Sheila Rodgers (PhD, MSc by Research, BSc (Hons), RN)

Senior Lecturer, Nursing Studies, School of Health, University of Edinburgh, Hon. Nurse Consultant in Critical Care, NHS Lothian


I graduated in nursing from Leeds and later with a Master's degree in nursing research from Manchester and PhD from Edinburgh.  I have a broad range of clinical experience having worked as a Charge Nurse in Care of the Elderly, General Medicine and Haematology, and High Dependency Surgery before joining the University of Edinburgh. I continue my links with clinical practice through my role as Honorary Research Consultant Nurse in Critical Care with NHS Lothian. 

Main areas of professional/academic interest

My  background is in Acute Care with an emphasis on the care of Older people. My clinical area is critical care and I worked mostly in level 2 / high dependency areas.

I have a strong interest in evidence-based practice and the links between research and practice. My main methodological expertise is in quantitative approaches and complex interventions.

Positions held (Fellowships, Chairs, etc)  Senior Lecturer, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh / Hon. Nurse Consultant in Critical Care, NHS Lothian


PhD, MSc by Research, BSc (Hons), RN

Responsibilities & affiliations

Scottish Critical Care Interdisciplinary Research Group - member

Applied Ageing Research Network – Steering Group Member

Ageing Research Network - member

Undergraduate teaching

Honours Option – Critical Appraisal of Practice


Postgraduate teaching

Health Research workshops (MSc)

Designing Research (MSc)

Conducting Research (MSc)


Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Delirium, Critical Care, Older people in acute care, Peri-operative Care,  Sleep in critical care, Organisation of Care, Research-based practice, Workforce, Quantitative approaches, Complex Interventions, Clinical Academic Careers.



Current PhD students supervised


Research summary

Research utilisation and evidence-based practice in the Health Services has been a long standing interest and was the subject of my doctoral work. I am particularly interested in the relationship between organisational culture (including management practices and leadership) and clinical practice and also about what impact evidence-based practice has on patient process and clinical outcomes. I was the University lead for a project on Clinical Academic Research Careers (CARC) in Critical Care which was run jointly with NHS Lothian. A core theme of the CARC project is rehabilitation following intensive care. Recent research has been looking at postoperative delirium in high dependency patients. A new study looking at Surviorship after critical care is just beginning and a further study looking at sleep and delirium for level 2 critical care patients is planned.  A project to explore the expereinces of men and their families living  with home ventilation was  conducted in Scotland. A  study looking at the impact of live interactive music on people living with dementia has recently been completed. 

I also have an interest is nursing workforce research and in particular around recruitment and retention of both students and of registered nurses. 

Current project grants

Survivorship after critical illness? An integrated systematic literature review, 01/04/18- 31/10/19,£5254, Kean S., Rodgers S., Chief Scientist Office

Past project grants

Literature review study: Student Recruitment and Retention intiatives for pre-Registration Nursing and Midwifery Programmes in HEI's in Scotland
Rodgers, S. & McCreaddie, M.23/02/09 - 30/07/10, £9,385, UK central government bodies/local authorities, health and hospital authorities.

Main Project costing: Student Recruitment and Retention, Rodgers, S. & McCreaddie, M., £32,886.00, UK central government bodies/local authorities, health and hospital authorities

Pilot trail of interactive music programme for individuals living with dementia,Rodgers, S.,1/07/16 - 28/02/17, £1,858, UK central government bodies/local authorities, health and hospital authorities

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