Mrs Linda Stirling

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing

Email address: Phone number: 01902 518872 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Health Professions Areas of expertise: Health Visiting, Perinatal mental health, Infant mental health.


I started my nursing career in 1983 and developed my specialism in the care of the older person. Having an interest in education and training I also worked part-time at a college of further education. My passion for family life, public health and early intervention led me to pursue a career as a health visitor and I obtained a BSc in Specialist Nurse Practice in Public Health / Health Visiting.  I worked within Staffordshire, Shropshire and the West Midlands. As a qualified practice teacher and practice education facilitator I supported health visitor education and training for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust as part of their professional development unit. Here I was supported to undertake my PGCE and post graduate diploma in education.

My specialist interests are in perinatal and infant mental health and behaviour management. I am a fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) and in 2014-2015 I worked on secondment for them as education officer. Alongside colleagues I developed national standards for continuing professional development for health visitors around the 6 high impact areas and standards for professional practice. I developed numerous educational resources for health visitors including webinars, expert and service user films. Before undertaking my role as senior lecturer in adult nursing I worked as a manager of 6 health visiting teams within a Community Trust, further developing my leadership and management skills. Here I completed my Masters in Health and Social Care enabling me to return to my educational roots within a University setting.

Research interests

Health visiting.

Perinatal mental health.

Infant mental health.

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Masters in Health and Wellbeing - 2015.

Post Graduate Diploma in Education - 2011.

PGCE - 2010.

BSc Specialist Nurse Practice in Public Health/Health visiting - 2003.


Hollinshead & Stirling (2014) ‘A conceptual curriculum framework designed to ensure quality student health visitor training in practice’ published in The Community Practitioner, 87(7), pp. 22-25.

Stirling (2015) 'Students’ and tutors’ perceptions of the use of reflection in post-registration nurse education' the Community practitioner.

Hollinshead, Stirling, Massey and Kerr (2015) Developing a successful community of practice to improve service delivery, 3(4), pp. 226-231.

Bishop, Gilroy and Stirling (2015) A National Framework for Standards CPD for Post Registration Health Visitors’. Institute of Health Visiting. London.

Bishop, Gilroy and Stirling (2015) Lifelong Learning in Health Visiting Your 3 step guide to personalising your Continuing Professional Development (CPD)’ Institute of Health visiting. London.  

Bishop, Gilroy and Stirling (2015) A National Framework for Continuing Professional Development for Health Visitors - Standards to support professional practice. Institute of Health Visiting. London.

Previous professional experience

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, University of Wolverhampton - 01/09/2015 to Present.

Education officer institute of health visiting - 2014 to 2015.

Health visitor Manager - 2013 to 2015.

Practice education facilitator - 2009 to 2013.

Health visitor (south Staffordshire PCT - 2003 to 2009.

Student health visitor (Telford PCT) - 2002 to 2003.