Dr Michelle Beattie


Health Sciences (Highland & W.Isles) Stirling

Dr Michelle Beattie

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About me

My current research and educational interests are captured in the theme of health care quality improvement. My interest in improving health care quality has been built on a diverse clinical background in nursing, project management experience aiming to reduce error in clinical skills, and a co-ordinating role for safety, governance and risk within the NHS.


1 - MSc Advanced Practice, Nursing

Dissertation (A2) Sept 2008 – April 2009 Critical Appraisal Skills for Practitioners Sept 2006 – Dec 2006 Leadership in Advanced Practice Feb 2006 – June 2006 Nursing Politics and Social Change Nov 2005 – Feb 2006 Risk and Accountability Sept 2005 - Nov 2005

2 - Certificate in Education

Action Research Feb 2004 – June 2004 Student Support Nov 2003 – Feb 2004 Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice Sept 2003 – Nov 2003

BSc Hons Health and Social Care
The Open University

Critical Practice in Health and Social Care Feb 2000 – Oct 2000 - Professional development - Challenging practice - Working with changing structures - Evaluating research in health and social care - Using evidence in health and social care Promoting health: skills, perspectives and practice Feb 1998 – October 1998 - Exploring health promotion - Communicating and educating for health - Investigating health information - Evaluating health promotion - Evaluating community action

Diploma in Nursing and Health

- Life sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Ethics, Health & Communication

Event / Presentation

Learning by Doing: Students’ Experience of a Practicum. Learning and Teaching Conference

Quality Improvement Projects for All, at How to Rock the Boat and Stay in It. Helen Bevan Event

Building Quality Improvement Capacity and Capability: A Practicum for All. Enhancing Nursing Through Educational Research (ENTER

Supporting Successful Transition into Nurse Education and Nursing Practice: Sharing Lessons from a Pre-nursing Scholarship. International Nurse Education Conference

Compassion or speed, which is a more accurate indicator of health care quality in the emergency department from the patients’ perspective?. NHS Highland Research Seminar

Human Factors and Improving Patient Safety; QI for All.. National Scottish Medical Education Conference

Piloting the IHI Practicum in a Nursing Curriculum. International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Piloting the IHI Practicum in a Nursing Curriculum: Where Are We At?. SABRE R&D Conference

Resilience and Quality Improvement. Reducing Harm, Improving Care; All Teach, All Learn.

How Do We Get Student Nurses to Do Quality Improvement? . Enhancing Nursing Through Educational Research (ENTER): Inaugural Scottish Conference

How Do We Know We Are Improving? Evaluating Quality Improvement Education,. Academic Collaboration in Quality 2012, Health Improvement Scotland

Learning from Adverse Events. Reducing Harm, Improving Healthcare: Patients, Staff and Students

Embedding Quality and Safety Delivery into the Nursing Curriculum: Our Journey So Far. Healthcare Improvement Scotland: SPSP Faculty Engagement Event 2011
Healthcare Improvement Scotland

An integrated strategy for multi-professional education and training for procedural clinical skills. NHS Scotland Event 2009: "Working Together For A Healthier Scotland", SECC, Glasgow, 16-17 June 2009
NHS Scotland

TEaching Clinical Skills Trainers (TECST) – developing a faculty. AMEE 2006: Association for Medical Education in Europe Conference: Genoa, Italy, 14-18 September 2006


The Multi-Professional Clinical Skills Project. Annual Scottish Clinical Skills Network Conference, 2005

Research (1)

I am currently conducting a PhD by publication. My collections of studies are aiming to explore ways of measuring the patients' perspective of hospital quality of care which are fit for purpose. I have utilised a range of methods - integrative review, systematic review, retrospective care matched review and a cross sectional survey. I have used both qualitative and quantitative date, including psychometrics for instrument critique.


Outputs (31)


Book Chapter

Beattie M & Carolan C (2014) Systems Thinking. In: Bowie P & de Wet C (eds.) Safety and Improvement in Primary Care: The Essential Guide. London: Radcliffe Publishing. http://www.radcliffehealth.com/shop/safety-and-improvement-primary-care-essential-guide


Beattie M (2011) Can silver alloy catheters reduce infection rates?. Nursing Times, 107 (29), pp. 19-22. http://www.nursingtimes.net/home/clinical-zones/continence/can-silver-alloy-catheters-reduce-infection-rates/5032940.article

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Beattie M & Walker H (2008) Measuring and Learning from Adverse Events. NHS/QIS National Clinical Governance Conference: "Facing Challenges - Sharing Solutions II: Delivering Quality Improvement in NHS Scotland", Airth Castle Hotel Falkirk, 22-23 January 2008, Falkirk, UK, 22.01.2008-22.01.2008.


Beattie M & Campbell D (2007) The Journey So Far. Launch of the Scottish Patient Safety Alliance, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, 9 March 2007, Dundee, UK, 09.03.2007-09.03.2007.


Beattie M & Lawrie C (2006) Developing Multi-Professional Skills Packs. Nurse Education Today International Conference 2006, Durham, UK, 31.12.2006-31.12.2006.


Beattie M, Ambrose L & Ker JS (2006) Teaching Clinical Skills Trainers (TECST) – developing a faculty (Presentation) AMEE 2006: Association for Medical Education in Europe Conference: Genoa, Italy, 14-18 September 2006, Genoa, Italy, 14.09.2006-18.09.2006.




ADPP99 Quality Improvement Dissertation

This dissertation module enables students to devise and deliver a QI project within their area of work, whilst enabling them to analyse and critique the theoretical concepts of QI. To date, students have produced some excellent projects, which have led to system changes within their wider health board areas.

ADPP12 Quality Improvement Projects in Health and Social Care

This online module forms part of the MSc in Advanced Practice. The course offers practitioners and managers in health care the opportunity to ‘make an improvement’ in practice whilst studying at masters level. The assignment clearly links the theoretical concepts of quality improvement with practice.

NMHU8AD/MH Delivering Health Care

This module aims to prepare students for the complexity of modern health care. The module focuses on assimilation of knowledge from all previous adult and mental health modules. Key topic areas are QI, leadership, and management of care.