Ruth Paterson

Ruth Paterson

Ruth Paterson

Associate Professor

Biography

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, pharmacology and medicines optimisation.

She has led advanced practice and prescribing programmes to successful reapproval receiving commendations for her links with with professional practice and clinically focussed assessment . During 2019/20 Nursing and Midwifery Council reapproval events she was appointed as external expert panelist at events in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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. In 2019 she was appointed as accountable officer for pharmacology and prescribing preparedness at the future nurse board hosted by NHS Education for Scotland.


Her international work includes Saltire scholarships and Erasmus Mundus programme leadership, both of which provide nursing students and postgraduate students, who otherwise would not have the opportunity to travel, gain social, cultural and academic experience outwith their own country.

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 . She has received funding for innovative approaches to learning including development of an interactive Virtual Reality simulation on recognition of the deteriorating patient, which has be adapted for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. These externally funded grants, research and publications have had a positive impact on education and student support in practice locally, nationally and internationally.

Building on her expertise in pharmacology, adherence and prescribing she is working on a project in collaboration with Scottish Government and University of Lyon to develop, test and implement a real time adherence monitoring tool for community practice. She currently supervising post graduate research students in Electronic Prescribing and adherence research .

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

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

 

Conference 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

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Prescribing Practiceg

 

External Examining/Validations

  • Expert Panelist: University of Dundee, Independent and Supplementary Prescribing, Institutional and Nursing and Midwifery Council approval
  • External Examiner, independent and supplementary prescribing, University 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

  • DHI scholarship; Scholarship awarded from DHI to fund research in electronic prescribing in critical care
  • Winner Above and Beyond Awards: Best team: undergraduate module
  • 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
  • Medicines Adherence in People with Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disabilities
  • Oral presentation, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, (IASSIDD) accepted (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Presentation to board at Robert Morris University, USA
  • 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
  • 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 - 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

 

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

 

Date


15 results

National Early Warning Score (NEWS) Standardising the assessment of acute-illness severity in the NHS

Report
Royal College of Physicians, . (2012)
National Early Warning Score (NEWS) Standardising the assessment of acute-illness severity in the NHS. London: Royal College of Physicians
No abstract available.

Improvement in out-of-hours outcomes following the implementation of Hospital at Night

Journal Article
Beckett, D. J., Gordon, C. F., Paterson, R., Chalkley, S., Stewart, C., Jones, M. C., …Bell, D. (2009)
Improvement in out-of-hours outcomes following the implementation of Hospital at Night. QJM : monthly journal of the Association of Physicians, 102(8), 539-546. doi:10.1093/qjmed/hcp056
Background: Hospital at Night (H@N) is a Department of Health (England) driven programme being widely implemented across UK. It aims to redefine how medical cover is provided ...

Assessment of clinical risk in the out of hours hospital prior to the introduction of Hospital at Night

Journal Article
Beckett, D., Gordon, C., Paterson, R., Chalkley, S., Bell, D., & Macleod, D. (2009)
Assessment of clinical risk in the out of hours hospital prior to the introduction of Hospital at Night. Journal of Acute Medicine, 8(1), 33-40
Overnight medical cover in hospital is less than during daylight hours. We aimed to quantify the numbers of patients deteriorating overnight and their clinical outcome. Data w...

Experiences of older people in emergency care settings: IMOGEN LYONS and RUTH PATERSON discuss the results of a qualitative study into aspects of emergency care that are important to older people

Journal Article
Lyons, I. & Paterson, R. (2009)
Experiences of older people in emergency care settings: IMOGEN LYONS and RUTH PATERSON discuss the results of a qualitative study into aspects of emergency care that are important to older people. Emergency Nurse. 16(10), 26-31. doi:10.7748/en2009.03.16.10.26.c6851. ISSN 1354-5752
People over the age of 65 make up about 20 per cent of the population of Scotland (Wood and Bain 2001). They also account for 185,000 emergency hospital admissions a year acro...

Prediction of in-hospital mortality and length of stay using an early warning scoring system: clinical audit

Journal Article
Paterson, R., MacLeod, D., Thetford, D., Beattie, A., Graham, C., Lam, S., & Bell, D. (2006)
Prediction of in-hospital mortality and length of stay using an early warning scoring system: clinical audit. Clinical Medicine, 6(3), 281-284. https://doi.org/10.7861/clinmedicine.6-3-281
This aim of this study was to assess the impact of the introduction of a standardised early warning scoring system (SEWS) on physiological observations and patient outcomes in...

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • 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