Ruth is a nurse and health service researcher. Her research focuses on understanding how complex nursing and interprofessional interventions contribute to healthcare delivery, patient outcome, and patient experience of care, particularly for older people and those with long term conditions.
Ruth graduated as a registered nurse with a BSc (Hons) at King’s College London before completing a MSc and PhD, also at King’s. Her clinical background is in acute medical nursing and care of older people. She worked as a primary nurse in a King’s Fund funded Nursing Development Unit and as the senior primary nurse/ward manager in a nursing-led intermediate care unit and an acute care of older people ward. She has worked in a range of research posts in the NHS and academia with responsibility to lead research and build research capacity. These include Deputy/Acting Director of the National Nursing Research Unit at King’s College London and Professor of Nursing Practice and Innovation at Kingston University and St. George’s, University of London.
Ruth is particularly interested in evaluating complex care interventions and approaches to organising care delivery. Most of her work uses mixed methods and she has expertise in realist synthesis and evaluation.
Her current and recently completed work includes the first national evaluation of intentional rounding in the UK, a study to evaluate the feasibility and impact of patients, carers and staff collaborating to develop and implement changes to increase supervised and independent therapeutic patient activity in acute stroke units [https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/programmes/hsdr/1311495/#/ ] and a realist synthesis of leadership of complex integrated care systems [ https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/programmes/hsdr/180106/#/ ]
Ruth is Chair of the RCN Research Society, a member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Trainees Coordinating Centre Doctoral Research Fellowship Panel (TCCDRF), a member of the Council of Deans for Health Research Advisory Group, an associate editor of the International Journal of Nursing Studies and a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS).