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 Shirley Willis

Shirley Willis

Lecturer: Primary Care and Public Health Nursing & Fitness to Practice Lead

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 225 10681
Room 501, 5th Floor, Eastgate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0AB


I am a lecturer in Primary Care and Public Health in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University. I am a registered General Nurse and my clinical background is in respiratory and cardiac nursing and more recently in District Nursing. I have a particular interest in developing leadership within district nursing practice, and in promoting the value of district nursing in providing complex care in the community setting.

I began my academic career in 2014 following a successful career as a District Nurse Team Leader and have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to contribute to the development of the future community nursing workforce, most recently as Programme Manager for the Community Health Studies Specialist Practice programme.

I am Fitness to Practice lead for the school with specific responsibility for applicant fitness to practice issues.

I am a member of the Queens Nursing Institute, and the Association of District Nurse Educators. I am an External Examiner for the community nursing programmes at Swansea University and the University of Suffolk


I am a lecturer within the Primary Care and Public Health Team at Cardiff University. I hold the roles of Programme Manager for the Specialist Practice community programme for district nursing and practice nursing. I am also a Fitness to Practice Lead for the School.

I qualified as a nurse in 1979 and my clinical background is within respiratory and cardiac nursing and within community and district nursing

Professional memberships

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Queens Nursing Institute

Association of District Nurse Educators

Speaking engagements

Implementing community nursing simulation learning resources within a pre-registration nurse education programme NET HEA Conference, Cambridge UK 2018


I teach across a range of programmes both at undergraduate and post graduate level, but my specific focus is community nursing, and I am Programme Manager for the PgDip Community Health Studies programme. I also have an interest in leadership and am module lead for the level 7 module Leadership in Community Nursing – Transforming Care. I am also involved in the delivery of community simulation activities within the undergraduate BN programme.