Pam Smith

Professorial Fellow

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Room 2.08
24 Buccleuch Place
School of Health in Social Science
The University of Edinburgh

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Currently a professorial Fellow in Nursing Studies, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh.

Background: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), King's College London; Master in Science, Royal Holloway (Formerly Bedford College), University of London; Bachelor of Nursing, University of Manchester; Postgraduate Certificate of Education, Garnett College, University of London; Registered nurse, district nurse and health visitor (University of Manchester).

Positions held: Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship (1993) Current: Professor of Nursing, South Bank University (1997-2001); Professor of Clinical Practice, University of Surrey, (2001-2002) General Nursing Council Chair of Nurse Education and Director, Centre for Research in Nursing and Midwifery Education, University of Surrey, (2002-2008), Professor of Nurse Education (seconded from the University of Surrey) University of Edinburgh (2009-2012), Head of Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh (2010-2013); Visiting Professor, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College, London; Honorary Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Maribor, Slovenia, Global Health Academy, University of Edinburgh, Affiliate, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Undergraduate teaching

Undergraduate and Masters’ teaching and supervision: older peoples’ care; Caring and Emotions in Nursing; Evidence and Research

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Emotions and care; primary care; international development

Current PhD students supervised

Taylor, Jillian, Project title: An ethnographic study: Professional emotion work as it relates to the protection of children Emotional Labour, child protection and support for Health Visitors Supervisor 60.00%, 1/02/14 → …

Lindy Hatfield: Project title: Comparing Registered Nurses’ Perceptions and Experiences of Personal and Professional Development in the UK and South Africa Doctoral Supervisor 30% 1/09/10 → 1/12/18 (submitted, awaiting viva)

Past PhD students supervised

PhD and MPhil supervision: Principal Supervisor 1992 to 2018: 24 successful PhD completions; 3 successful MPhil completions

Thesis topics include: The role of specialist nurses in the treatment of childhood asthma in Saudi Arabia; Continuing Professional Development of Nurses in Saudi Arabia; Dignity and the Child in Hospital; Evaluating the Enquiry Based Midwifery Curriculum; Antenatal Care in the European Union; Enquiry based learning in midwifery education; The Implementation Process of a Clinical Trial in Midwifery Practice; Empowerment of People with HIV/AIDS; A Systems Approach to Mental Health Education and Practice; The Role of non-governmental Organisations in the Municipalisation of Health Services in Brazil; Empathy and Patient Care; History of Learning Disabilities' Nursing; The Emotional Experiences of Patients in Hospital; Compassionate care; The voices of student nurses in Malawi.

Research summary

I am committed to translating research into evidence based practice through doctoral supervision, teaching and clinically based research. My top research priority is emotions and care and clinical and research capacity building of nurses in low and middle income countries.

Current research projects and grants:

Smith P, Kelly D, Holloway A and Rafferty AM (2018) Strengthening the future role of Executive Nurse Directors: A UK Study; The Royal College of Nursing (£24,500.00) January 1st 2019 (14 months)

Holloway A, Bray J, Conaglen P, Coulton S, Hunt K, Mercado S, Newbury-Birch D, Parker R, Sheik, A, Stenhouse R, Smith P NIHR-PH A two-arm parallel group individually randomised Prison Pilot study of a male Remand Alcohol Intervention for Self-efficacy Enhancement: the APPRAISE study. (£400,000) Dec 1st 2018 (28 months)

PhD and MPhil supervision: Principal Supervisor 1992 to 2018: 24 successful PhD completions;

Recent research projects and grants:

Avery T, Sheik A, Smith P et al Understanding the Nature and Frequency of Avoidable Harm in Primary Care. Policy Research Programme, Department of Health £349,793.00 (2015-2018)

Ramsay P, Bateman A, Smith P, Rodgers S, MacLaren J Home Ventilation and Quality of Life: a qualitative exploration of the experiences of patients living with neuromuscular degenerative conditions and their family members Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation £20,000 (September 2015-August 2016)

Research groups / centres involved in: Global Health Academy, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE); Centre for Creative Relational Inquiry (CCRI)

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In the press

The World as we Feel it: A network for academics with an interest in Emotions

Book: Allan H, Traynor M, Kelly D and Smith P (2016) Understanding Sociology in Nursing, London: Sage

Pam is the author of: The Emotional Labour of Nursing: How nurses care (1992: Palgrave Macmillan) The Emotional Labour of Nursing: How Nurses Care (1992: Palgrave Macmillan) & The Emotional Labour of Nursing Revisited: Can nurses still care? (2012: Palgrave Macmillan)

Peer reviewed articles:

MacLaren J, Smith P, Rodgers S, Bateman A, and Ramsay P (2018) A qualitative study of experiences of health and social care in home mechanical ventilation Nursing Open. Pp 1-10, Early online date 10 Nov DOI:10.1002/nop2.213

Cooper, J., Williams, H., Hibbert, P., Edwards, A., Asim Butt, M., Wood, F., Parry, G., Smith, P., Sheikh, A., Donaldson, L. & Carson-Stevens, A. 23 Apr 2018 Classification of patient-safety incidents in primary care In : Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 96, 7, p. 498-505 BLT.17.199802

Sharma, J., Adhikari, R., Smith, P. & Chand, O. 27 Mar 2018 New forms of development: Branding innovative ideas and bidding for foreign aid in the maternal and child health service in Nepal In : Globalization and Health. 14, 33, p. 1-12

Hogg, R., Hanley, J. & Smith, P. 25 Mar 2018 Learning lessons from the analysis of patient complaints relating to staff attitudes, behaviour and communication, using the concept of emotional labour In : Journal of Clinical Nursing. 27, 5-6, p. e1004-e1012

Nelson M, Kelly D, McAndrew R, Smith P (2017) ‘Just gripping my heart and squeezing.’ Naming and explaining the emotional experience of the bad news consultation in paediatric oncology. Patient Education & Counselling. (10.1016/j.pec.2017.03.028)