Dr Margaret A Coulter Smith (PhD , MSc, Dip , RNT, RCNT, General ICU Certificate, RM, RN) is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing. She is also members of the Centre for Person-Centred Practice (full member)and the Centre for Applied Social Sciences (associate member).

 

  • Overview
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  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Activities & Awards

Margaret qualified as a registered nurse at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, in 1979. She gained over 10 years experience in clinical roles (A&E, general surgery, medicine, critical care, midwifery) as a staff nurse, midwife, senior charge nurse, joint appointment clinical specialist (I grade)/ clinical lecturer (Manchester). Margaret’s higher education career extends over 30 years across undergraduate and postgraduate education including programme leadership roles in undergraduate nursing, masters advanced practice, critical care, professional education, and in research leadership as principal investigator (PI) on externally funded projects. She was awarded a PhD in 2005 from the University of Surrey, Nurses’ early recognition of medical patients in transition states from acute to critical illness or cardiac arrest; The cue composition of clinical judgements. Her current research focus is on older persons with osteoporosis and high fracture risk. As PI for the ‘Lydia Osteoporosis Project’ at QMU she has led 3 successive studies focusing on promoting bone health, mobility, and addressing moving and handling needs of older persons with osteoporosis in acute and community care settings. See lydiaosteoporosis.com In 2019, a MOOC, ‘Caring for My Bones’ was launched reaching local, national and international practitioner audiences.

 

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Member of European Academy of Nursing Science.
  • Member of RCN.
  • Member of National Osteoporosis Society.
  • Affiliate member of Centre for Applied Social Sciences, QMU.
  • Member of SIGMA Omega Xi Chapter, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh.
  • Member of Centre for Person-centred Practice Research, QMU.
  • Member of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal Conditions Cross Party Group, Scottish Parliament, Holyrood.

Professional Social Media:

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

Person-centred practice research: Healthcare Interventions.

 

Research interests: Osteoporosis, promoting bone health in older persons, public health, clinical judgement and decision making, patient assessment, healthcare interventions (moving & handling), professional education, and evaluation research.

Research and development pillar aligned to:

Person-centred practice research: Healthcare Interventions.

Active research interests:

As principal investigator for the Lydia Osteoporosis Project I undertake action research, education and evaluation projects in acute and community settings (LOP 2, LOP 3 and LOP Plus). These projects build on our research in the first ‘Lydia Osteoporosis Project’ (LOP 1) comprising a multi- methods sequential design. The overall aim of the project is to raise awareness of osteoporosis and older peoples’ moving and handling needs in acute and community care. We have undertaken a range of dissemination activities including publication of findings to a range of audiences, launched a bespoke interactive website commissioned from an external IT company, please see www.lydiaosteoporosis.com and most recently, a MOOC, ‘Caring for My Bones’ (see above).

Current methodological interests include quantitative (survey style and observational designs), qualitative (case study, descriptive and phenomenological studies), mixed methods and evaluation research. Experienced in undertaking systematic reviews and quantitative and qualitative syntheses of evidence.

Currently Margaret provides doctoral supervision for 7 candidates undertaking PhDs or Professional Doctorates in Health Sciences at QMU. Subject areas include health ombudsman, workforce sustainability in social care, out of hospital cardiac arrest, adolescents and risk taking behavior, preceptorship, advanced nurse practitioners in primary care and community midwifery consultations with overweight pregnant women.

Doctoral student completions: 3

Please say which research and development pillar you are aligned to

Person-centred practice research: Healthcare Interventions.

Research interests: Osteoporosis, promoting bone health in older persons, public health, clinical judgement and decision making, patient assessment, healthcare interventions (moving & handling), professional education, and evaluation research.

Research Centre Name 

Centre for Person-Centred Practice (full member)
Centre for Applied Social Sciences (affiliate member)

 

 

Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

  • 2020 LOP Plus*. Principal Investigator Lydia Osteoporosis Plus Project. Funding of £94,908 confirmed 09.12.2019.
  • 2018- 2020. LOP 3*. Principal Investigator Action Research and Evaluation Project (Lydia Osteoporosis Project 3) to increase frontline healthcare staff’s awareness of osteoporosis care in the community. External funding, £78k.
  • 2016-2018. LOP 2*. Principal Investigator Lydia Osteoporosis Project 2 (LOP 2). An Action Research and Evaluation Study focusing on moving and handling practice in the acute care of older people with osteoporosis.* External funding in excess of £90K from a private benefactor.
  • 2011- 2015. LOP 1* Principal Investigator for the Lydia Osteoporosis Project (LOP 1). A research, education, implementation and dissemination project.* External funding of £560,000 from a private benefactor. 
  • 2010 Invited external member of Clinical Academic Research Careers Proposal Team for Critical Care practitioners with University of Edinburgh * (Project Lead Dr G Huby).
  • 2009 Evaluation of Education Programme for SHSWs and APs in children and young people’s health* Principal Investigator, QMU, Research Funding (£35,000) NHS Education Scotland, Principal Investigator.
  • 2008 Evaluation of the Succession Planning Development Pathway for NMAHP Consultants in Scotland Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh. Research Assistant. Lead investigators, Dr G Huby, Dr M McCreaddie.
  • 2008 Patients suffering severe and enduring pain in surgical wards Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh, Lead investigators, Dr J Tocher, Dr S Rodgers. University of Edinburgh Research Futures funding. £5000
  • 2006- 2007 Evaluation of physical assessment training Principal Investigator (Surrey research sites) collaborative project University of Brighton & University of Surrey, CI Professor Julie Scholes. Research funding £49,000 (Skills for Health & S&SSHA)
  • 2004 Nurses’ early recognition of medical patients in transition states from acute to critical illness or cardiac arrest; The cue composition of clinical judgements, unpublished PhD Thesis, EIHMS, University of Surrey. Funding for 1 year data collection (£29,000) from General Nursing Council Trust for England & Wales
  • 1986 British Commonwealth Nurses’ War Memorial Fund Scholarship for 1 year, employed as a Research Assistant undertaking MSc Nursing (Research option), University of Manchester

Undergraduate: BSc (Hons) Nursing. Dissertation module, year 4.

Postgraduate: MSc Person-centred Practice and MSc Professional & Higher Education include: Dissertation modules, Current Issues in Educational Practice, NM349*, Managing Clinical Judgements and Decision-making, NM 248.
*As module coordinator

Doctoral programmes: Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Sciences (contribute to modules) and doctoral study weeks), Doctoral Supervisor Professional Doctorate in Health Sciences and PhD (contribute to doctoral study weeks and doctoral research workshops). Panel member and Chair PhD probationary assessments. Panel member and Chair of final examinations for doctoral awards (as internal and external examiner). Internal examiner final examinations for Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology.

 

Academic awards:

  • 2018 All Ireland Gerontological Nursing Association, 10 year Anniversary Conference, Poster Presentation, 1st Prize. Galway. Ireland.
  • 2016, 2015 Elsevier Publishers. Recognition of excellence in reviewing, I&CCN. England.
  • 2017 Elsevier Publishers’ Award: Excellence in reviewing, Intensive & Critical Care Nursing (member of Editorial Advisory Board and Panel of reviewers).

Activities:

  • Member of panel of reviewers, Intensive & Critical Care Nursing (Elsevier). Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research (Elsevier), Journal of Nursing Philosophy (Wiley), BMJ Open, Journal of Clinical Nursing (Wiley).
  • Member of Senate at QMU (representing Division of Nursing Staff)
  • Member of Graduate School Board, QMU.
  • Member and former convenor or Research Governance Group within Division of Nursing, QMU.