Dr. Karen Smith

Nurse consultant cardiology/ Clinical research fellow


School of Nursing & Midwifery
11 Airlie Place,

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Karen Smith is currently employed in a joint appointment as a Nurse consultant between the School of Nursing and health Sciences, University of Dundee and the Cardiology Department within NHS Tayside.

Karen has been active in the field of cardiovascular nursing since 1987.  In 1990 she was awarded a Part Time research fellowship from the SODOH, which led to the completion of a Ph.D.  Her clinical remit involves leading the development and evaluation of cardiac nursing services, which is complemented by research and teaching in the School of Nursing and health sciences.  In 2000 she became a Nurse Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology for her contribution to cardiovascular nursing through practice , education and Research.  She held the post as the lead clinician for the Managed clinical network for Coronary Heart Disease, NHS Tayside from 2004 to 2007.    

Karen remains active in education, research and clinical practice in cardiovascular nursing, supervising and supporting nurses both in clinical practice and within higher education. She is committed to supporting the development of research capacity and capability within NMAHP’s and has combined this with the development and evaluation of person centred cardiovascular nursing services. 


The research interests include the exploration of patients' and carers' experiences of illness and care delivery in cardiovascular care, and to develop and evaluate nursing interventions to improve quality of life and quality of care. Core aspects of this include the understanding of patients' and carers' perceptions and experiences of illness and care: how these affect quality of life, and the development of nursing roles and services which enhance quality of life and promote self-management of long term conditions and rehabilitation.  Understanding what influences patients decision making in relation to engaging in rehabilitation and recovery programmes has also been part of this work.  Studies have alos allowed participation in the development and evaluation of an instrument to measure quality of life (HEARTQOL) and the evaluation and modification or CR interventions in collaboration with international leaders in cardiovascular research.    

Wider professional activities

Karen has been actively involved in professional organizations, national working groups focusing on cardiac service provision. This has included the position as Chair of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) working group on Cardiovascular Nursing (2000-2002). She has been an active member of various strategic working groups for CHD services within the Scottish Government, SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network) and Quality Improvement Scotland (QIS) and contributed to the development and evaluation of services and national standards for CHD.  She currently sits on the Familial Arrhythmia Network Scotland (FANS) steering group, with a remit to take forward a subgroup for NMAHPS to support service development, explore patient experience and organise educational events for the health care teams.   She is also a current member of the editorial board for the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.


She is actively involved in education of health care teams locally and nationally and is module leader for  a post-registration, post graduate and CPD course  Current perspectives in Cardiovascular Care  a course which has attracted nurses form acute and community care, GP’s, AHP’s including pharmacists, cardiac physiologists, paramedics and ambulance technician. She regularly organises and delivers multi -professional ECG and rhythm interpretation courses, and was involved in the development of on line educational materials through Heart-E, a national online learning resource.  Within the school she also contributes on a sessional basis to other post reg, post graduate and  clinical skills courses. 

Current funding

Current Funding


Active grants

Development of Interventions to reduce patient delay with symptoms of Acute

Coronary Syndrome: identifying optimal content and mode of delivery  CSO Funded £221,668

Health improvement fellowship with Prof Jones  £10,000 through TASC

 A number of grants are under development or review at present  for NIHR and BHF


HERBER, O. R., SMITH, K., WHITE, M. AND JONES, M. C. (2017), ‘Just not for me’ – contributing factors to nonattendance/noncompletion at phase III cardiac rehabilitation in acute coronary syndrome patients: a qualitative enquiry. J Clin Nurs. doi:10.1111/jocn.13722

FARQUHARSON B, JOHNSTON M, SMITH K, WILLIAMS B, TREWEEK S, DOMBROWSKI SU, DOUGALL N & ABHYANKAR P (2017) Reducing patient delay in Acute Coronary Syndrome (RAPiD): Research protocol for a web-based Randomised Controlled Trial examining the effect of a behaviour change intervention, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73 (5), pp. 1220-1234.

EYRE, V. , LANG, C. , SMITH, K. , JOLLY, K. , DAVIS, R. , HAYWARD, C. , WINGHAM, J. , ABRAHAM, C. , GREEN, C. , WARREN, F. C. , BRITTEN, N. , GREAVES, C. J. , DOHERTY, P. , AUSTIN, J. , VAN LINGEN, R. , SINGH, S. , BUCKINGHAM, S. , PAUL, K. , TAYLOR, R. S. , DALAL, H. M. & 1 others on behalf of the REACH-HF investigators (2016)  Rehabilitation Enablement in Chronic Heart Failure—a facilitated self-care rehabilitation intervention in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (REACH-HFpEF) and their caregivers: rationale and protocol for a single-centre pilot randomised controlled trial In : BMJ Open. 6, p. 1-11 11 p., e012853

O’NEILL.L, SMITH K , CURRIE, PF,  ELDER DHJ,  WEI L LANG C.C. 2014 Nurse-led Early Triage (NET) study of chest pain patients: a long term evaluation study of a service development aimed at improving the management of patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes  European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs 2014 vol. 13 no. 3 253-260 (epub 2013 doi: 10.1177/1474515113488026)

MUNYOMBWE T,  • HOFER • S,  FITZSIMONS D,•. THOMPSON • DR, LANE D,  • SMITH • K ASTIN F 2013  An evaluation of the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire using Rasch analysis Qual Life Res DOI 10.1007/s11136-013-0617-0

ZETTA S SMITH K, JONES M, ALLCOAT P, SULLIVAN  F. Evaluating the Angina Plan in Patients admitted to      hospital with Angina: A Randomised Controlled trial F Cardiovascular Therapeutics Volume 29, Issue 2, pages 112–124, April 2011

OLDRIDGE N1, HÖFER S, MCGEE H, CONROY R, DOYLE F, SANER H; (for the HeartQoL Project Investigators*). The HeartQoL: part II. Validation of a new core health-related quality of life questionnaire for patients with ischemic heart disease. 2014 Eur J Prev Cardiol. Jan;21(1):98-106. doi: 10.1177/2047487312450545. Epub 2012 Jul 20.

NEIL OLDRIDGE, STEFAN HÖFER, HANNAH MCGEE, RONAN CONROY, FRANK DOYLE, HUGO SANER, (FOR THE HEARTQOL PROJECT INVESTIGATORS*)  The HeartQoL: Part I. Development of a new core health-related quality of life questionnaire for patients with ischemic heart disease (2012) European Journal of Preventive Cardiology Vol 21, Issue 1, pp. 90 – 97 2012


2017  Cardiac rehabilitation national event invited speaker

2017  EHRA (European Heart Rhythm Association)  EUROPACE – CARDIOSTIM - Invited speaker

2017       BRITISH CARDIOVASCULAR SOCIETY Annual congress Manchester

                **Team  received  BHF 2017 integrated Care Awards for arrhythmia service

2016 SHARP annual conference ( poster presentations x2)

2016 Scottish cardiac society  -  spring and autumn meetings  -  invited  chair

2016 UK resuscitation council  - instructors annual congress

2015 British association of Nurses in cardiovascular care (BANCC)  Annual congress  presentation

2015 National Cardiac rehabilitation event . meeting the 2020 vision – invited speaker

(2013) (2009) (2006). CRIGS  Annual Congress - Invited speaker.

(2013) Familial arrhythmia network Scotland (FANS) National Conference symposium Invited speaker.