Dr. Debbie Wisby

Dr Principal Lecturer Midwifery, Neonatal and Sexual Health, Lead Midwife For Education

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building Room 338

+44 (0) 1772 89 3887


Subject Areas: Sexual Health

Dr Debbie Wisby is a registered nurse / midwife and has worked in academia since 1998. She is a Principal Lecturer in Midwifery, Neonatal and Sexual Health and is the Lead Midwife For Education in the School of Community Health and Midwifery. Her clinical experience ranges from working in Accident and Emergency, Practice Nursing, Midwifery and Sexual Health. Debbie is Chair of the RCN Midwifery Forum, NMC Reviewer and her research interests focus upon narrative enquiry, professional identity and role change following the completion of her Doctorate in Education in 2014. 

Full Profile

  • Doctor of Education, MMU, 2014
  • MA Health Services Management, UCLan, 2000.
  • BSc (Hons) Reproductive Health /ENB Higher Award, UCLan, 1997
  • Registered Nurse: Adult 

  • Registered Midwife 

  • Lecturer/Practice Educator
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Further, Higher & Adult Education, Bolton Institute, 2001.
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, National Asthma & Respiratory Training Centre, 1999.
  • Specialist Practitioner Title - General Practice Nursing 
  • (ENB A51 through portfolio assessment of previous accredited learning), Bolton Institute, 1997.
  • E.N.B 901 Family Planning In Society, UCLan, 1994
  • R.C.G.P. Diploma in Asthma Care , National Asthma Training Centre, 1992 
  • E.N.B. Practice Nurse Course, Preston Polytechnic, 1992
  • City and Guilds 7307 Further & Adult Education Teachers Certificate, Runshaw College, 1993.


1. Wisby D. (2014) Reflections From Prague, Practising Midwife, 17 (9), 41.

2. Wisby D. & Capell J. (2005) Implementing Change in Sexual Health Care, RCN Journal of Nursing Management. Vol 12, No 8, PP 14 -16. December.


Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Teaches and supervisor students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level across the School.

Previous Projects

1999-2000- MA Health Services Management Research Dissertation
Are Primary Care Group Nurse board members making a difference?
Research into the management and leadership skills of nurses on primary care boards

1994-1997 – Community Nursing Pilot Project Team Leader (South Lancashire Health Authority) the aim was to evaluate the integrated working of a community nursing team in a GP setting.

1996- 1997- BSc (Hons) Dissertation
Do women who choose to take the contraceptive pill have the necessary knowledge and information for adherence?
A comparative study between a GP practice and Trust Family Planning Clinic.

Research Activities

Debbie’s research interests focus upon narrative enquiry, professional identity and role change following the completion of her professional Doctorate in Education in 2014 and her thesis entitled:

‘How do sexual health nurses construct their professional identity within the context of strategic and organisational change?’

External Activities

NMC Reviewer (Mott Macdonald) – Commenced September 2013
Chair RCN Midwifery Forum – Commenced 4 year term of office - June 2015
Represented RCM Midwifery Forum - ICM European Union Region, Brussels- March 2015.
ICM CONGRESS – Prague June 2014- Successful application and sponsorship represent the RCN at the conference June 1st –June 5th 2014
External Examiner: University of Chester- Reproductive and Sexual Health Care Provision (September 2005 – September 2009 ).


Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SD2 Status).

Royal College of Midwives

Royal College of Nursing: Chair of Midwifery Forum, commence 4 year term of office in June 2015.

Associate Member: Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

NMC Reviewer


RCN Women’s Health Conference, London – Contraception and STI Update (due to present November 6th 2015)

RCN Sexual Health Conference: Sexual Health Service Modernisation and Role Re-design (June 20th 2009), London.