99 member universities in the UK engaged in education and research for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions along with 7 associate members. This strategic role entails direct involvement with Higher Education Institutes throughout the UK to foster excellence in university healthcare education, inform government policy and enhance research collaborations in the UK and beyond.
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My international impact on professional practice is evidenced through the breadth and depth of my publications focused on pharmacology, workforce development and medicines optimization. I have authored 35 articles in high impact and industry targeted journals. In 2023 I contributed to 2 seminal textbooks for nursing: Trounces Clinical Pharmacology (19th edition) where I served as specialist advisor and Alexanders nursing practice: hospital and home considered in the UK and internationally as the most comprehensive textbook on Adult Nursing. Between 2019 and 2024, I was project lead for Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters in Emergency and Critical Care, the only funded nursing programme under this scheme.

My research expertise is in digital simulation technology and medicines optimization and am currently Director of studies for 3 students in this area. I play a pivotal role in the paradigms research and policy project at Scottish government. As the Director of Studies for 2 fully funded PhD studentships, I oversee the development and testing of a groundbreaking medicines optimization data visualization tool for individuals with diabetes. This initiative aligns directly with the World Health Organisation’s medicines safety programme and the European Union SIMPATHY project. This project, led by Dr Alpana Mair is an esteemed international consortium of experts in polypharmacy and adherence, recognised with a prestigious 3* reference status.

My inclusive approach to academic leadership has been instrumental in empowering the team resulting in a consistently positive student experience whilst seeking innovative and student-centred solutions to complex academic challenges. I would be delighted to hear from collaborators in the areas of digital simulation, medicines optimization or health technology.

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Chair of Innovation and Pedagogy Group: Council of Deans
  • Council of Deans member
  • Advanced Practice Academy, South East Scotland
  • Expert Panelist, Prescribing: University of Dundee and Nursing and Midwifery Council, London, England
  • Polypharmacy, Scottish Government, NHS Scotland
  • NHS Scotland
  • Department of Health, London, England
  • Royal College of Physicians, London, England
  • Working Party, Quality Improvement Scotland

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • The frequency and factors associated with medicines adherence in people with intellectual diabilities and diabetes
  • Society of Acute Medicine, London, England
  • Member of organising committee – National Non-medical prescribing conference – Scottish Government May 2016

 

Editorial Activity

  • Reviewer Nurse Education in Practice
  • Alexanders Nursing Practice: Hospital and Home
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Prescribing Practiceg

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner: University of Sunderland
  • Expert Panelist: University of Dundee, Independent and Supplementary Prescribing, Institutional and Nursing and Midwifery Council approval
  • Specialist Expert, Validation panel, Dundee University
  • External Examiner, independent and supplementary prescribing, University College Cork
  • External Examiner, University of Huddersfield
  • External reviewer, University of Southampton, England
  • External Examiner, University of Stirling
  • External reviewer, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • DHI scholarship; Scholarship awarded from DHI to fund research in electronic prescribing in critical care
  • Winner Above and Beyond Awards: Best team: undergraduate module
  • Santander Scholarship, University of West Florida and Robert Morris University, USA
  • Saltire Scholarship, University of West Florida, USA
  • Prize for Best Poster. Swallow Screening. National Stroke Forum, Harrogate

 

Grant Funding Panel Member

  • research personal formularies in general practice to support safe effective and cost-effective prescribing’

 

Invited Speaker

  • Erasmus Mundus Masters in Emergency and Critical Care
  • Simulation in Nursing Education: The findings and the future.
  • Euroheart Care, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Medicines Adherence in People with Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disabilities
  • Presentation to board at Robert Morris University, USA
  • Oral presentation, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, (IASSIDD) accepted (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Invited speaker: for Lothian non-medical prescribing conference Continuing professional development prescribing and revalidation
  • Oral presentation - Non-medical prescribing – a qualitative evaluation of a nationally agreed multi method approach. NET 2014 – Conference for healthcare education
  • Oral presentation - Inter professional competency assessment – The experiences of nurses and designated medical practitioners (DMP) on the non-medical prescribing programme.NET 2014 – Conference for healthcare education
  • Invited speaker - Meeting CPD needs of non-medical prescribers and writing for publication NMAHP National non-medical prescribing conference
  • Oral presentation – Inter-professional competency assessment – non-medical prescribingEnhancing Nursing Through Educational Research
  • Invited speaker - Lothian Non-medical Prescribing Conference Edinburgh Prescribing and Continuing Professional Development
  • Invited speaker – Medicines adherence in Hepatitis C. ABBVIE Nurses forum

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (Adult nursing, lecturer and V300 prescriber)

 

Visiting Positions

  • Honorary Research Consultant; NHS Lothian Department of Pharmacy
  • Honorary Research Consultant, Department of theatre, critical care and anaesthetics, NHS Lothian.
  • Visiting Lecturer, Edinburgh University Medical School to foster inter-professional learning and prescribing practice.

 

Date


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Spanish nursing students' experiences of depression and anxiety: a comparative study during and after COVID-19 confinement

Presentation / Conference

Erasumus Mundus: Leading the programme in Scotland

Presentation / Conference
Part of the panel Participando como socio de un Programa de Máster Erasmus Mundus en Enfermería. This was a presentation to the University of Oviedo, Nursing and Health Facul...

Is virtual simulation as effective as clinical simulation: a mixed methods study comparing knowledge acquisition, self-efficacy, and cost effectiveness

Presentation / Conference
Paterson, R., Abady, G., & Whitehorn, J. (2022, October)
Is virtual simulation as effective as clinical simulation: a mixed methods study comparing knowledge acquisition, self-efficacy, and cost effectiveness. Paper presented at NETNEP 2022: 8th International Nurse Education Conference, Sitges, Spain

Adherence to COVID-19 preventive measures and associated factors in Ethiopia: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Journal Article
Gebreheat, G., Paterson, R., Mulugeta, H., & Teame, H. (2022)
Adherence to COVID-19 preventive measures and associated factors in Ethiopia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLOS ONE, 17(10), Article e0275320. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0275320
Background: Reluctance to the COVID-19 preventive measures have been repeatedly reported in Ethiopia although compliance with these actions is the key step to minimize the pan...

Effectiveness of Digital Simulation on Student Nurses’ Knowledge and Confidence:An Integrative Literature Review

Journal Article
Gebreheat, G., Whitehorn, L. J., & Paterson, R. E. (2022)
Effectiveness of Digital Simulation on Student Nurses’ Knowledge and Confidence:An Integrative Literature Review. Advances in Medical Education and Practice, 2022(13), 765-775. https://doi.org/10.2147/amep.s366495
Digital simulation is an emerging innovation with the potential to address the limitations to traditional clinical simulation. The pandemic has accelerated teaching on digital...

Trounce's Clinical Pharmacology for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals

Book
Page, C. P., Anand, R., DeWilde, S., Paterson, R., & Gardner, M. (2021)
Trounce's Clinical Pharmacology for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals. (19th). London: Elsevier
Since it was first published in 1958, Trounce’s Clinical Pharmacology has been the go-to resource for health professionals who prescribe as well as administer medications. Now...

Exploring the benefits of structured medication reviews for frail older patients in advanced clinical practice

Journal Article
Duffy, S., & Paterson, R. (2021)
Exploring the benefits of structured medication reviews for frail older patients in advanced clinical practice. British Journal of Nursing, 30(15), 894-898. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2021.30.15.894
Frailty in old age has become synonymous with medication use. As people age, the risk of disease burden increases. Older age is often linked with complex healthcare needs, wit...

A mixed-methods feasibility study to assess the acceptability and applicability of immersive virtual reality sepsis game as an adjunct to nursing education

Journal Article
Adhikari, R., Kydonaki, C., Lawrie, J., O'Reilly, M., Ballantyne, B., Whitehorn, J., & Paterson, R. (2021)
A mixed-methods feasibility study to assess the acceptability and applicability of immersive virtual reality sepsis game as an adjunct to nursing education. Nurse Education Today, 103, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2021.104944
Abstract Background: Virtual Reality (VR) simulation has been a topic of interest in recent years as an innovative strategy for healthcare education. Although there are a hand...

Characteristics of diabetes medication‐taking in people with mild to moderate intellectual disability compared to those without: a mixed‐methods study

Journal Article
Paterson, R., Taggart, L., Hoyle, L., & Brown, M. (2020)
Characteristics of diabetes medication‐taking in people with mild to moderate intellectual disability compared to those without: a mixed‐methods study. Diabetic Medicine, 37(12), 2035-2043. https://doi.org/10.1111/dme.14365
Aim To compare the frequency and factors associated with diabetes medication‐taking (depression, perceived side effects, self‐efficacy and social support) in people with mild ...

Prescribing to manage obesity

Journal Article
Paterson, R. (2020)
Prescribing to manage obesity. Journal of Prescribing Practice, 2(7), 376-377. https://doi.org/10.12968/jprp.2020.2.7.376
This month's roundup will focus on the latest evidence on management of obesity. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) obesity prevalence has tripled since 1975 and...

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Psychological Impact of COVID on European Nursing Students
  • MSc external supervision, University of Edinburgh; Hitting the “sweet spot”. A quasi-experimental study of an inter-professional prescribing masterclass featuring undergraduate medical students and non-medical graduate prescribing students.
  • MSc by research dissertation supervision , Continuing Professional Development needs for opioid prescribersQueen Margaret University