Staff profile

Dr Wendy Wesson

Head of School of Nursing and Professional Practice




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Nursing and Professional Practice

Research centre

Health and Social Care Research Centre


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Strategic leadership for the School of Nursing and Professional Practice.

Management responsibilities for staff across the School. Overseeing undergraduate and postgraduate programme development and delivery, including continuous professional development course provision. 

Supporting the heads of discipline in leading the development and delivery of curricula with health and social care partners related to pre-registration, specialist and advanced practice.

I have extensive community experience and particular interests in practice education, long term condition management, tissue viability, palliative and end of life care.

My 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, community, acute and out of hours care settings.


Teaching responsibilities

Strategic oversight and development of teaching, learning and assessment practices across the School. College lead for teaching and learning. Member of the student experience learning and teaching committee on behalf of the College of Health and Social Care.

Supervision of students at Masters and Doctoral level.

Professional interests

I trained as a nurse, then progressed to a career in District Nursing specialist practice. 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.

Reviewer for the nurse Researcher journal.

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
  • Visitor on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council



  • 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.

NET Conference 2015 presentation. Advanced Clinical Practitioner Development. Cambridge.

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.