Ruth Paterson

Ruth Paterson

Ruth Paterson



Ruth registered with the NMC as an adult nurse in 1992, lecturer in 2007 and non-medical prescriber in 2010. She completed a Master of Philosophy in Law and Ethics in Medicine at the University of Glasgow in 2000. She has recently completed her PhD which was a mixed methods study that developed and tested a theoretical model to predict medicines adherence in people with intellectual disabilities and diabetes.

Her clinical background is critical care, coronary care and acute medicine and has worked in the UK and USA. Whilst working as a senior nurse in Scotland she developed, implemented and evaluated an early warning scoring system to assist with recognition of the acutely ill patient. This led to the development of NEWS and national roll out of the instrument. During this time she also led the development of advanced clinical skills aiming to reduce waiting times in unscheduled care.

Since entering academia first on a part time basis alongside a clinical role, and full time since 2015, she has developed expertise and national recognition leading non-medical prescribing programmes and, more recently, advanced practice and post-graduate programmes.

As Programme Lead for one of the largest Advanced Practice Programmes in Scotland, she is a university representative on the South East Scotland Advanced Practice Academy.

She is chair of the Scottish Non-medical Prescribing Network and the university representative on the Scottish Non-medical Prescribing strategic leads group. In 2018 she was invited to be subject matter expert during the development of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards on pre-registration nursing and prescribing.

Her international links and Saltire scholarship provided nursing students, who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to travel, experience of student life abroad on a short term student exchange programme to the USA.

She has completed a number of externally funded research projects. One evaluated the national multi-method assessment in non-medical prescribing and informed the future delivery of the programme. Another evaluated the impact of inter professional education (medical students, pharmacy and non-medical prescribing students) on self-efficacy and readiness for inter-professional learning . These externally funded grants, research and publications have had an impact on the delivery of non-medical prescribing education and student support in practice locally and nationally.


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council, London, England
  • Polypharmacy, Scottish Government, NHS Scotland
  • NHS Scotland
  • Department of Health, London, England
  • Working Party, Quality Improvement Scotland
  • Royal College of Physicians, London, England


Conference Activity

  • The frequency and factors associated with medicines adherence in people with intellectual diabilities and diabetes
  • Oral presentation, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, (IASSIDD) accepted (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 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
  • Society of Acute Medicine, London, England
  • Member of organising committee – National Non-medical prescribing conference – Scottish Government May 2016


Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board Member, Nurse Prescribing


External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner, Unversity College Cork
  • Specialist Expert, Validation panel, Dundee University
  • External Examiner, University of Huddersfield
  • External Examiner, University of Stirling
  • External reviewer, University of Southampton, England
  • External reviewer, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland


Fellowships and Awards

  • Saltire Scholarship, University of West Florida, USA
  • Santander Scholarship, University of West Florida and Robert Morris University, USA
  • Prize for Best Poster. Swallow Screening. National Stroke Forum, Harrogate


Invited Speaker

  • Euroheart Care, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Presentation to board at Robert Morris University, USA
  • Invited speaker - Lothian Non-medical Prescribing Conference Edinburgh Prescribing and Continuing Professional Development
  • Invited speaker - Meeting CPD needs of non-medical prescribers and writing for publication NMAHP National non-medical prescribing conference
  • Invited speaker – Medicines adherence in Hepatitis C. ABBVIE Nurses forum
  • Oral presentation – Inter-professional competency assessment – non-medical prescribingEnhancing Nursing Through Educational Research
  • Invited speaker: for Lothian non-medical prescribing conference Continuing professional development prescribing and revalidation


Membership of Professional Body

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


Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • MSc external supervision, University of Edinburgh
  • MSc by research dissertation supervision , Queen Margaret University