Staff profile

Dr Wendy Wesson

Discipline Lead/ Head of Post Registration Health Care Practice




College of Health and Social Care


School of Nursing and Professional Practice


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Management responsibilities for staff within the post registration health care practice team. Overseeing undergraduate and postgraduate programme development and delivery, including Learning Beyond Registration provision. 

Leading the development of curricula with health and social care partners related to specialist and advanced practice, particularly in relation to the development of the Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

Wendy is an experienced District Nurse and community practice educator.  She is currently practicing as a hospice at home nurse and has extensive community experience in palliative and end of life care.

Wendy's research interests include the role of the practice educator and the support they require in the assessment of higher level practice, the impact of cohort sizes on teaching and learning, and the developing role of the advanced clinical practitioner within general practice and community care..


Teaching responsibilities

A range of teaching responsibilities across post registration education provision, including the Practice Teacher and Curriculum Management modules within the PG Cert in Interprofessional Practice Education, palliative care, tissue viability, specialist practice and long term condition management modules.

Supervision of students at Masters and Doctoral level

Professional interests

I trained as a nurse, then progressed to a career in District Nursing. Subsequently, I supported students on specialist community programmes as a Practice Teacher and Practice Educator. I currently practice as a Hospice at Home Nurse for a local hospice alongside my academic role.My expertise predominantly lies in the following clinical areas: community palliative and end of life care, tissue viability, higher level practice and clinical leadership.

Research interests

Research project as part of a Doctor of Education programme; examining the support offered to practice teachers in their assessment of higher level nursing practice in community settings.

Current research includes a comparison of practice support and assessment for two cohorts of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing students and the role of the advanced clinical practitioner within general practice.

I am member of the Research Ethics Committee for the College of Health and Social Care.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Association of District Nurse Educators
  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing
  • Queen's Nurse



  • Registered General Nurse
  • Recorded District Nursing qualification
  • Community Nurse Prescriber
  • BSc (Hons) Advanced Professional Studies
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Interprofessional Learning, Mentoring and Assessment
  • EdD (Doctor of Education)


Recent conferences

Association of District Nurse Educators Conference Presentation, November 2010: Specialist practice: Supporting the Assessors. Leeds.

NET Conference 2013 presentation. Assessment of Higher Level Practice in Nursing. Cambridge.

Learning and Teaching Conference Presentation, July 2015. The Value of Student Self-Assessment in Articulating Knowledge Development. University of Derby.

International experience

External examiner: Northumbria University 

Recent publications

Wesson.W Ch.5. Palliative nursing care in the community IN Stevens E, Jackson S, Milligan S (2009) Palliative Nursing: Across the Spectrum of Care. Oxford. Blackwell.