Leah Macaden, Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy


  • Centre for Health Science Old Perth Rd Inverness IV2 3JH

    United Kingdom

  • 52 Citations
  • 5 h-Index

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Personal profile

Research expertise

  • Dementia
  • Health and Ethnicity
  • Global Health including Non Communicable Diseases
  • Sensory and Cognitive Impairments in Older adults
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum Development
  • Nursing Education including Continuing Professional Development
  • Methodological expertise with Qualitative research


PhD Supervision

  1. Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) in Tayside, Scotland, among people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes treated with insulin (Student completed in 2016).
  2. Operational Research on Uptake of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) for Low Birth Weight (LBW) Infants along a Facility-Community Continuum in a selected Sub District of Northern Karnataka, India (October, 2016) – University of Stirling International Impact Fellowship.
  3. Facilitating and evaluating the impacts of technology -enabled specialist diabetes service delivery to care homes, Scotland (October, 2016) –  European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) PhD Fellowship, University of  the Highlands & Islands.
  4. Technology Enabled Dementia Education and Support (TEDES) for Health Care Professionals in Rural Scotland (April 2017) – ESIF Collaborative PhD Studentship, University of Edinburgh & University of the Highlands & Islands.
  5. How might the deployment of Digital Technologies improve mental health and reduce inequalities for young people in the Highlands and Islands Region? (2018) ESIF PhD Studentship, University of the Highlands & Islands.
  6. Bringing the Virtual into Reality: Immersive Virtual Environment Technology and Wellbeing for People Living with Dementia in Rural Settings: An Action Research Project (April 2018), City - Region Deal PhD Studentship, University of the Highlands & Islands.

Teaching expertise

  • Adult Nursing inclusive of all specialities
  • Care of Older adults
  • Dementia
  • Health & Wellbeing.
  • Pedagogy; Curriculum and Programme Development
  • Knowledge Exchange within international contexts.
  • Internationalisation
  • Research Methodology
  • Leadership & Management
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Nursing Education

Academic Qualifications

BSc (Nursing) - 1987: College of Nursing, Christian Medical College, Vellore

University of Madras, India.

MSc (Medical-Surgical Nursing) - 1995:College of Nursing, Christian Medical College, Vellore

The Tamilnadu Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai, India.

PhD (March 2009) - School of Health, Community and Education studies - Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (Jan 2016).


Services expertise

  • Curriculum and Programme Development
  • Academic Consultancy for Project Evaluations
  • Consultancy on Nurse Education in Low and middle Income Countries
  • Research Consultancy in Low and middle Income Countries
  • Developing Dementia Training Programmes for Practitioners
  • Academic Partnerships with the Third Sector

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Nursing Science

Bachelor of Nursing

External positions

Member of the Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of Continuing Nursing Education

Dec 2016 → …

PhD Examiner - Board of Examiners

2016 → …

External Examiner, BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice (Oman)

Jun 2015 → …

Panel Member for Subject Health Review of Adult Health, University of the West of Scotland

May 2015 → …

Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health

Jun 2013 → …

Reviewer for the Journal of Advanced Nursing

Aug 2011 → …

Reviewer for the Journal of Cinical Nursing

Oct 2007 → …

Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Older People Nursing

Dec 2005 → …

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Research Output

  • 52 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 20 Article
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis (not awarded by UHI)

A qualitative exploration of the experiences of community dwelling older adults with sensory impairment/s receiving poly pharmacy on their pharmaceutical care journey

Smith, A., Macaden, L., Kroll, TH., Alhusein, N., Taylor, A., Killick, K., Stoddart, K. & Watson, M., 7 Aug 2019, In : Age and ageing. afz092, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    12 Downloads (Pure)

    Continuing Professional Development: Needs, Facilitators and Barriers of Registered Nurses in India in Rural and Remote Settings: Findings from a Cross Sectional Survey

    Macaden, L., Washington, M., Smith, A., Thooya, V., Selvam, S., George, N. & Mony, P., 30 Aug 2017, In : Open Journal of Nursing. 7, p. 930-948 ojn.2017.78069.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Revealing student nurses' perceptions of human dignity through curriculum co-design

    Macaden, L., 2017, In : Social Science & Medicine. 174, p. 1-8 8 p.

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    Alumnus of the Scottish Crucible

    Leah Macaden (Recipient), Jun 2013

    Prize: Other distinction

    Churchill Fellow 2019

    Leah Macaden (Recipient), 11 Feb 2019

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Dr Mary Sulakshini Immanuel Award

    Leah Macaden (Recipient), Feb 2011

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Pauline King Prize for the Best Student in Research & Dissertation

    Leah Macaden (Recipient), Apr 2005

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Post Graduate Research Scholarship

    Leah Macaden (Recipient), 1 Sep 2003

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)