Dr Barbara Farquharson

Senior Research Fellow

NMAHP Stirling,

Dr Barbara Farquharson

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About me

I am a Registered General Nurse and have worked in a variety of clinical roles including most latterly as a British Heart Foundation Cardiac Liaison Nurse and as a Team Leader at NHS 24. I am interested in the psychological aspects of health and illness and have a strong commitment to the generation of high quality evidence for application to health services, in particular to nursing. I have been awarded 2 competitive fellowships (PhD studentship and current Clinical Research Fellowship (50%) and was grant-holder and sole Research Fellow on a successfully completed CSO study investigating stress amongst NHS24 nurses. This work was led by Professor Derek Johnston, University of Aberdeen and we currently collaborate on another project (also funded by the CSO), exploring the relationship between stress and nursing tasks in real-time. My PhD (supervised by Dr Carol Bugge & Professor Marie Johnston) used psychological theory (Leventhal’s Commonsense Model of Self-Regulation ) to explore how and when people present symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome to health services (NHS 24). I am currently actively pursuing grant funding to progress this work and develop and test an intervention to reduce delay.