Heather Bain
Title: Dr.
First Name: Heather
Surname: Bain
Position: Academic Strategic Lead: Academic Programmes
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 262634
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In her role Heather is responsible for the core academic leadership and management of all the undergraduate and postgraduate education within the School. This role also involves developing new initiatives and contributing to the formulation of University policy on matters relevant to the academic programme/course portfolio.

Heather’s role requires her to provide academic team leadership within the School to the team of academic staff, and to work with the Academic Strategic Lead: Student Experience and Enhancement to ensure that students have a positive experience while maintaining academic regulations and other quality assurance processes.

It is an important aspect of Heather’s role to ensure that education within the School continues to meet the needs of contemporary nursing and midwifery practice and this involves her working collaboratively with other organisations and other bodies.

Heather has extensive experience in both pre and post registration nurse education. She has lead the delivery of numerous curricula including the Non-Medical Prescribing module and the School’s postgraduate provision. Additionally, she has been on secondment with NHS Education Scotland developing national assessment strategies and, more recently with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, being expert advisor to the development of the new prescribing standards considering both pre-registration and post registration nursing and midwifery education.

Her practice expertise is within district nursing which contributed to her doctoral work. She also has a national profile within community nursing, and an established network of contacts within NHS Grampian and across the UK through involvement in organisations such as the Association of District Nurse Educators. Her public output has mainly been around community nursing where she has presented at several conferences and has recently co-edited the book A Textbook of Community Nursing. In recognition of contribution to the development of community nursing education in Scotland, Heather has been awarded the title Fellow of Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland.

Academic Background

Doctor of Education, PgCert LTA, BA Community Health, Dip DN, RGN

Research Interests

  • Education
  • Advanced practice
  • Community nursing.

Current Research

BAIN, H., 2017. Nurse and midwife prescribers: towards an inter-professional model of prescribing competence. Paper presented for NET 2017: the 28th International Networking for Healthcare Education, University of Cambridge, 5th - 6th September.

BAIN, H., 2017.Implementation of the dynamic syllabus in a Master’s programme. Paper presented to Robert Gordon University Learning Teaching Assessment Conference, Aberdeen, 3rd May.

FORKUO, A. and BAIN, H., 2017. Curriculum design - refocusing of school nurse education, Scotland: from novice to mastery. Paper presented to Royal College of Nursing Education Conference, Cardiff, 21st - 22nd March.

BAIN, H., 2017. The development of district nurse’s knowing. Paper presented to Royal College of Nursing Education Conference, Cardiff, 21st - 22nd March.

BAIN, H., 2016. The unique knowing of district nurses in practice. Paper presented to Royal College of Nursing Research Conference, Edinburgh, 6th – 8th April.


Co-applicant for a Scottish Government funded project entitled ‘A multi-stakeholder exploration of the learning in practice experience and use of portfolio assessment in non-medical prescribing programmes in Scotland’.

Custodian for the Modernising Nursing in the Community (MNiC) Toolkit for NES.

Co-applicant for a NHS Education Scotland funded project entitled ‘Views and experiences of male nursing students about the barriers and facilitators to choosing nursing as a career.

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Royal College of Nursing
  • Member, Association of District Nurse Educators
  • Member Association of Advanced Practice Educators
  • Member, National Network of Non Medical Prescribers
  • Member, Educational Institute Scotland

External / Professional Roles

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council accredited reviewer
  • External Examiner – City University, London
  • Editorial Board member, Journal of Community Nursing
  • Non-Medical Prescribing/Medicines Management Expert Advisor,  Nursing and Midwifery Council (PT Secondment)


WHITFORD, H.M., MARLAND, G.R., CARSON, M., BAIN, H., ECCLES, J., LEE, J. and TAYLOR, J., 2019. An exploration of the influences on under-representation of male pre-registration nursing students. Nurse Education Today, [online]. In press. Available from:

WELLS, J., KENNEDY, C., BAIN, H. and LEE, S.H., 2019. The experiences of older adults with a diagnosed functional mental illness, their carers and healthcare professionals in relation to mental health service delivery: An integrative review. [online]. Journal of Clinical Nursing. Available from:

CHILTERN, S. and BAIN, H., eds., 2018. A textbook of community nursing. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.

UNWIN, R., REDMAN, S., BAIN, H., MACPHEE, M., McELHINNEY, E., DOWNER, F. and PATERSON, R. 2016. Supporting practice learning time for non-medical prescribing students: manager’s views. Nursing Management, 23(3), pp. 25-29.?

BAIN, H., 2015. The unique knowing of district nurses in practice. [online]. EdD thesis. University of Stirling. Available from:

BAIN, H. and RAWLINSON, M., 2014. Enhancing and developing leadership, management and team working skills in the community setting. In: S. READING and B. WEBSTER, eds. Achieving competencies for nursing practice: a handbook for student nurses. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

BAIN, H., 2013. Community nursing must not reinvent the educational wheel. Journal of Community Nursing, 27(4), p. 111.

BAIN, H., 2012. Building a global view. Nursing Standard, 27(2), p. 69.

BAIN, H. and BAGULEY, F., 2012. The management of caseloads in district nursing services. Primary Health Care, 22(4), 31-37.

DICKSON, C., GOUGH, H. and BAIN, H., 2011. Meeting the policy agenda, part 2: is a ‘Cinderella service’ sufficient? Journal of Community Nursing, 16(11), pp. 540-545.

DICKSON, C., GOUGH, H. and BAIN, H., 2011. Meeting the policy agenda, part 1: the role of the modern district nurse. British Journal of Community Nursing, 16(10), pp. 495-500.

COOK, R., BAIN, H. and SMITH, A., 2011. Challenging the future for community nurse education. Nursing Times, 107(38), pp. 20-22.

BAIN, H. and ADAMS, D., 2011. Strategic context of policy – a look at UK policy for the four nations. In: E. PORTER and L. COLES, eds. Policy and strategy for improving health and wellbeing. Exeter: Learning Matters.

COWIE, J. and BAIN, H., 2011. Development and implementation of policy – communities and health. Scottish perspective. In: E. PORTER and L. COLES, eds. Policy and strategy for improving health and wellbeing. Exeter: Learning Matters.

Teaching Interests

  • Non medical prescribing
  • Education
  • Advanced practice
  • Community nursing
  • Public health
  • Palliative care
  • Advanced practice
  • Practice teaching
  • Long term conditions
  • Clinical decision making
  • Leadership
  • Policy and professional regulation.