Ruth has worked in Higher Education for around 20 years, supporting Health Science and Public Health, Primary Care, and Continuing Professional (Nursing) Development as well as Pre-Registration Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses. She has Course Leader experience, in PGCertEd, Health Studies/Health Promotion and Nursing, and is motivated to support good quality educational provision for students. She holds a Senior Fellow qualification with the Higher Education Academy.

Ruth’s clinical background includes acute Coronary Care, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Workforce Development and Commissioning. She was CVD lead for a national primary care training organisation and is used to supporting multidisciplinary learning.

Ruth describes herself as being approachable, and motivated; always pleased to meet and work with new people to make a positive difference for others.


Ruth's main teaching areas are Research Methodology, Health Promotion, Public Health & Nursing Theory.

Further information

Ruth is hoping to pick her own PhD studies back up at Keele, and has an interest in supporting an area of practice in End of Life care.


  • 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 (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


Ruth has supervised Undergraduate and Masters Level Dissertations for 20 years.

The Clinical Education Centre
Keele University
Clinical Education Centre
University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
Newcastle Road
Stoke on Trent

David Weatherall
Keele University
The David Weatherall Building