Heather Bain, EdD, FQNIS, FHEA, PGCert, HELT, BA, DipDN, RGN


  • UHI Institute of Health Research and Innovation, Centre for Health Science, Old Perth Road,

    IV2 3JH Inverness

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile

Research Expertise

I am an experience academic with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and now at the University of Highlands and Islands, Inverness.

In my experience in higher education I have a breadth of experience having had roles as lecturer, course leader, programme leader, and CPD lead, and being within the senior leadership team of Schools. I have worked locally and nationally particularly focussing on prescribing, community nursing and more recently the future nurse and paramedic. During this period in education I have had two secondment opportunities, one with NHS Education Scotland and the other the Nursing and Midwifery Council. I have extensive experience in the QA of education being a Mott Macdonald visitor for the NMC and having been an external panel member for many institutions. In conclusion I have a strong professional background with a Doctorate focused in Education from The University of Stirling.

Academic responsibilities in UHI:

To support the Head of Department to provide effective and supportive leadership in all academic matters within the Department of Nursing and Midwifery.

Academic responsibilities outwith UHI:

External Examiner; Visitor for the Nursing and Midwifery Council; Chair of Scottish Network of Community Nurse Educators; Coach for Council of Deans Leadership Programme; PHd supervision for Robert Gordon University; Member of Editorial Advisory Board for Primary Health Care Journal; Council of Deans member; North of Scotland Advanced Practice Academy member, Co-chair of the planning committee for the ICN international advanced practice conference 2024

Research Interests

Prescribing by healthcare professionals; education; advanced practice; community nursing; public health; palliative care; advanced practice; practice teaching; long term conditions; clinical decision making; leadership; policy and professional regulation.
Teaching and Learning    Wide experience of learning and teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with a particular focus on advanced practice, community nursing, leadership and prescribing.

Academic Qualifications

2006 - 2015                  Doctorate of Education, Stirling University

2003 - 2005                  PgCert Higher Education Learning and Teaching, Robert Gordon University

2001 - 2003                  NEBSM Certificate in Management, Grampian Primary Care Trust

1996 - 2000                  BA in Community Nursing, Robert Gordon University

1998                             Nurse Prescriber, Robert Gordon University

1998                             Supervisor of Supervised Practice (DN), Robert Gordon University

1989 - 1990                  Diploma in District Nursing, Robert Gordon Institute of Technology

1983 - 1986                  Registered General Nurse, Foresterhill College, Aberdeen

Professional / statutory body membership:

Fellow Higher Education Academy

Fellow Queen’s Nurse Institute Scotland

Member, Royal College of Nursing

Member, Association of District Nurse Educators

Member, National Network of Non Medical Prescribers

Member, Educational Institute Scotland

Services Expertise

  • Registered General Nurse
  • District Nurse
  • V100 prescriber
  • Registered Nurse Educator

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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