Bill Whitehead


Dr Whitehead is currently a company director, consultant, researcher and educator in a freelance capacity. His previous full time leadership role was as clinical lead at University of Derby. Previously, he had a range of academic management roles including deputy dean; chair of the college research committee; CQC registered manager; and head of school of nursing. He is an experienced academic manager and has a good research and publication profile with over 500 citations to more than 50 academic outputs. He has experience in e-learning, clinical research, lecturing, facilitation, and public policy. He is a nursing education professional with a PhD focused in adult education and clinical nurse education from University of Nottingham. Dr Whitehead has been a registered nurse since 1990 and practised in acute medicine including coronary care for 18 years. He is a founder member; formerly national general secretary; and currently part of the national leadership executive committee of the UK Clinical Nurse Educator Network.


Research Interests

Nursing student practice assessment document (HEE funded currently active project). Ongoing preceptorship, clinical education and advanced nursing practice research undertaken at other universities.


Membership of Professional Organisations



Clinical Nursse Educator network executive committee team member


Conferences and Other Research Activity

Research supervision

Bill currently has six active doctoral projects that he is either first or second supervisor for at the University of Derby.

Other Activities


A full list at ORCID ID 0000-0002-6256-1976

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Bellamy, E., Whitehead, B., Ansell, H. (2022) Opportunities for augmented reality in clinical simulation education. Nursing Times, 118: 5. 43-46

Sherratt L., Whitehead, B., Jarvis, S., Walshaw, L. (2022) Student placements in a Covid-19 testing site and vaccination hub. Nursing Times, 118: 3. 29-32

Ansell, H., Whitehead, B. (2021). ‘An initiative for student nurses to practise clinical skills at home’. Nursing Times, 117(3). 43-44.

Owen, P., Whitehead, B., Beddingham, E. (2020) The Development of a Preceptorship Toolkit for Organisations, Teams and Individuals, Nursing Management, pp. 1-18.

Wiafe, Y., Whitehead, B., Venables, H., Dassah, E. (2020) Acceptability of Intrapartum Ultrasound by Mothers in an African Population, Journal of Ultrasound, 23:55-59 Jasemi, M. Whitehead, B. Habibzadeh, H, Zabihi, R. Rezaie, S. (2018) Challenges in the clinical education of the nursing profession in Iran: A qualitative study, Nurse Education Today, 67:21-26 Wiafe, Y. Whitehead, B. Venables, H. Nakua,E. (2016) The effectiveness of intrapartum ultrasonography in assessing cervical dilatation, head station and position: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Ultrasound, 24(4):222-232 Whitehead, B. Owen, P. Henshaw, L. Beddingham, E. Simmons, M. (2016) Supporting newly qualified nurse transition: A case study in a UK hospital, Nurse Education Today, 36:58-63 Whitehead, B. Owen, P. Holmes, D. Beddingham, E. Simmons, M. Henshaw, L. Barton, M. Walker, C. (2013) Supporting newly qualified nurses in the UK: a systematic literature review, Nurse Education Today, 33:370-377



Whitehead, B., Brown, M. (2017) Transition to nursing: Preparation for practice. Open University Press.


Chapters in Books

Whitehead, B. (2019) Chapter 1, A history of nurse education and the clinical nurse educator in Routledge international handbook of nurse education. Routledge