Dr Michelle Beattie

Lecturer/Assistant Head of Research


Dr Michelle Beattie is a nurse lecturer with a specific interest and expertise in quality improvement research, practice and education.  She has researched:

  • Patient experience
  • Quality of care/improvement
  • Recruitment and retention within nursing

She has experience of conducting and leading improvement work within the NHS and co-led the design and implementation of the Practicum (small scale QI Projects) as an educational initiative for undergraduate nurses. The Practicum is now a compulsory assignment within the undergraduate curriculum in two Universities, with over 1000 students completed a small scale project. She has published QI related publications and is working on research grant submissions.


Research expertise and outputs can be viewed in PURE

Dr Michelle Beattie’s PhD was entitled Measuring the Patient Experience of Hospital Quality of Care, which resulted in the development of the Care Experience Feedback Improvement Tool (CEFIT).  The tool was published in BMJ Open and was shortlisted for the Scottish NMAHP Research Awards (2017) 3 or 4* Research Paper Award Category.  CEFIT is currently used within NHS Highland as a metric of patient experience for relevant Rapid Process Improvement Workshops (RPIWs). 

Michelle is currently working on research proposals and funding applications in the area of improvement science/service evaluation.



Work Experience Project for Young People in Secondary Education from Remote and Rural areas of the Highlands and Western Isles (£24,788) - Co-applicant

Jul 12-Jul 14               

This project offered School Children, from remote and rural Highlands and Islands, work experience opportunities within NHS Highland, with peer mentoring from senior nursing students.  The aim was to increase recruitment to our nursing programme and devise a model for Pre-Nursing Scholarship in Scotland and beyond.  This project has been awarded the winner of the Enterprise and Employability across Learning Award. There have been associated conference papers and publications in peer reviewed journals.  This project has been shortlisted for a Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Award by the Chief Nurse for Scotland. 

A retrospective matched case note review of Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia in the Intensive Care Unit (£4,207) – Joint Principal Investigator

Jan 11-Mar 11            

A case control study to determine whether the use of a Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia (VAP) bundle of care reduced Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia in Intensive Care.  Funded by NHS Forth Valley.


A list of publications can be accessed via PURE

Michelle Beattie has published 12 papers in peer reviewed journals, 1 book chapter and produced 46 conference papers.  Her Scopus H-index is 4 (currently 88 citations from 12 papers).  Her Research Gate Score is 12.34  (higher than 52.5% of ResearchGate members). 

Beattie M, Shepherd A, Lauder W, Atherton I, Cowie J, Murphy D (2016) Development and psychometric properties of the Care Experience Feedback Improvement Tool (CEFIT).  BMJ Open, 6:e010101.

Leung J, Ferrari A, Baxter A, Schoultz M, Beattie M, & Harris M. (2016). Systematic reviews: inducting research students into scholarly conversations?. Higher Education Research & Development, 1-4. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07294360.2016.1190527

James B, Beattie M, Shepherd A, Armstrong L (2016) Time, fear and transformation: student nurses’ experiences of doing a Practicum (Quality Improvement Project) in Practice, Nurse Education in Practice, doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2016.05.004.

Beattie M, Murphy D, Atherton I, Lauder W (2015) Instruments to measure patient experience of health care quality in hospitals: A systematic review, Systematic Reviews, 4; 97. doi:10.1186/s13643-015-0089-0.  Highly accessed.

Smith A, Beattie M, Kyle R (2015) I know exactly what I’m going into’: Recommendations for pre-nursing experience from an evaluation of a pre-nursing scholarship in rural Scotland, Nursing Open, 19th Sept.  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/nop2.23/full

Smith A, Beattie M, Kyle R (2015) Stepping up, stepping back, stepping forward: student nurses’ experiences as peer mentors in a pre-nursing scholarship, Nurse Education in Practice, 15, pp. 492-497 DOI information: 10.1016/j.nepr.2015.03.005

Beattie M, Smith A, Kyle R (2014) Sadness, socialisation and shifted perceptions: school pupils’ stories of a pre-nursing scholarship, Nurse Education Today, 34, 894-898. Available online 21 Feb.  doi.10.1016/j.nedt.2014.01.016

Beattie M, Lauder W, Atherton I, Murphy D (2014) Instruments to measure patient experience of health care quality in hospitals: a systematic review protocol Systematic Reviews, 3; 4. Doi: 10.1186/2046-4053-3-4.   Highly accessed.

Beattie M, Atherton I, McLennan B, Lauder W (2012) Compassion or speed, which is a more accurate indicator of healthcare quality in the emergency department from the patients’ perspective?  International Journal of Person Centered Medicine, 2 (4), 647-655.

Rooney K, Beattie M (2012) Quality and Safety in Nurse Education: Are We in a State of Readiness?  Nurse Education Today, 32, 622–623. 

Beattie M, Shepherd A, Howieson, B (2012) Do the Institute of Medicines’ (IOM) dimensions of quality capture the current meaning of quality in health care? – An integrative review.  Journal of Research in Nursing, 18 (4), 288-304. 

Beattie M Shepherd A, Maher S, Grant J (2012) Continual Improvement in Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia Bundle Compliance:  A Retrospective Case Matched Review.  Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 28 (5), 255-262.


  • PhD Nursing, University of Stirling 2016
  • MSc Nursing Advanced Practice, University of Dundee 2009
  • BSc Hons Health and Social Care, Open University 2000
  • RN (A) Diploma Tayside School of Nursing and Midwifery 1996

Professional bodies

Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


Dr Michelle Beattie is Deputy Head of Research in the Department of Nursing.

She is module lead for an undergraduate nursing module in Leadership, an MSc module in Quality Improvement (QI) and Improvement Dissertation in QI.

Michelle is a member of the University Ethics Committee. 


Expertise can be viewed in PURE

As a recognised expert in quality improvement, Dr Michelle Beattie has a high degree of collaborative involvement with other bodies. Of note:

  • She is a fellow and operational group member of the Highlands and Islands Improvement Institute. (HI3). The Institute aims to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health and social care services to ensure they meet the current and predicted future needs of the population by  providing the necessary impetus to further drive, sustain and develop quality improvement capacity and capability with resulting benefit for patients and their families. https://www.hi-3.net/
  • She has an Honary contract with NHS Highland and is currently involved in training to become a LEAN leader. Previous work has included measurable improvement following service redesign in Drug and Alcohol Services. 
  • She is a member of Q at the Health Foundation.  Q aims to connect QI expertise across Scotland and the UK.  The aim is to create opportunities for people to come together as an improvement community – sharing ideas, enhancing skills and collaborating to make health and care better.
  • She has expertise and experience around ethics in relation to quality improvement and research and currently sits on the University of Highlands and Islands Research Committee.   She was invited and chaired the East of Scotland Research Ethics Service 8th Annual Conference, Crieff Hydro, May 20th 2016.  Invited Conference Chair. 
  • She has supervised 9 Quality Improvement Masters Dissertations and examined 8.