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Associate professor, School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University

Dr Nicola Roberts is a health services researcher and an associate professor with an interest in the delivery of care for long term conditions.

Her research focuses on evaluating the delivery of care to those with respiratory illnesses and other long term conditions. Her current focus is on two main areas. Firstly, upskilling staff and students to deliver care. Recent work has focussed on how respiratory care is taught to pre-registration nursing and how confident graduating students are about their respiratory clinical skills.

The second area of focus is on improving delivery of respiratory care, recent work looks at how the educational component of pulmonary rehabilitation is delivered. She is a member of the pulmonary rehabilitation guidelines group at the British Thoracic Society (BTS) and is a member of two groups (Self-management working group, patient outcomes advisory group) as part of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation assembly in the American Thoracic Society (ATS).
She works using a range of methodologies including mixed methods, quantitative and qualitative approaches and SLRs. Current doctoral supervising includes a range of projects including: the impact of anterior chest wall deformity in a paediatric population and the Functional Fitness MOT for the community-dwelling older adults in Thailand

She is a visiting senior lecturer at Kings College and an honorary research advisor in Long term conditions programme within NHS Lothian.

Research interests: delivery of respiratory care; nursing education, patient experiences, health literacy, ehealth, mhealth, patient outcomes, pulmonary rehabilitation


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University


  • 2003 
    QMW and St Bartholomew's hospital, London , PhD Respiratory Medicine