Staff profile

Dr Bill Whitehead

Associate lecturer

Dr Bill Whitehead at Parliamentary Reception for launch of NMC Standards


Health, Social, and Community Work, Nursing




Derby Campus, St Helena, Chesterfield



I am currently providing a variety of associate lecturer duties for the university.  These include doctoral and PhD supervision and teaching.  I am also an educational consultant and research project lead elsewhere.

Most recently I provided clinical leadership for the University of Derby Covid 19 Asymptomatic Testing Sites.

Prior to that role, I was deputy dean with leadership responsibility for research, clinical education, international and income generation at the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care.  Before that, I worked at the university in a number of roles including head of the School of Nursing.

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.  I am a founder member and national general secretary of the UK Clinical Nurse Educator Network.

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Experience in industry

I practised as a hospital-based (Derby and Oxford) 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). 

I am currently providing educational consultancy and research project leadership services for a number of universities.

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Recent publications

Three nursing students working in the University's mock ward

Dr Bill Whitehead, Deputy Dean of the College of Health and Social Care at the University of Derby, discusses the importance of the transition period for student nurses to registered nurses in order to retain vital nursing staff.

Student nurses talking to each other

How different is it from being a student nurse to a registered nurse in practice? Dr Bill Whitehead at the University of Derby explains the transition.

Clear Syringe

Dr Bill Whitehead, Head of Department of Health Care Practice at the University of Derby, explains why there is a nursing shortage and what can be done.