The School series of Research Seminars for the autumn semester is well underway and last month a very engaging session was delivered by lecturer Jill Will.  Jill carried out a small study about care home residents keeping and updating their own records for her MSc project, and this was presented in the session.  She also introduced a new study she and others in the School will begin soon on staff resilience in the care home setting.  This study has received funding from NHS Grampian Endowments.  The care home sector is currently under researched and we feel it is an area in which more studies can be carried out to inform practice and enhance care.

Jill’s seminar is entitled ‘Research in the care home setting: Giving residents and staff a voice.’  It can be viewed by clicking here:

You can also see the programme of seminar’s for the remainder of the autumn session below:           

Research seminars Autumn 2017

All staff, students, and practice partners are welcome to attend and places can be booked by contacting Heather Nicolson by email:



Improving health & wellbeing of informal caregivers of people with bipolar disorder

School of Nursing and Midwifery
Robert Gordon University
Research Seminar

Dr Lee Boag

Improving health & wellbeing of informal caregivers of people with bipolar disorder

The seminar is now available to view by clicking this link:

If you would like to provide feedback on the presentation you are welcome to do so via Dr Audrey Stephen (


Research Seminars

The research team are running a series of Research Seminars, which is currently showcasing the Phd research of our most recently qualified doctors. The seminars aim to highlight research carried out by school staff and our external colleagues, with a focus on health and social care.

The winter – spring session kicked off in mid-December with Dr Steve Smith presenting his PhD study in a talk entitled ‘Solution Focus: What is it good for?’ He eloquently led the audience through his study of the use of solution focused brief therapy by nurses, and enthused with his thoughts on being immersed in the research process.  The resulting discussion with the audience could have gone on all night.  Readers may view Steve’s presentation by clicking this link: (60 sec download time)

The seminar series continues in February with Dr Heather Bain presenting her work on the unique knowing of district nurses :

Heather’s session will also be available to view in this blog by the end of February. But, if you would like to come along to this session in person then all you need to do is contact Heather Nicolson

The seminars run between 4-5pm and are usually on a Monday or Tuesday. Come along for tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits beforehand and be prepared to have your enthusiasm for research lit or rekindled.


Research Seminar Series – The development of unique knowing in district nursing practice

There  is an upcoming  research seminar about “the development of unique knowing in district nursing practice” by Dr. Heather Bain:
Date: Monday 6 February 2017
Time: 4-5pm
Room: H230 FOHSC Building


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A four-day Hermeneutic Phenomenology Methodology Course (3-6th April, 2017)

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The University of Central Lancashire and Robert Gordon University are delighted to invite you to attend the following:

A four-day Hermeneutic Phenomenology Methodology Course (3-6th April, 2017) aimed at postgraduate research students, researchers and academics working within health and social care areas who are new/novices in this theoretical and methodological approach.  During the course, participants will receive an introduction to, and beginning experience in, designing hermeneutic phenomenology studies, collecting and analysing data, and reporting themes, qualities and patterns.  (Please note this event includes a three-day methodology course and attendance at the one-day symposium detailed below)

A one-day Hermeneutic Phenomenology Symposium (6th April, 2017) aimed at postgraduate research students, researchers and academics working within health and social care. This is an exciting opportunity to listen to experienced researchers who have used a hermeneutic phenomenological approach to a) highlight some of the challenges in undertaking this type of study and b) to demonstrate how philosophical concepts can be applied to illuminate meaning within health and social care related research projects. A panel discussion will also be held to provide opportunities for further questioning and elaboration.

For full details about these events, please contact Liz Roberts, UCLan Conference and Events; 01772 892650 or visit the website:


Alternatively you can contact the event convenors – Dr Gill Thomson ( or Professor Susan Crowther (


Mental Health Movie Monthly

Lecturers in mental health Scott Macpherson and Dan Warrender host the Mental Health Movie Monthly initiative on RGU’s Garthdee Campus. They show a film with a mental health theme then facilitate discussion on the shared experience afterwards.  The film showings are free and all are welcome including staff, students, carers, service users, family members and the general public.

The initiative provides an equal platform for connection and discussion and its primary aim is to get people talking about mental health and therefore increase awareness and understanding of mental health issues.  It is hoped that an increased awareness and understanding of mental health issues will ultimately improve outcomes for those with mental health difficulties.

Our next FREE movie showing will be ‘Adam and Paul’, on the 7th of November, 5pm to 8pm in room N117 of the Sir Ian Wood Building at RGU, Garthdee Campus. Whilst we will be there from 5pm, we will begin the film at 5.30pm, allowing people to arrive from their respective commitments.

As if any extra enticement were needed there will also be FREE pizza kindly provided for those who attend by Papa Johns Pizza.

Click here for a description of the film

Also, please like and share our facebook page.  If you have attended previously, please leave us a facebook review.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Scott Macpherson and Dan Warrender

Lecturers in Mental Health

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Blood transfusion: Patient Identification and Empowerment

Our Master’s graduate Lynn Stout, transfusion practitioner at NHS Grampian and her supervisor Dr Sundari Joseph have published an article titled “Blood transfusion: Patient Identification and Empowerment”. It is a feature article in the British Journal of Nursing