Mrs Ruth Westerby

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing

Email address: Phone number: 01902 518611 Location: Wolverhampton Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Health Professions Areas of expertise: Adult Nursing


As an experienced senior lecturer with contemporary skills in facilitating others to provide high quality services aimed at improving health and wellbeing, my areas of expertise include teaching research methodology, nursing theory, health promotion and the support of learning in clinical practice. My previous clinical experience incorporates cardiovascular disease in both acute and rehabilitation settings, care of those who are older, workforce development and service improvement.

I am familiar with the evidence bases, policy drivers, systems, structures and processes of change in a variety of organisations and am committed to the improvement of public services. I have published a number of articles and presented at conferences, and am familiar with collecting data as a part of service evaluation, monitoring and planning for improvement. This enriches my role in upholding quality in Higher Education.

I have supervised Masters level projects since 2002. Mainly MPH students within the University of Wolverhampton. Also as a part of role in Education for Health in Warwick.

I am currently studying for my Professional Doctorate with the focus being on developing a community of practice for an element of end of life care. Due to complete 2020



Date attained

MSc Health Studies/Health Promotion, University of Wolverhampton

PG Diploma in Education (FAHE), University of Wolverhampton

BSc Health Science/Health Promotion, University of Wolverhampton






Westerby R (2006 & 2007)

Using the CHD Competence Framework in Primary Care; 2 case studies looking at the use of the Framework with Leisure staff and Health Development Workers

Marshall TM, et al (including Westerby R) 2008

The Sandwell Project: A controlled evaluation of a programme of targeted screening for prevention of cardiovascular disease in primary care

BMC Public Health 25th February 2008 8:73 

Westerby R & Fletcher M (2010) Training people to undertake CVD Risk Assessment: an evaluation from Education for Health. Poster presentation at the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society Annual Conference (September 2010) (Also accepted for the RCN Education conference as a poster presentation - February 22nd 2012)

Westerby R. Cardiovascular risk assessment and risk management. Practice Nurse 8th October 2010; 40(6):43-9

Westerby R. Are you ready for Health Checks? October 2010

Westerby R & Cottrell C. An update on atrial fibrillation. Practice Nurse January  2011; 41(5): 37-43

Westerby R. Stroke and TIA. Practice Nurse 12th August 2011

Westerby R & Howard S.  Dementia; early recognition and diagnosis in primary care. Practice Nurse Oct 7th 2011

Howard S & Westerby R.  Dementia; ongoing management. Practice Nurse October 21st 2011

Westerby R. An overview of cardiovascular disease risk assessment. Nursing Standard November 30th 2011 Volume 26 No.13

Westerby R (May 29th 2012) Listen to and observe people whom you wish to emulate

Westerby R (2012) “Patient Reported Outcome Measures: how useful are they in practice?” Practice Nurse 15/6/2012

Westerby, R. (2013) Psychosocial aspects of ageing. Practice Nurse [online], 43(4),

Westerby R & Moran J (2014)  “Why more people die in winter.” Practice Nurse 11/14/2014, Vol. 44 Issue 11, p31


Previous professional experience


Date From

Date To

Cardiovascular (CVD) Workforce Development Manager and then from 2007  CVD Commissioning & Development Manager, Sandwell Primary Care Trust (2007 – 2009) Part-time self-employed, undertaking Consultancy in workforce development, service reviews, lecturing and training

Senior Lecturer in Health Promotion & Research Methodology, Award Leader for the MSc Health Studies, University of Wolverhampton

Research nurse, New Cross Hospital; looking at modification of risk

factors following MI (1 year contract)

Staff Nurse Coronary Care (part-time while undertaking PGDipEd),

New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton

Boarding parent in an International School; instigated school health  system, pastoral responsibility for 50 multinational children, Malaysia

Cardiac Rehabilitation Co-ordinator; setting up service, bidding for it’s continuation, developing multidisciplinary and agency team, Shropshire

Coronary Care Staff Nurse, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton

General Medicine, Staff Nurse, Bolton General Hospital, Lancashire



























Further information

Chair of a local voluntary group (Friends of Stanmore Country Park) whose purpose is to enhance and sustain the provision of public parkland for human use and as a natural habitat for a range of species. This incorporates working with Shropshire Council and supporting income generation via bid writing.