Dr Heather Bain

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Heather Bain

Dr Heather Bain is Associate Head of the Centre for Rural Health Sciences at University of Highlands and Islands.  Since coming into education in 2002 Heather has worked at Robert Gordon University leading the implementation of the Non Medical Prescribing course and subsequently became the course leader of the post registration district nurse course and then led the Masters courses and CPD portfolio within the School before being part of the School’s senior leadership team as Academic Strategic Lead. Heather led the introduction of the paramedic science programme into Robert Gordon University in 2020.

Heather has actively promoted community nursing throughout the UK,  being a member of several working groups and is one of the co-ordinators behind @weCommNurses on Twitter. Heather reviews prescribing and district nursing programmes on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and has had a secondment with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as Prescribing/Medicines Management Expert Advisor inputting into the 2018 prescribing standards. She has recently published a textbook on The Principles and Practice of Nurse Prescribing and is now working on the 3rd edition of the Textbook of Community Nursing.


GOULD, J. and BAIN, H. 2022. Assessment framework for prescribing: lower leg skin tears. Journal of Community Nursing. August.

GOULD, J. and BAIN, H. 2022. Professional, legal and ethical dimensions of prescribing. Part 2: professional. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2022.e1773

GOULD, J. and BAIN, H. 2022. Professional, legal and ethical dimensions of prescribing. Part 1: professional. Primary Health Care.  doi: 10.7748/phc.2022.e1773

GOULD, J. and BAIN, H. 2022. Principles and Practice of Nurse Prescribing. London: Learning Matters

WARRENDER, D., BAIN, H., MURRAY, I. and KENNEDY, C. 2021. Perspectives of crisis intervention for people diagnosed with 'borderline personality disorder': an integrative review. Psychiatric and mental health nursing. Vol.28(2), p.208-236.

HENDERSON, L., BAIN, H., ALLAN, E. and KENNEDY, C. 2020. Integrated health and social care in the community: A critical integrative review of the experiences and well being needs of service users and their families. Health and social care in the community. [online] Available from: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hsc.13179

WHITFORD, H.M., MARLAND, G.R., CARSON, M., BAIN, H., ECCLES, J., LEE, J. and TAYLOR, J., 2020. An exploration of the influences on under-representation of male pre-registration nursing students. Nurse Education Today, 84, pp 1-5.

WELLS, J., KENNEDY, C., BAIN, H. and LEE, S.H. 2020. The experiences of older adults with a diagnosed functional mental illness, their carer’s and their healthcare professionals in relation to mental health service delivery: an integrative review. Journal of clinical nursing, 29, pp 31-52.

COURTNEY, M. LIM, R., CASTRO-SANCHEZ, E., DESLANDES, R., HODSON, K., MORRIS, G., REEVES, S., WEISS, M., BAIN, H. et al. 2018. Development of consensus-based national antimicrobial stewardship competencies for UK undergraduate healthcare professional education, The Journal of Hospital Infection, 100(3), pp. 245–256.

CHILTERN, S. and BAIN, H., eds., 2018. The 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: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/22213

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.


  • Doctor of Education, University of Stirling (2015)
  • PG Certificate (Higher Education Learning and Teaching), Robert Gordon University (2005)
  • BA Community Health, Robert Gordon University (2000)
  • Community Practitioner Prescriber, Robert Gordon University (1998)
  • Diploma in District Nursing, Robert Gordon Institute of Technology (1990)
  • Registered General Nurse, Foresterhill College, Aberdeen (1986)

External Recognition

  • Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Visiting Senior Lecturer, Robert Gordon University

Professional bodies

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council


  • Dr Heather Bain is Associate Head of the Centre for Rural Health Sciences


  • Teaching and Learning: Community Nursing, Prescribing, Advanced Practice , Leadership, Curriculum Development, MSc supervision
  • Research and scholarly activity interests: Community nursing, learning in practice,  prescribing, evaluation of pedagogical approaches, staff development