Helen Rainey

Helen Rainey


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I joined the former University of Paisley in August 2002 as a Nurse lecturer on the Undergraduate Adult Nursing programme. Following the merger I continued in this role until 2012, when I became more actively involved in the BA integrated Public Service programme. I am now the Programme Leader of this programme, which following validation in 2015 is now the BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care and BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care with Administration. This will continue to develop on the successes of its predecessor, which was still a relatively new programme within the university.

Within the programme, I am actively involved in the management and teaching and continually strive to ensure that a student-centred approach to learning and teaching is maintained throughout the programme and at all levels. The programme recognises the asset based that students can bring to the programme with a strength of being co-produced along with students.

The programme is a fully articulated degree and the staff recognise the transformational learning that can take place both for stakk and students.

Prior to commencement in higher education, I worked in clinical practice for 14 years with 6 years of these as a ward sister. My field of practice was general medical, working in Acute medical Receiving, Respiratory and Gastro-enterology and laterly Acute Stroke, where I was involved in the development and opening of an Acute Stroke Unit within a large Glasgow Hospital.

Desired research direction

My desired research direction is around the integration agenda particuarly within health and social care. This will incorporate a number of areas which inlcudes education and housing to improve outcomes for people who utilise services and their families.

I am also interested in exploring the work-force of the future partiuclary within in public services and the evolving and changing roles along with exploring the hidden talent that is often within services, which if recognised, nurtured and developed could make a valuable contribution to integrated services.

Research around educational experiences of wider access and articualation students is also an area of interested for myself,

I am keen to be involved in research collaboratively with other colleagues from different interprofessional backgrounds to both inform myself and the research.

Target collaborative organisations

The organisations I would like to collaborate with from a national perspective is Alliance (Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland) and Health Improvement Scotland with links already being established.

From an international perspective this is with the International Foundation of integraed Care (IFIC). Links have already been made in relation to educational links and would hope that this could lead on to research collaborations.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Integration of Services

Experiences of articulation and wider access students

Student support


External positions

External Examiner, University of the Highlands and Islands

1 Sep 201831 Aug 2022


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