Prof Nicola Carey

Head of the Centre for Rural Health Sciences


Nicola Carey

Nicola Carey is Professor of Health Services Research and Head of the Centre for Rural Health Sciences. Nicola is a qualified nurse with over 20 years teaching and curriculum development experience in clinical and academic settings to undergraduate and postgraduate students at several UK institutes and in the US.  Her research programme is designed to support the development and evaluation of innovation in clinical practice related to long-term conditions and she provides leadership in the field nationally and internationally.

Nicola is Vice-Chair for the Association of Prescribers and committee member for the International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research. Previously Nicola was a member of the HTA pharmaceutical panel and the NIHR grant awarding body Research for Patients Benefit (RfPB). Prior to joining UHI Nicola was Lead for the Long-Term Conditions and Ageing Cluster, and Reader in Long Term Conditions at the University of Surrey.


Nicola’s main areas of research expertise are the exploration of workforce development and chronic disease management using large scale survey methods and case study design. She has extensive experience in all aspects of the research process including study design, data collection, data analysis and report writing. Nicola has experience and skills in the use of a variety of research methodologies, including development of technology, systematic reviews and the analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data.

Project overview

Innovation in the Allied Health Professions: Evaluation of supplementary prescribing by dieticians and independent prescribing by therapeutic radiographers; Policy Research Programme Department of Health (2019-2023)

Improving the early detection of infection in nursing homes: an international collaborative approach Florence Nightingale Foundation Travel Scholarship (2019-2022)

Therapeutic Prescribing for optical professions- A rapid review of the literature General Optical Council (2021)

Ready2Drive Higher Education Innovation Funding (2021-2022)

Development of a core set of key performance indicators for older adult residential care for use with the social care platform Better Track SME Innovation voucher (2021)

Developing an innovative healthcare system for palliative care in Ethiopia: co-design and user testing of a mobile phone based remote monitoring system (E-PC) QR Global Challenges Research Fund, (2018-2020)


A list of publications can be viewed in PURE


  • PhD, MPH, BSc.(Hons), RGN, RM
  • Specialist Practitioner in Practice Nursing
  • Nurse Independent and Supplementary Prescriber

Professional bodies

  • NMC


  • Exploration of long-term conditions and workforce development,
  • Evaluation of implementation of non-doctor prescribing by nurses and other healthcare professionals in the UK in both primary and secondary care.
  • Conduct and management of multi-site studies and mixed methods research.


  • Supervision: MSc Dissertation, PhD
  • Non-medical prescribing
  • Quality Improvement