Mr Neil Angus

Senior Lecturer/Head of Postgraduate Studies
neil.angus@uhi.ac.uk
01463 279804

Biography

I commenced my professional nursing career in 1980 and graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1984. From 1984 to 1998 I held a range of First Level nursing appointments and completed specialist training in critical care and a Master’s degree in Nursing. In practice I led development of the nursing service for one of the first stroke units in Scotland and also managed a major urban cardiology centre during the exponential rise in coronary intervention procedures during the late 1980s. In 1992 I managed the establishment of a medical admissions area in the Highland Region’s major acute hospital.

I was appointed Lecturer at the University of Stirling in 1998 and Senior Lecturer in 2009. I transferred to the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2017. During my university appointments I have continued to practice through a range educational, research, management and partnership activities. My current and previous roles have included a range of external national and international academic and professional activities and recognitions.

Outside work I enjoy golf, travel, music and advanced motorcycling.

Research

  • Chest Heart Stroke Scotland (£5000) – Treatment Adherence in Coronary Heart Disease (co-investigator) - completed
  • NHS Highland (£5500) – Child Healthy Weight Scoping Exercise (PI) – completed
  • Burdett Trust (£72,000) – Delivery of community cardiac rehabilitation in the Scottish Highlands (PI) – completed
  • NHS Highland (£3,100) – Study of Cardiac Misconceptions in Hospital Staff (co-investigator) – completed
  • NHS Highland (£1,000) - Evaluation of Diabetes Education Programme (PI) – completed
  • Inverness & Nairn Enterprise (£17,645) Uncertainty in cardiac Illness (PI) – completed

Publications

A list of publications can be accessed via PURE

Thomson P Angus NJ Andreis F Rushworth GF Mohan A Chung ML Leslie SJ (2020) Longitudinal evaluation of the effects of illness perceptions and beliefs about cardiac rehabilitation on quality of life in patients with coronary artery disease and their caregivers (BMC Health & Quality of Life Outcomes) IN PRESS

Thomson P Rushworth GF Andreis F Angus NJ Mohan AR Leslie SJ (2020) Longitudinal study of the relationship between patients’ medication adherence and quality of life outcomes and illness perception and beliefs about cardiac rehabilitation, BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, http://doi.org/10.1186/s12872-020-01378-4

McGhee S, Angus N Finnegan A Lewis-Pierre L Ortego J (2020) Assessment and treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis in the emergency department, Emergency Nurse. DOI: 10.7748/en.2020.e1993

Thomson P, Howie K, Leslie SJ, Angus NJ, Andreis F, Thomson R, et al. (2020) Evaluating emotional distress and health-related quality of life in patients with heart failure and their family caregivers: Testing dyadic dynamics using the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model. PLoS ONE 15(1): e0227129. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0227129

McGhee S, Finnegan A, Angus N, Clochesy JM (2019) Responding to nerve agent poisoning - a guide for emergency nurses. Part 2, Emergency Nurse. doi:10.7748/en.2019.e1925

McGhee S, Finnegan A, Angus N, Clochesy JM (2019) Nerve Agents - a guide for emergency nurses. Part 1, Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2019.e1896

Thomson P Howie K Leslie S Angus NJ Thomson N Mondoa A Mohan A Chung ML (2018) The effects of emotional distress on quality of life of patients with heart failure and their family caregivers: Testing dyadic dynamics using the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model (Published Abstract), European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 17 (1) (supp), S2.

Conference Papers

Smith J Kyle R Angus NJ (2015) Pedagogical Innovation to Establish Partnerships in Adolescent Health Promotion, Enhancing Nursing Through Educational Research (ENTER), 12 - 13 November 2015, Edinburgh.

Blair J Angus NJ Atherton I Lauder WJ Leslie SJ (2012) Relationship between physical and psychological factors and attendance at cardiac rehabilitation, 12th Annual Spring Meeting of the European Society of Cardiology Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions, 16 – 17 March, Copenhagen

Blair J Angus NJ Atherton I Lauder W Leslie SJ (2011) Illness Perception predicts attendance at cardiac rehabilitation (Poster Presentation), NHS Highland Research and Development Conference, 24 June, Inverness

Blair J Corrigal H Angus NJ Thompson DR Leslie SJ (2010) Home versus hospital cardiac rehabilitation: implications for patients in remote areas (Poster Presentation), NHS Highland Research and Development Conference, 31 March, Inverness

Angus NJ Patience F MacLean E Corrigal H Leslie S (2009) Cardiac Misconceptions in Hospital Staff, Addressing the Challenges in Cardiovascular Care,  9th Spring Meeting of the European Society of Cardiology Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions, 24 – 25 April, Dublin

Patience F MacLean E Corrigal H Angus NJ Leslie S (2008) Cardiac Misconceptions in Hospital Staff, British Cardiovascular Society Annual Scientific Conference, 2 – 4 June, Manchester

Unpublished Reports and Dissertations

Angus N (2002) Evaluation of Diabetes Workshops. Report to the Diabetes Centre, Highland Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Inverness

Angus N (1992) – ‘A study of the attitudes of nursing staff towards stroke patients and their management’ , Master of Nursing Programme, University of Glasgow

Angus N (1984) – ‘A proposed investigation of the physical and psychological effects that participation in an exercise rehabilitation programme has on patients recovering from myocardial infarction’ Bachelor of Nursing Programme, University of Glasgow

Qualifications

Academic

  • Master of Nursing, University of Glasgow (1992)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), University of Glasgow (1984)
  • Diploma in Professional Studies (Critical Care), NBS (1988)
  • PG Certificate (Professional & Higher Education), Queen Margaret University (2016)

 Professional

  • Registered General Nurse (1984)
  • Registered Nurse Teacher (2016)

Professional bodies

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • European Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professionals (CCNAP), European Society of Cardiology

Professional Activities

External Recognition

  • Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (2017 - )
  • Nurse Fellow of European Society of Cardiology (2003 – 2017)
  • Visiting Instructor, University of South Florida (Tampa, USA) (2015 - )
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy (2002 - )

 Current International Activity

  • Board Member, European Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professionals (CCNAP), European Society of Cardiology (2017 - )
  • Chair, Education Committee, European Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professionals (CCNAP), European Society of Cardiology (2017 - )
  • Faculty Member, EuroHeart Care, Annual Congress of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Health Professionals

 External Examining

  • Completed a range of subject and progression and awards examiner appointments including undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in various UK universities (2003 – 2017)

 Editorial Board and Reviewing

  • Editorial Board Member, British Journal of Cardiac Nursing (2005 – 2016)
  • Reviewer – Journal of Advanced Nursing, British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, Pedagogy in Health Promotion

Responsibilities

My current academic job profile requires a range of teaching, research and administrative functions:

  • Support of teaching and learning, curriculum development, module co-ordination and personal academic tutor role (undergraduate / post-graduate)
  • Analysis and research
  • Communication, liaison and networking
  • Academic leadership
  • Pastoral care and welfare of students
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • Contributing as an internationally recognised authority in the field of cardiovascular nursing
  • Support of international student clinical placements

Expertise

Teaching and Learning

  • Professional and Higher Education
  • Adult medical, cardiovascular and critical care nursing
  • Clinical and Academic Management
  • Curriculum Development and Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Clinical Skills Teaching

Research Interests and Scholarly Activity

  • Critical care education and practice
  • Social psychology of long term conditions (specifically heart disease), cardiac misconceptions in patients and health care staff, effective delivery of community based cardiac rehabilitation in remote and rural areas and the application of e-health approaches in cardiovascular care.
  • Evaluation of innovative pedagogical approaches to support health improvement.
  • Mixed method research and instrument development