Dr Rachel Erskine

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Programme Leader MA Health & WellbeingExternal interests, member of associations, advisor etcResearch Supervision

Dr Rachel Tearse

e: rachel.erskine@uhi.ac.uk
t: 01851 770491

Lews Castle College, University of the Highlands & Islands, Faculty of Science, Health and Education

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Research interests

  • The epidemiology of common mental disorders (depressive episodes, anxiety states, alcohol & substance misuse, dementia, learning disability and autistic spectrum disorders) within the remote & rural areas of Scotland.
  • The social and cultural associates and determinants of common mental health disorders as presented in the remote & rural communities of Scotland, with particular reference to issues of social inclusion/ exclusion and health inequalities.

External interests, member of associations, advisor 

Member of:

  • Educational Institute of Scotland
  • Institute of Rural Health
  • Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Reviewer for Journal of Primary Health Care

Research Projects

  • Rachel Tearse (2005) Depressive Symptoms in Ischaemic Heart Disease in the Western Isles of Scotland. PhD thesis UHI.
  • 2012-2013 Northern Periphery Project NHS Western Isles arm of Recruit & Retain: Developing Solutions, Products and Services to Address Recruitment and Retention Issues in Remote and Rural Areas of the Northern Periphery Programme Area.
  • 2010 - 2012 Raising the Health and Wellbeing of Pupils at Tolsta Primary School: Testing the Efficacy of a Cost Effective Model Designed to improve Health and Wellbeing of School Aged Children.

Research Supervision

  • Supervisor for: Amy Nimegeer (2011) Effectively engaging remote communities for health care service design. PhD thesis UHI.
  • Supervisor for: Margaret Tannahill (2011) The perceptions and attitudes towards infection prevention and control education among managers and care staff in care home settings for older people. MSc Infection Control Thesis.
  • Supervisor for: Diane Mackenzie (2011) Nature or nurture? The unknown aetiology of autism and its increasing prevalence. BA (hons) Child & Youth Studies Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Karen Shane (2010) What are the factors that pertain to the Highlands and Islands in relation to the diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders and its educational impacts? BA (hons) Child & Youth Studies Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Rea Alves (2010) Exploration of knowledge and understanding of infection prevention and control among community midwives within their practice. MSc Infection Control thesis UHI.
  • Supervisor for: Sybil Solomon (2007) Investigating compliance with antibiotic prescribing guidelines for elderly patients in long term care facilities. MSc Infection Control thesis UHI.
  • Supervisor for: Elizabeth Paterson (2006) Are nurses able to diagnose wound infection for surgical site infection surveillance. Msc Infection Control thesis UHI.
  • Supervisor for: James Falconer Flint (2015) The study of the historical development of social provision within the Western Isles subsequent to the Poor Law (Scotland) Act 1845. PhD Thesis.
  • Supervisor for: Marion Baldie (2013) Is it safe to use damp towels to turn off taps in the clinical setting? MSc Infection, Prevention and Control Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Jeanette Thomas (2013) What factors influence the infection prevention link staff role and is this reflected in their clinical area? MSc Infection, Prevention and Control Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Gill Teft (2013) Evaluation and utility of education programmes & materials for those with poor numeracy in X different countries: What's in a number? MA Health & Wellbeing Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Laura Bradshaw (2013) Does having a child with additional needs in mainstream education have an impact on how a teacher can teach other pupils in the classroom? BA (hons) Child & Youth Studies Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Dawn Edwards (2013) What are the challenges for those young people on the Autistic Spectrum when leaving school? BA (hons) Health Studies Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Lisa Mackay (2013) Breakfast clubs - do children who eat breakfast improve their academic outcome? BA (hons) Health Studies Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Barbara O'Brien (2013) Teachers' perceptions of ADHD and the impact of this disorder in a classroom. BA (hons) Child & Youth Studies Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Caroline Conneely (2012) Decontamination of infant formula bottles in hospital. MSc Medical Device Decontamination Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Fiona Adams (2012) Sexual health education in primary schools in Scotland: An examination of parental attitudes. BA (hons) Health Studies Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Jenny Roberts (2012) Could the screening of the mental health of teenagers in schools reduce the number of young men committing suicide in the UK? BA (hons) Health Studies Dissertation.

Publications

Journal publications

Teft, G. McCulloch, K. MacRury, S. Tearse, R. Leslie, I.
(2007) Online education for diabetes healthcare professionals. Journal of Diabetes Nursing. 11, (2), pp. 59-62.

Conference Presentation

Davies, G. Tearse, R. (2012) Raising the Health and Wellbeing of Primary School Aged Children in the Western Isles. UHI Research Conference Mapping the Past and Charting the Future Presentation.

Thursday 8th November, UHI, Inverness.

Conference Publications

Davies, G. Tearse, R. (2012) Raising the Health and Wellbeing of Primary School Aged Children in the Western Isles. UHI Research Conference Mapping the Past and Charting the Future Programme and Information. UHI, Inverness.

  • The epidemiology of common mental disorders (depressive episodes, anxiety states, alcohol & substance misuse, dementia, learning disability and autistic spectrum disorders) within the remote & rural areas of Scotland.
  • The social and cultural associates and determinants of common mental health disorders as presented in the remote & rural communities of Scotland, with particular reference to issues of social inclusion/ exclusion and health inequalities.

Member of

  • Educational Institute of Scotland
  • Institute of Rural Health
  • Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Reviewer for Journal of Primary Health Care
  • Rachel Tearse (2005) Depressive Symptoms in Ischaemic Heart Disease in the Western Isles of Scotland. PhD thesis UHI.
  • 2012-2013 Northern Periphery Project NHS Western Isles arm of Recruit & Retain: Developing Solutions, Products and Services to Address Recruitment and Retention Issues in Remote and Rural Areas of the Northern Periphery Programme Area.
  • 2010 - 2012 Raising the Health and Wellbeing of Pupils at Tolsta Primary School: Testing the Efficacy of a Cost Effective Model Designed to improve Health and Wellbeing of School Aged Children.
  • Supervisor for: Amy Nimegeer (2011) Effectively engaging remote communities for health care service design. PhD thesis UHI.
  • Supervisor for: Margaret Tannahill (2011) The perceptions and attitudes towards infection prevention and control education among managers and care staff in care home settings for older people. MSc Infection Control Thesis.
  • Supervisor for: Diane Mackenzie (2011) Nature or nurture? The unknown aetiology of autism and its increasing prevalence. BA (hons) Child & Youth Studies Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Karen Shane (2010) What are the factors that pertain to the Highlands and Islands in relation to the diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders and its educational impacts? BA (hons) Child & Youth Studies Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Rea Alves (2010) Exploration of knowledge and understanding of infection prevention and control among community midwives within their practice. MSc Infection Control thesis UHI.
  • Supervisor for: Sybil Solomon (2007) Investigating compliance with antibiotic prescribing guidelines for elderly patients in long term care facilities. MSc Infection Control thesis UHI.
  • Supervisor for: Elizabeth Paterson (2006) Are nurses able to diagnose wound infection for surgical site infection surveillance. Msc Infection Control thesis UHI.
  • Supervisor for: James Falconer Flint (2015) The study of the historical development of social provision within the Western Isles subsequent to the Poor Law (Scotland) Act 1845. PhD Thesis.
  • Supervisor for: Marion Baldie (2013) Is it safe to use damp towels to turn off taps in the clinical setting? MSc Infection, Prevention and Control Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Jeanette Thomas (2013) What factors influence the infection prevention link staff role and is this reflected in their clinical area? MSc Infection, Prevention and Control Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Gill Teft (2013) Evaluation and utility of education programmes & materials for those with poor numeracy in X different countries: What's in a number? MA Health & Wellbeing Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Laura Bradshaw (2013) Does having a child with additional needs in mainstream education have an impact on how a teacher can teach other pupils in the classroom? BA (hons) Child & Youth Studies Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Dawn Edwards (2013) What are the challenges for those young people on the Autistic Spectrum when leaving school? BA (hons) Health Studies Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Lisa Mackay (2013) Breakfast clubs - do children who eat breakfast improve their academic outcome? BA (hons) Health Studies Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Barbara O'Brien (2013) Teachers' perceptions of ADHD and the impact of this disorder in a classroom. BA (hons) Child & Youth Studies Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Caroline Conneely (2012) Decontamination of infant formula bottles in hospital. MSc Medical Device Decontamination Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Fiona Adams (2012) Sexual health education in primary schools in Scotland: An examination of parental attitudes. BA (hons) Health Studies Dissertation.
  • Supervisor for: Jenny Roberts (2012) Could the screening of the mental health of teenagers in schools reduce the number of young men committing suicide in the UK? BA (hons) Health Studies Dissertation.