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

Mrs Louise Beesley

School of Nursing and Midwifery
Teaching Focussed Lecturer in Advanced Clinical Practice
Programme Director MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

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Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Louise is a Lecturer in Nursing and Programme Director for the multi-professional MSc Advanced Clinical Practice within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She is also the Independent Prescribing Lead (Nursing and Midwifery) for the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing within the School of Pharmacy. 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. She has been an independent prescriber for over 15 years with a specialist interest in hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Retaining close links with clinical practice, Louise currently holds an honorary role with University Hospitals Birmingham as a Clinical Nurse Specialist within the Hypertension Service, with an aim to continue her strong research interest into the monitoring and management of hypertension. 

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 and partake in both academic and commercial research trials within the field of hypertension. Her dissertation for the Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice explored how to accurately measure interarm blood pressure difference.

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 clinics.

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 newly established Health Education England West Midlands endorsed Advanced Clinical Practice Masters programme, developing level 7 modules in Advanced Health Assessment and Long Term Conditions.

Louise joined the Postgraduate Studies team within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Birmingham in July 2018 and has since been instrumental in the curriculum development for the new Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship for Advanced Clinical Practice and contributes to the wider CPD portfolio including Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making and the new First Contact module. She also teaches on the undergraduate BNurs and MNurs programme. With over 15 years experience as a non-medical prescriber, Louise is also Independent Prescribing Lead for Nurses and Midwives on the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, a multi-professional postgraduate course within the School of Pharmacy.

Louise’s research interests include the management and monitoring of hypertension, with future Doctorial level studies focussing on this area of clinical practice. She has also developed an interest in the preservation of professional identity in the advancement of clinical practice in view of her multi-professional teaching and in the development of Clinical Nurse Specialist roles at an advanced level.

Louise has been a member of the British and Irish Hypertension Society for over 15 years and was a committee member of the Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Working Party for many of these years. During this time, she has been actively involved in the delivery of educational programmes nationally within the Society and co-directed a video on Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring to support the roll out of the 2011 NICE guidelines for the Management of Hypertension in Primary Care.


Postgraduate supervision


Research interests

  •  Hypertension monitoring and management focus:
    • Treatment adherence
    • Lifestyle interventions in the management of hypertension
    • Interarm blood pressure difference
    • Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
  •  Advanced Clinical Practice focus:
    •  Clinical Nurse Specialists in advanced clinical roles
    • Maintaining professional identity when advancing clinical practice

Other activities

  • External Examiner for MSc Advanced Clinical Practice, Staffordshire University
  • Honorary Clinical Nurse Specialist, Hypertension Service, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


  • 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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