Jennifer Tocher

Senior Lecturer, Nursing Studies


Graduated from Nursing studies at the University of Edinburgh with a BSC(Hons) Nursing in 1992 (first honours cohort). Completed a PhD in Acute Pain Management in 2004 PhD Thesis title: Post Operative Pain in Patients Undergoing Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair: Satisfaction with and Expectations of Pain Management. 

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

My PhD supervision profile is strong with five successful completions, two submitted and awaiting viva and six current students. Two of these students have had scholarships to complete their studies. The first is a CARC studentship looking at the use of patient diaries in intensive care and the second is a Principal’s Teaching Award looking at ‘Releasing Time to Care’. All of the PhD projects that I am supervising have a direct link into my own areas of research expertise and are strengthening this profile.

Research summary

• Information on current (and past) research projects and grants. Co-I Innovation Fund

• PI- PTAS funded study on the impact of multidisciplinary SIM deteriorating patient teaching on a group of senior Nursing and Medical students.

• PI-CSO funded study on Drug Misuse and Pain Behaviours.

•  An Exploratory Study of Patients Suffering From Severe and Enduring Pain in Surgical Ward. Development Trust Research Fund

• PI- Medicines Management Service Evaluation. Joint project with NHS Lothian, QMU and Edinburgh Napier University.

• Small scale study into problem based learning in the nursing programme.

• I am involved in the Clinical Academic Research Careers (CARC) scheme which enables research within the critical care and transplant  areas of Lothian NHS. This given me an honorary consultant role in my clinical home enabling the fostering of grass roots research. This is to lead into several larger programmes of research in these key areas. I mentor a postdoctoral researcher as part of the CARC initiative.

• Co-I Measuring the impact of wireless respiratory monitoring in acutely ill patients – a pilot study Challenge Investment Fund