Heather Iles-Smith – Professor of Nursing

Heather Iles-Smith is a Clinical Academic who holds a Joint Chair of Nursing with the Northern Care Alliance (NCA) NHS Group and the School of Health and Society, University of Salford. Her role involves developing research capacity across the two organisations with a special focus on the nursing, midwifery and Allied Health Professions (AHP). This includes creating and implementing a clinical research careers strategy with a particular emphasis on clinical academic careers.

Heathers clinical background is as a cardiac and renal nurse. She is also an experienced Applied Health Researcher investigating the psychological wellbeing of patients with long term conditions, as well as health data and healthcare technologies. She is currently Chief Investigator for studies investigating the views of the public and staff related to, 1) sharing and linkage of their electronic healthcare records and consumer data, 2) NHS Care staff using their own Smart devices at work for work purposes. She is also a collaborator and doctoral supervisor as part of ‘AffecTech’ http://www.affectech.org/, a £4M Marie Curie Innovation Technology grant, investigating biofeedback and devices for anxiety and depression. She has a wealth of experience as a clinical mentor and supervisor to HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) applicants.

In response to the pandemic, Heather is a co-investigator on the NIHR COVID Nurse study, a randomised controlled trial of a nursing clinical guideline related to the care of COVID positive patients within secondary care.

Nationally, she is Chair of the NIHR Nursing and Midwifery Incubator, commissioned by the NIHR to develop strategies to build research capacity for nurses and midwives. Likewise, Heather is a member of the national Clinical Academic Roles and Career Pathways Implementation Network (CARINS) supported by the Council of Deans.

Postgraduate Research Supervision Interests

Women’s urinary continence, Anxiety, depression and wellbeing, digital health, long term conditions, supporting those pursuing a clinical academic career

Find out more about my work

Open Access: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/profile/59563

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0520-2694 


Long Term Conditions, Digital Health, Clinical Academic Careers