Dr. Ruth Astbury recently started a secondment within the School as a Lecturer/Practitioner in order to lead the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, School Nursing Programme. Up until now Ruth has always been in practice. She is a qualified Adult Nurse, Midwife, School Nurse, Health Visitor and Lecturer/Practice Educator; who currently supports Health Visitors and School Nurses in the NW Sector of Glasgow as their Practice Development Nurse. Her post with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde also includes supervising trainee Practice Teachers and supporting the development of the NHS Board Children & Families Area Research Group.
Ruth has also participated in a number of programmes alongside her practice, including completing a Clinical Doctorate Programme at the University of Stirling in 2015. A paper, which has recently been accepted for publication by the Journal of Clinical Nursing, reflects part of her research study which ‘explored the processes which support shared decision making when parents and health visitors are planning to improve the wellbeing of babies and children – within the context of Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC)’.
Over the last 15 years she has also participated in various research projects, in a number of different roles by supporting studies in clinical areas where she has worked. This has created opportunities for her to work with, and to learn from, experienced researchers . She collected data for the Evaluation of the West of Scotland Family Health Record, facilitated the Breastfeeding in Groups (BiG) Trial, and analysed data in a Leadership in Community Nursing project. Ruth is based in Paisley Campus, two days each week.