Staff profile

Professor Stephen Wordsworth

Interim Deputy Dean for the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Stephen Wordsworth presenting at his Inaugural Lecture




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Nursing and Midwifery



As Interim Deputy Dean for the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care, I am responsible for the day-to-day planing, delivery and quality of the teaching, learning and research activities within the School. I am responsible for ensuring that students experience is good and that all of our students are engaged and successful learners. 

I lead a fantastic team of dedicated staff, and as well management of people and resources, I am responsible for the strategy and direction of the School, as well as being a member of the College Executive team.

As a member of the University Professorial Council, I help to implement University-wide policy and procedures to increase the impact and capacity for research, scholarship and innovation.

I originally qualified as an Operating Department Practitioner and to date, I am the only ODP in the UK to be awarded the title of Professor.

Professional interests

I am interested in many aspects of health and social care education, particularly in relation to concepts of professionalism, regulation and patient safety. I work across a range of health professional groups around innovative curriculum and practice development.

Research interests

My research interests are broad, and I have worked on projects to explore access to higher education and to the health professions. I have worked on curriculum innovation and learning and teaching design and implementation, and I am interested in student choice and participation. From my initial work in the operating theatre, I retain a keen interest in public and patient safety.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

I have been invited to speak and present at a number of conferences and symposium including:

Experience in industry

I have acted as an External Examiner for a number of UK universities ranging from Diploma to Masters qualifications in subjects related to health and social care, operating and perioperative department practice.

I am a registrant Council Member (Non-Executive Director) of the Health and Professions Council and I have Chaired the Education and Training Committee responsible for the development and assessment of national standards for Education and Training and Standards of Proficiency across 15 professional groups.

I am currently a member of the newly formed Performance and Governance Group at the HCPC and I have sat on the Remuneration Committee and Communications Committee.

Previous to my work with the HCPC I have worked with the College of Operating Department Practitioners as a Board Member and worked on projects around statutory regulation, scope of practice, and co-authored the first national curriculum framework.

I have acted as a Subject Expert for TEF subject panel pilot and provided consultancy both to UK HEIs and government, as well as some international consultancy work.

International experience

I have been fortunate to work on several international projects including collaborations and partnerships with a number of overseas partners. These included Higher Education partnerships with other international universities, colleges, and public and private sector businesses. This also included a franchise partnership in nursing and midwifery in Greece, and progressional agreement for MA to PhD also in Greece. As well as, external accreditations in the UAE and franchise and dual awards in Malaysia and collaborative provision in Mauritius. I have also led seminars and workshops in the UAE, Saudia Arabia, Kuwait, and India. 

Recent publications

student nurses training in a hospital ward

Professor Stephen Wordsworth, Head of School, Nursing and Professional Practice, explains why a March start could make all the difference to your nursing career.