Dr Kirstin Stuart James (ProfD, Bsc (Hons), Dip OT LHMC, PGCert TLHE, PGCert BIR, HEA Fellow, HCPC Registered Occupational Therapist)

Senior Academic Co-ordinator

  • Edinburgh Medical School
  • Medical Education

Contact details



Edinburgh Medical School: Medical Education
The University of Edinburgh
Chancellor’s Building
Edinburgh BioQuarter

Little France Crescent
Post code
EH16 4SB


I am Senior Academic Co-ordinator for the MSc Clinical Education. I contribute to the development of this innovative, post-graduate, education programme, while teaching, assessing, supervising, and supporting students undertaking the programme. Students enrol in the programme from a wide background of health and social care professions such as nurses, doctors, dentists, veterinarians, and allied health, including paramedics. 

I have worked professionally across health and social care for over 30 years both in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. I have been registered as an occupational therapist since 1992, and from 2012 I have worked as an academic and researcher in professional education and clinical research. 

My clinical expertise relates to people living with dementia, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurological diagnoses, and those at risk of falls and reduced bone health. I translate this knowledge to contribute to creative, effective, post-graduate education.

Prior to my role at University of Edinburgh, I was Foundational Programme Lead for the MSc (Pre-registration) Occupational Therapy at Edinburgh Napier University where I wrote, designed, and established the first new programme of occupational therapy education in Scotland for over 40 years. In addition to my role at University of Edinburgh, I can be found working in my 'blues' in a busy, local Emergency Department.


Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care, Glasgow Caledonian University.

Post-Graduate Diploma, Occupational Therapy, London Hopsital Medcial College.

BSC (Hons), Biological Science, Warwick University

PGCert, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of the West of Scotland.

PGCert, Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Queen Margaret University.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Higher Education Academy: Fellow

HCPC Registered Occupational Therapist

Member: Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Member: World Federation of Occupational Therapists

Postgraduate teaching

Senior Academic Co-ordinator

MSc Clinical Education

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

My research interests in education are in creative approaches to clinical education, use of the arts within the curriculum to support student experience and well-being, and digital education. In clinical practice my research interests are in Urgent and Emergency Care, and the pain experience for people living with dementia.

Current research interests

Creative approaches to clinical education. Occupational therapy interventions in Emergency Departments.

Past research interests

Please see my ORCID profile

Affiliated research centres

Conference details

The future of sight-loss education in occupational therapy: a qualitative study Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2021-06-01 | conference-poster 

Integrating education for Allied Health Professionals and Social Work to meet the health and social care needs for tomorrow's Scottish population Occupational Therapy Australia 28th Conference & Exhibition 2019-07-01 | conference-paper

Development of an Integrated Curriculum for Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Social Work Students in Scotland World Confederation for Physical Therapy 2019-05-01 | conference-paper

Embedding a culture of kindness in the University curriculum Learning 2019-01-06 | other

Making integrated Health and Social Care education a reality: A Scottish example 24th ENOTHE Annual Meeting 2018-09-01 | conference-paper

Emergency departments and occupational therapy: integration, unscheduled care and over-crowdingInternational Journal of Integrated Care 2017-07-01 | conference-paper

Exploring visiting times as a way to enhance meaningful activity participation: A collaborative research project 2017-06-01 | conference-paper

Promoting excellence in dementia care and support National Conference 2016-01-01 | conference-paper 2016 

Occupational enrichment: a role for occupation in pain recognition, assessment and management for people with dementia in hospital settings British Pain Society Annual Scientific meeting 2015-04-01 | conference-paper

The detection and management of pain in patients with dementia in acute-care settings: development of a decision support tool 2015-03-27 | conference-paper

An exploration of the lived experience of occupational therapists in Accident and Emergency Departments in Scotland – All of life is here 16th International Conference of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists 2014-06-01 | conference-paper

The detection and mangement of pain in patients with dementia in acute care settings: development of a decision support tool SPaRC Conference 2014-03-01 | conference-paper 

Occupational therapists lived experiences of working in accident and Emergency Departments in Scotland Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2013-06-01 | conference-paper

Occupational therapists' lived experiences of working in Accident And Emergency Departments In Scotland Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2012-06-01 | conference-paper

Screening by occupational therapists: A Pro-Active screening audit NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, Edinburgh 2010-06-01 | conference-poster

Invited speaker

West Virginia University: Morgantown, West Virginia, US2021-04-01 to 2021-04-01 | Invited Speaker (Occupational Therapy)

Glasgow Caledonian University: Glasgow, Glasgow, GB

2021-03-01 to 2021-03-01 | Invited Speaker (Occupational Therapy Society



Universiteit Maastricht: Maastricht, Limburg, NL2016-06-01 to 2016-06-01 | Conference Symposium Organiser: Collaboration, University of Maastricht. Gerontology and Gerontologists Conference in Dublin, 2016. Pain Management and Dementia. (Education)

In the press

Royal College of Occupational Therapists Ltd: London, London, GB

2021-09-01 to present | OTNews Editorial Advisory Group – Volunteer Member Representative for Scotland (OTNews Publication)