Staff profile

Dr Charlie Whiffin

Senior Lecturer in Pre Qualifying Health Care




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Nursing and Professional Practice




Derby Campus



Senior Lecturer in pre-qualifying health care.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across a range of interprofessional subject areas specialising in research and evidence-based practice.  Within these subject areas I deliver a full range of topics from qualitative methods and methodologies to quantitative approaches and statistical analysis.  Other teaching areas include head injuries, long-term neurological conditions, alcohol related health issues, problem-based learning and a range of clinical skills.  

Currently I am module leader for:

Professional interests

My principal research interests lie in how families are affected by head injury.  I pursued this interest through doctoral study with the University of Southampton and hold a PhD entitled “A study of family transition in the first year post-head injury: perspectives of the non-injured members”.  Additional research expertise include the use of narrative inquiry methodologies and the value of pre-nursing care experience in nurse education.

Research interests

Current research interests include:

  • The impact of head injury on the family
  • Use of narrative inquiry to inform and support healthcare practice
  • Pre-nursing care experience


Membership of professional bodies

  • Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Graduate Entry Nursing International Network: Lead for policy & practice



Recent conferences

July 2018: Oral presentation: "An exploration of biographical narratives and identity change following Traumatic Brain Injury“ Research Showcase University of Derby Presentation Available

September 2016: Oral presentation: An evaluation of a pre-nursing experience project in the East Midlands: A collaborative project – phase 1, Nurse Education Today, Cambridge.

May 2016: Oral presentation: The evolution of self in the presence of illness and injury: using narrative inquiry to facilitate our understanding, Qualitative Methods Conference Glasgow Presentation Available

January 2012: Poster presentation: A narrative case study of family transition up to one year following head injury [WIP], Society for Research in Rehabilitation, Ely, Cambridgeshire Poster Available

Recent publications

Whiffin, C.J., Baker, D. Henshaw, L., Nichols, J. & Pyer, M. (2018) ‘Am I a student or a Health Care Assistant?’ A qualitative evaluation of a programme of pre‐nursing care experience. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 74(11) pp.2610-2621 doi/10.1111/jan.13788

Whiffin, C.J., Ellis-Hill, C.E., Bailey, C., Jarrett, N. & Hutchinson, P.J. (published online 2017) We are not the same people we used to be: An exploration of family biographical narratives and identity change following traumatic brain injury., Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Full Text Link 

Whiffin, C.J., Clarke, H., Brundrett, H., Baker, D. & Whitehead, B. (2017) Collaborative development of an accelerated graduate entry nursing programme outside of traditional funding mechanisms, Nurse Education in Practice , Vol. 28,pp.314-317, doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2017.09.017

Kenward, L., Whiffin, C., Spalek, B., (2017). Feeling unsafe in the healthcare setting: patients’ perspectives. British Journal of Nursing 26, 143–149, doi:10.12968/bjon.2017.26.3.143  

Whiffin, C.J., Bailey, C., Ellis-Hill, C., Jarrett, N., (2014). Challenges and solutions during analysis in a longitudinal narrative case study. Nurse Researcher 21, 20–62, doi:10.7748/nr2014. Full Text Link

Whiffin, C.J., Bailey, C., Ellis-Hill, C., Jarrett, N., Hutchinson, P.J., (2015). Narratives of family transition during the first year post-head injury: perspectives of the non-injured members. Journal of Advanced Nursing 71, 849–859. doi:10.1111/jan.12551 Full Text Link

Whiffin, C.J., Hasselder, A., (2013). Making the link between critical appraisal, thinking and analysis. British Journal of Nursing 22, 831–835. doi:10.12968/bjon.2013.22.14.831 Full Text Link

Whiffin, C. (2012) A study of family transition in the first year post-head injury: perspectives of the non-injured members. University of Southampton, Faculty of Health Sciences, Doctoral Thesis, Full Text Link

Clark, C., Brown, J., Bailey, C. and Hutchinson, P. (2009) Supporting families in the context of adult traumatic brain injury, British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 5(5) pp 216 - 220

Clark, C. (2005) Health and alcohol use: Educational innovations, Journal of Substance Use 10(4) pp 199 – 206

Hollinworth, H., Clark, C., Harland, R., Johnson, L. and Partington, G. (2005) Understanding the arousal of anger: a patient-centred approach Nursing Standard 19(37) pp 41-47

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The impact of a traumatic brain injury on an individual and their family can be devastating enough, and a sense of isolation at any time can exacerbate that. The restrictions of the coronavirus lockdown have caused us all to experience the feeling of being isolated over the past year, so what has been the effect of that on those who are recovering from TBI?

Traumatic brain injuries and the impact they have on families has recently been debated in Parliament, with politicians crying out for more support for those affected. But what support can be offered and how complex is the situation? Charlie Whiffin, Senior Lecturer in Pre-qualifying Health Care at the University of Derby, explores.