Prestigious award for nurse

Seonaid Mackay, of the University of Stirling, receiving her award at the RCN International Research Conference in London.

Seonaid Mackay, of the University of Stirling, receiving her award at the RCN International Research Conference in London.

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University of Stirling postgraduate student and nurse, Seonaid Mackay, has won a prestigious research award at the RCN International Research Conference in London.

Seonaid, who is studying for a Masters (MRes) in Health Research at Stirling’s Western Isles Campus in Stornoway, was presented with The RCN Research Society Marjorie Simpson New Researchers’ Award 2012, for her dissertation work involving new research to benefit patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Seonaid’s work, supervised by Professor Angus Watson, is concerned with the use of telehealth, a range of technologies which enables remote health monitoring and remote clinician-patient consultations. Her proposed research is focused on assessing whether people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in remote and rural populations may benefit from telehealth – in terms of improved clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction – by helping them overcome barriers such as isolation, travel time and lost work time.