Mrs Louise Beesley RN, MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCHE, FHEA

Mrs Louise Beesley

School of Nursing and Midwifery
Associate Professor
School Head of Education
College Academic Lead Degree Apprenticeships

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Louise is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and is the School Head of Education. She teaches across a variety of modules within the Institute of Clinical Sciences postgraduate portfolio and also supports the pre-registration BNurs and MNurs programmes within the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Louise is a registered adult nurse, with experience in both secondary and primary care, working at an advance level of practice. Having been instrumental in the development and management of multiple master’s level programmes in Advanced Clinical Practice, she is currently Chair of the Regional HEI ACP Group and a committee member of the Association of Advanced Practice Educators UK.

With a multi-professional focussed teaching portfolio, Louise is keen to develop inter-professional educational practice within the Institute at a postgraduate level.


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and Professional Practice, University of Wolverhampton
  • Certificate in Diabetes Care, University of Warwick
  • MSc. Advanced Practice (Nursing), Birmingham City University
  • Independent and Supplementary Nurse Prescribing, University of Central England
  • Developments in Cardiovascular Education, University of Glasgow  
  • ENB 148 Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing, University of Central England 
  • ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing in the Clinical Environment, University of Central England
  • Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Adult), University of Nottingham
  • BSc. (Hons) Biological Science, University of Leicester


Following an undergraduate degree in Biological Science, Louise embarked on a Graduate Diploma in Adult Nursing at the University of Nottingham, qualifying in 1996. Throughout her nursing career, she has worked in a variety of clinical areas such as neurosciences and intensive care and then developed specialist interest in hypertension whilst working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist within a tertiary care hypertension service.  During this role, she had the opportunity to develop nurse led clinics, contribute to the development of prescribing  for non- medical practitioners in the Trust and partake in both academic and commercial research trials within the field of hypertension.

Following completion of a Masters in Advanced Practice, Louise embarked upon a new challenge as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner within a large general practice partnership in inner city Birmingham. Here she developed generalist skills working at this advanced clinical level, as well as supporting the primary care specialist diabetes and hypertension services.

Louise’s passion for education, culminated in her first academic role as Course Lead for the MSc. Advanced Clinical Practice at the University of Wolverhampton where she led the curriculum development for the Advanced Clinical Practice Masters programme. She later joined the postgraduate team in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Birmingham in July 2018 and has since been instrumental in the development of their portfolio of Advanced Clinical Practice programmes, including the new Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship routes. She has also led the School to accreditation of these programmes with Health Education England’s Centre for Advancing Practice.

In her previous role as Lead for Postgraduate Taught and CPD, Louise supported the development of the MSc Advanced Practice in Healthcare at the University of Birmingham, Dubai, building on the success of the course delivered in Edgbaston. She is a passionate about furthering the portfolio and accessibility of CPD offerings within the School, and the wider College, to support clinical workforce development, in collaboration with our healthcare stakeholders.

Current research interests are focused on the advancing practice agenda, including the preservation and maintenance of professional identity in the advancement of clinical practice, and understanding postgraduate multi-professional teaching and learning pedagogy.

Louise is the current Chair of the Regional HEI ACP group, with representation from all HEIs delivering Advanced Practice courses across the Midlands. She is also an active Committee Member of the Association of Advanced Practice Educators UK. 


Postgraduate supervision

  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice – service evaluation projects


Research interests

Advanced Clinical Practice focus:

  • Multi-professional postgraduate education pedagogy
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists in advanced clinical roles
  • Maintaining professional identity when advancing clinical practice

Hypertension monitoring and management focus:

  • Treatment adherence
  • Lifestyle interventions in the management of hypertension
  • Interarm blood pressure difference
  • Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring

Other activities

  • External Examiner for MSc Advanced Practice, Cardiff University

  • Committee member Association of Advanced practice Educators UK 

  • Chair Midlands HEI ACP Group


  • Hodgkinson, J.A., Tucker, K., Martin, U., Beesley, L., McManus, R.M., “The Use of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Measurement (ABPM)”. (2015) The British Journal of Hospital Medicine 76:696-702
  • Butt, T., Branch, R., Beesley, L., Martin, U. (2010) Managing hypertension in the very elderly: effect of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) on achieving targets. Journal of human hypertension 24(8):514-8. DOI: 10.1038/jhh.2009.116
  • Ring, C., France,C., al’Absi, M., Beesley, L., Edwards, L., McIntyre, D., Carroll,D., Martin,U. (2007) Effects of Opioid Blockade with Naltrexone and Distraction on Cold and Ischemic Pain in Hypertension. Journal of Behavioral Medicine vol30, Issue 1, pp59-68.

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