Dr Bill Whitehead

Position: Deputy Dean of College of Health and Social Care

College: College of Health and Social Care

Department: Health Care Practice

Research Centre: Health and Social Care Research Centre

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Dr Bill Whitehead is Deputy Dean of the College of Health and Social Care.  The Dean of College is Dr Paula Holt. The college has more than 130 academic staff. There are 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, OT, 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 Bill has a particularly interest in the organisational structures within the healthcare industry related to supporting newly qualified nurses and practice and clinical education in general.

Teaching responsibilities

  • Supervisor for several PhD and professional docorate students.

Professional interests

  • Clinical nurse education, preceptorship, research philosophy, nursing ethics

Research interests

  • Clinical nurse education, preceptorship

Membership of professional bodies

  • NMC RNA and teacher
  • HEA Fellow
  • National General Secretary of the Clinical Nurse Educator Network www.derby.ac.uk/CNEnet


  • BA( Hons) History and Politics
  • PhD in Adult Education
  • RGN
  • RNT
  • FHEA

Recent publications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Practised as a hospital based nurse and educator from 1987 to 2005.  Maintain a close involvement with the healthcare industry through local partnership working and national networks such as the Clinical Nurse Educator network. 

International experience

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