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 Adult BSc Nursing team at Lanarkshire Campus, working predominantly into the pre-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.

Current research activities

  • Quality of Life perspectives with adults related to long-term urinary catheterisation
  • Investigating and analysing the factors which lead to the successful implementation and embedding of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) care bundles in the acute care setting of NHS Scotland 
  • Scottish Reduction in Antimicrobial Prescribing (ScRAP) Update 2016  - education and training resource development for management of urinary tract infections


Area of academic expertise - outline

Interested in research relating to:

-Healthcare Associated Infection

-Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI)

-Patient Experiences

-Healthcare perspectives

-Implementation Science

-Quality Improvement

Target collaborative organisations

-NHS Scotland

-Healthcare Improvement Scotland

-Healthcare Protection Scotland

-Third Sector parties

Desired research direction

I am keen to continue research in the area of infection prevention, implementation science and client/carer perspectives. 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.

External positions

Working Group Member, Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SCRAP2)

Board Member, Scottish Urinary Tract Infection Network


  • RT Nursing
  • Quality Improvement
  • Implementation Science


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