Heather Solley

Heather Solley


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I am currently an Adult Nurse Lecturer with University of the West of Scotland since 2009 and a fellow of Higher Education Teaching Academy.  I have been a registered nurse since 1986, where I specialised in acute surgical nursing until commencing midwifery.  As a registered midwife I practiced mostly in the community.  I later went on to study commumity nursing gaining my Diploma in District Nursing, then later an Honours Degree in Public Health Nursing. This enable me to focus on the areas that most interest me, whilst continuing to practice within the community, that is, health promotional activities especially with vulnerable people and the school age population.

Area of academic expertise - outline

My area of interest and expertise is Public Health Nursing, in particular young people.  My master’s degree focussed on many aspects of teenage health.  My research focussed on the health and well-being of school children, then ultimately comparing findings to another European country (Finland).

Current research activities

My interest is in Public Health Nursing and would like to see this area develop within the pre-registration programme.  I currently teach lifestyle influences within year two of the pre-registration programme.

I would like to evaluate the new recruitment programme for pre-registration nurses from a lecturing and student view point.

Desired research direction

I would like to study particular lifestyle issues, that effect public health within the pre-registration programme to help student nurses take ownership of their own health, to help them to help others to make positive changes in their health.

I am interested in student nurse recruitment and one of my responsiblities is adult nurse recruitment in Dumfries Campus.  I would like to evaluate a change in the recruitment process, that commenced 2017, with other colleagues.


Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

My knowledge within acute nursing is within surgical, having spent many years working in acute surgical wards, surgical HDU and surgical ICU.  I then spent most of my career working within the community where I advocated for teenage health, working within schools, youth clinics and sexual health.

Within education I feel, as well as teaching student nurses the pathophysiology of disease and treatment, that it is just important to teach about illness prevention and ownership of personal responsibility towards your own health.

Student nurse recruitment is also an area of interest for me.  I am part of the admissions team at Dumfries Campus and have been involved in planning the new student recruitment process.  I organise applicant information events and school events to help inform young people about a career in nursing to help enable inform them to make important career choices.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • RT Nursing


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