Staff profile

Stacey Westwood

Adult Nursing Lecturer

Stacey Westwood Lecturer in Pre-qualifying Health Care, Health and Social Care




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Nursing and Midwifery



I am a nursing lecturer on the BSc Adult Nursing course, primarily looking after students within their second year. I teach all aspects of nursing including anatomy and physiology, evidence based practice and clinical skills. Relating all these aspects within a simulated teaching environment, enabling students to link theory with clinical practice. All aspects of my teaching are linked with a local and national view within the nursing profession.

I was a nurse in the NHS for ten years, which has enabled me to to relate my teaching closely with clinical practice. I was an Intensive Care Nurse for 8 years within the biggest ICU in Europe (Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham) where I looked after a variety of critical care patients working on all four units (Cardiothoracic/ Trauma/ Neuro/ General and Liver). I became a professional development nurse within the critical care, focusing on education and training. During my 8 years I also worked in Saudi Arabia helping to create a cardiac centre, training and educating staff in the care of heart transplants and lung transplants whilst completing a role on a general ICU.

On return to the NHS I decided after 8 years to continue my role in education moving to Derby Teaching Hospitals where I became the Clinical Advisor to the Medicine division, training and educating staff of all levels within the division assisting the Divisional Nurse Director and assisiting the wider educational team. I realised that education was my passion and I am a great believer that to ensure safe, efficient, practitioners we must invest in education and promote the nursing profession in a wider context. This was the decision to move to Higher Education to train our future nurses within an ever changing healthcare system. 

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on the BSc Adult Nursing Programme on a variety of stages, however my main focus is Year 2. I have various responsibilities including Personal Academic Tutor to allocated students; Community Placement Lead to the South Derbyshire and an active team member within the nursing lecturing team. 

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Membership of professional bodies


International experience

I worked in Saudi Arabia from Jan 2011 - Jan 2012 as a registered nurse within critical care. The hospital I worked for was creating a Cardica Centre and I was employed to train and educate from a cardiothoracic experience. I also worked within their general intensive care, increasing my intensive care portfolio.

Recent publications

Westwood 2018 (In Press) "Pilot Study: Does exposure to death and dying or palliative care teaching, prepare students' for their first clinical experience".