Global Health Academy

Professor Pam Smith

Pam Smith is Professorial Fellow, Nursing Studies and a Visiting Professor, King’s College London. She holds a PhD and MSc from London University and a BNurs from the University of Manchester. Following doctoral studies she spent a post-doctoral year with Professor Arlie Russell Hochschild at the University of California at Berkeley, developing the application of emotional labour to nursing.

Before joining Nursing Studies in 2009 she was General Nursing Council Trust Chair in Nurse Education and Director of the Centre for Research in Nursing and Midwifery Education, University of Surrey (2002-2008). She also held research leadership roles at London South Bank University and Bloomsbury (later Camden and Islington) Health Authority. During this time she set up strong research links between education, research and practice. In her earlier career Pam worked as a nurse and teacher in Tanzania, Mozambique and Britain and as a nurse researcher in Britain and the USA.

Pam is committed to translating research findings into evidence based practice through doctoral supervision, teaching and clinically based research.  She has completed research on issues including:

  • patient safety and health care professional education
  • the UK experiences of overseas trained nurses
  • primary care and health care reform



Pam’s current collaborative research projects include:

  • New Norms and Forms of Development: Brokerage in Maternal and Child Health Service Development and Delivery in Nepal and Malawi (May 2014-April 2016) (PI Professor Ian Harper, SSPS)
  • Delivering maternal and child healthcare: Transforming the education of clinical professionals in Malawi (May 2013-March 2016)   (PI Professor David Dewhurst, MVM)
  • Home Ventilation and Quality of Life: a qualitative exploration of the experiences of patients living with neuromuscular degenerative conditions and their family members (September 2015-August 2016) (PI Dr Pam Ramsay, MVM)
  • Understanding the Nature and Frequency of Avoidable Harm in Primary Care (PI: Professor Tony Avery, University of Nottingham)
  • Research capacity building in the nursing and midwifery workforce in sub-Saharan Africa with Professor Maureen Mackintosh and colleagues (Open University)



Pam has teaching responsibilities in the following areas:

  • Honours option in Caring and Emotional Work in Nursing,
  • Management of Transitions in Older People
  • Emotions and Professionalism
  • Online Masters’ sessions on the role of Emotional Labour in Person Centred Care


Pam is also involved with postgraduate supervision and has supervised over 20 PhD programmes including:

  • Dignity and the Child in Hospital;
  • Empowerment of People with HIV/AIDS;
  • Understanding  Empathy in the Nursing Care of Patients with Life-threatening Cancers;
  • Clinical Learning Experiences: Voices of Malawian Undergraduate Student Nurses;


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Professor Pam Smith

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0131 651 3921


Professor Pam Smith