Debbie Waddell

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Accepting PhD Students


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Personal profile


Coming from a Community Nursing background, I am currently based in the Specialist Nursing and Midwifery team at Lanarkshire Campus, working predominantly into the post-registration Programme. My research career began with a PhD study at Glasgow Caledonian University to apply Normalisation Process Thoery to explore and explain the implementation of the CAUTI care bundle from the perspectives of  participating NHS Scotland acute sector staff.

This study contributes to the qualitative evidence regarding experiences of macro, meso and micro healthcare professional implementers of the CAUTI care bundle in NHS Scotland. It has revealed the challenges and complexity of implementing CAUTI care bundle into acute clinical practice.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Research expertise include: Healthcare Associated Infection, Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), Patient Experiences / Quality of Life, Implementation Science, Quality Improvement, Normalisation Process Theory and Qualitative research. 

Current research activities

IMpact of Practice on Life with an Indwelling Catheter - internATional Evaluation (IMPLICATE) 19/LO/1752 - International study with the Univeristy of Pennsylvania to examine the quality of life (QoL) of people living in the community who have a long-term (more than 28 days) urinary catheter.

Target collaborative organisations

NHS, Third Sector parties

Desired research direction

I am keen to continue research in the area of infection prevention, implementation science and quality of life experiences. I would like to develop collaborations and partnerships with local communities that will help to generate ideas and dveelopemnt of reserach, with the vision of enhancing care on a local, national and international platform.

Current teaching activities and interests

My current module leadership consist of:

  • MSc Research Health and Social Care
  • MSc Dissertation (HLS)

 In addition to the above leadership I also supervise several MSc Students and work across the Divisions of UWS and contribute to the BSc Adult Nursing programme. 


  • RT Nursing
  • Quality Improvement
  • Implementation Science
  • Quality of Life
  • Normalisation Process Theory


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