Ms Joanna Smith

Lecturer/Head of Postgraduate Studies


Based at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness, I work as a Lecturer and head of post graduate studies within the Department of Nursing for The University of Highlands and Islands.

I have 30 years nursing and midwifery experience working in a variety of fields ranging from orthopaedics, elderly rehabilitation, community nursing, midwifery and health visiting. I have specialised in the health and well-being of children, young people and their families and public health. I have designed and developed a range of educational resources to support health and social care for children and young people. My current research includes health care service access, specifically CAMHS.

I have an active lifestyle and work as part of the ski patrol team in the Cairngorm mountain range.


PhD in progress: Investigating children and young peoples’ access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). This mixed methods study includes quantitative investigation of patterns of referral and wait times for CAMH specialist services and qualitative exploration of the influences on timely access to CAMHS.


A list of publications can be viewed on PURE

Peer-review journals

Smith, J & Smith, A. (2014) The Lead Professional, Getting it right for children with exceptional healthcare needs.  The Journal of Health Visiting.  

Kyle RG, Angus NJ, Smith J, Stewart C, MacLennan F. (2015) Pedagogical innovation to establish partnerships in adolescent health promotion: lessons from a Scottish undergraduate nursing program. Pedagogy in Health Promotion.

Smith J, Kyle RG, Daniel B, & Hubbard G. (accepted for Publication December 2016)

Patterns of referral and waiting times for specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Stone, K, Burgess, C, Daniel, B, Smith, J, & Stephen, C (2017) Nurture corners in preschool settings: involving and nurturing children and parents. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.

Books and book chapters

Harris & Nimmo (Eds) (2012). Placement Learning in Community Nursing: a guide for students in practice. Elsevier. Contributing Author.


  • Registered General Nurse (RGN)
  • Diploma in Midwifery (RM)
  • Non-Medical Prescriber
  • BSc Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (HV)
  • MSc Advanced Practice in Nursing

Professional bodies

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)


Teaching and Research:  Module Coordinator, Foundations of Nursing Module.


Teaching and Learning

  • Child Health & Wellbeing and Child Protection
  • Multi-Disciplinary Working
  • Leadership
  • Public Health / Health Improvement


  • Child Health & Wellbeing
  • Integrated and Coordinated Care
  • Child and Adolescent mental health services.