Ms Beth Hawkes

Ms Beth Hawkes

Lecturer in Primary Care Nursing (Education)

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)

Beth can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Primary care
  • Nursing
  • Nursing education
  • Practice nursing

Upon qualification as a nurse I obtained a post on an acute general medical ward, immediately undertook the Trust's D Grade development course and started mentoring student nurses. Shortly after I undertook my ENB 998 teaching and assessing course.

Whilst working in General Practice I developed my teaching skills and was the practice lead for health care assistant and student nurse education.  I applied to the University of Plymouth to teach and mentor student nurses from within the practice. I wrote an induction handbook for new students and set up a educational program. Through identifying and addressing learning needs, mentorship and feedback the students progressed from having a very limited knowledge of primary care to running clinics with support. I developed a student placement evaluation form which has been used to shape and develop the nurses’ learning experience. Feedback has been universally excellent.

I also supported medical student and GP registrar training. The students frequently sat in on my long-term condition and duty nurse sessions.

Since May 2017 I have commenced working as a Lecturer in Primary Care Nursing. I am really enjoying this role and feel passionate about Primary Care Nursing both in terms of the care that we can offer to our patients and the current and future opportunities for learning and development for our Profession.



University of Exeter

Diploma of Higher Education, Nursing, 1997


University of Plymouth

BSc, Health Studies, 2010

Grade: First


University of Plymouth

Nurse Independent and Supplementary Prescribing 2015


University of Exeter

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education with Distinction 2017



Posts held:

Claremont Medical Practice, Exmouth

Senior Practice Nurse, 2009 to 2017

Initially employed to work in the treatment room, providing services such as wound care and health promotion. Notable roles taken on since then include:

Teaching: Lead nurse for student nurse training. Set up and developed a training

program for student nurse placements within the practice. Also supported Registrar, ST2 and medical student education by having them sit in with my long-term clinics and duty sessions. 

Long Term Condition Lead: Starting with very little knowledge of the complexities of

chronic illness I have become expert in the care of diabetic and COPD patients. I

regularly initiate insulin and the new hypoglycemics and keep the GPs and nurses up to date on developments in this area. I wrote the practice insulin initiation handbook.

Quality Outcomes Framework Lead: Using audits, opportunistic screening and

educational sessions I helped the practice achieve 100% of QOF targets in 2016 and 2017.

Nurse Practitioner Skills: Working with a GP, both independently and with support if

needed. Triaging and treating acutely unwell patients.

Lead Research Nurse: Have helped develop research within the practice such that it is now sessionally funded and a major recruiter of patients to commercial studies.

Nurse Prescriber: Completed training in 2015 and used this skill to complement all

aspects of my work.

Devon PCT, Exmouth

Community Staff Nurse, 2008 to 2009

Planning and providing holistic care to housebound patients in the community. Working independently and as part of a nursing team attached to a GP practice.


NHS Direct, Exeter

Nurse Advisor, 2007 to 2008

Providing telephone triage services to patients. Offering assessment, considering

differential diagnosis and providing signposting services.


R.D.&E. Nurse Bank, Exeter

Staff Nurse, 2001 to 2009

Worked on a variety of wards including CCU, medical and surgical care. Developed

knowledge and skills in all areas.


R.D.&E. Hospital - Bolham Ward, Exeter

Staff Nurse, 1997 to 2001

Acute general medical ward. Assessing and treating acutely unwell patients. Promoted from grade D to E within 2 years of qualification and frequently in charge of the ward when working.


Professional membership