Staff profile

Dr Charlie Whiffin

Associate Professor in Nursing

Charlie Whiffin




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Nursing and Midwifery




Derby Campus



I am an Associate Professor in Nursing with a specialist interest in the impact of traumatic brain injury on the family. I am currently the chief investigator for an NIHR Research for Patient Benefit study examining a novel storytelling technique to improve family well-being and adjustment. I am also a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge investigating the role of non-medical providers in the provision of safe effective neurosurgical care in low-and middle-income countries with the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Acquired Brain and Spine Injuries. I am an expert in qualitative research and lead author of Neuro_Qual a free online resource for qualitative research in neurosurgery.

Teaching responsibilities

I supervise a range of PhD and Professional Doctorates both internally and externally. Please contact me if you are interested in commencing your doctorate and have an interest in the subjective experience of brain injury and its impact on families.

Professional interests

My principal research interests lie in how families are affected by traumatic brain injury. I pursued this interest through a 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 includes the use of narrative inquiry methodologies and the value of pre-nursing care experience in nurse education.

I am Co-Chair and founder of Anchor Point, a national association working to improve the lives of families after acquired brain injury.

Research interests

Current research interests include:

  • Improving the lives of families after acquired brain injury
  • Community engagement and involvement
  • Use of narrative inquiry to inform and support healthcare practice
  • Research capacity building in Low- and Middle-Income countries
  • Qualitative methods

Membership of professional bodies

  • Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Co-Chair of Anchor Point and lead for the strategy working group


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Trustee and Director for Headway Derby

In the media

Recent publications

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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.