• Centre for Health Science
    Old Perth Rd
    IV2 3JH

    United Kingdom

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Research Interests

My interest in improvement science has been influenced by my diverse background in nursing and healthcare. Specifically, I am interested in improving outcomes and experiences of people engaging in health services. My PhD was examining the patient experience of hospital quality of care, which resulted in the development of the Care Experience Feedback Improvement Tool (CEFIT).  My current interests include what works, where, when and for whom -  which examines the important role of context for effective interventions.  As a nurse lecturer I am also interetsed in the most effective way of teaching nurses how to do quality improvement, designing curriculum and sharing and developing our pedogogical understanding. 

I have expertise and experience in conducting systematic reviews, and qualitative and quantitative research methods. 

Research Expertise

As a recognised expert in quality improvement, Dr Michelle Beattie has a high degree of collaborative involvement with other bodies. Of note:

  • She has an Honary contract with NHS Highland and is currently involved in training to become a LEAN leader. Previous work has included measurable improvement following service redesign in Drug and Alcohol Services. 
  • She is a member of Q at the Health Foundation.  Q aims to connect QI expertise across Scotland and the UK.  The aim is to create opportunities for people to come together as an improvement community – sharing ideas, enhancing skills and collaborating to make health and care better.
  • She has expertise and experience around ethics in relation to quality improvement and research and currently sits on the University of Highlands and Islands Research Committee.   She was invited and chaired the East of Scotland Research Ethics Service 8th Annual Conference, Crieff Hydro, May 20th 2016.  Invited Conference Chair. 
  • She is supervising 6 PhD students and been an external examiner for 4 PhDs.  She has supervised multiple QI and research Masters dissertations.
  • Research and knowledge exchange funding awarded as a Principal Investigator (PI) or co-investigator totalling £465,090 with £55,807 as a PI.
  • Published over 27 papers in peer reviewed journals. The majority of my papers are published in journals in the top quartile (Q1) of my field.  Current citation count is 602, with an h-index of 9 (the median h-index is 4 for assistant professors in nursing/senior lecturers*) and a Research Gate score of 17.34 (top 35%).
  • Delivered impactful implementation science which resulted in measurable improvements in NHS services and peoples’ lives. For example, an implementation science project in the Drug and Alcohol service at NHS Highland demonstrated measurable improvements in people awaiting drug treatment from an average of 56 to 21 days.1 There is evidence of lower mortality for timely access to treatment.
  • Leading a programme of research around Care Homes during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Including a collaborative partnership, PI on the Staff Experiences of the Covid-19 Pandemic Project and two further proposals.
  • Assistant Head of Research responsible for overseeing processes for 17 PhD students, currently developing proposals for 6 PhDs, and delivering our research vision via our Research Strategy.

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD Nursing, University of Stirling 2016
  • MSc Nursing Advanced Practice, University of Dundee 2009
  • BSc Hons Health and Social Care, Open University 2000
  • RN (A) Diploma Tayside School of Nursing and Midwifery 1996

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Health Science, Measuring the Patient Experience of Hospital Quality of Care, University of Stirling

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

External positions

Lean Leader in Training, NHS Highland

1 Nov 2016 → …


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