Staff profile

Dr Bill Whitehead

Deputy Dean of College of Health and Social Care

Photo of Bill Whitehead presenting an award off camera


Health, Social, and Community Work


St Helena, Chesterfield, Britannia Mill, Derby Campus, Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am the Deputy Dean of the College of Health and Social Care. The college has more than 130 academic staff and we have over 2000 students studying with us. The programmes consist of undergraduate occupational therapy (OT), therapeutic arts, counselling and psychotherapy, social work, youth work, nursing, nursing associate, radiography, sonography, and assistant practitioner pre-qualification programmes. We deliver return to practice programmes for nursing, OT and radiography. Courses also include post-graduate and post-registration programmes for social work, therapeutic arts, nursing, occupational therapy, radiography, health visiting, district nursing, school nursing, sonography, nurse teaching, advanced practitioner, non-medical prescribing and many more. The academic range is from foundation degree to PhD and professional doctorates. 

The college of Health and Social Care has an active research centre and I have a particular interest in the organisational structures within the healthcare industry related to supporting newly qualified nurses and practice and clinical education in general.

Teaching responsibilities

Professional interests

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I practised as a hospital based nurse and educator from 1987 to 2005. I maintain a close involvement with the healthcare industry through local partnership working and national networks such as the Clinical Nurse Educator network (CNEnet). 

International experience

In the media

12th March 2018 interviewed by Sky News about Brexit and NHS

Recent publications

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