Ms Beth Hawkes

Ms Beth Hawkes

Associate Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)

Ms Beth Hawkes 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


I joined the University in May 2017. During my time here I have become Lead for two modules - Independent and Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribing and Embedding In General Practice. 



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

MSc in Clinical Education 2019 


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 became expert in the care of diabetic and COPD patients. I

regularly initiated insulin and the new hypoglycemics and kept 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 have 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




Teaching interests

I enjoy using my 24 years of nursing experience, combined with my MSc in Clinical Education to deliver high quality modules embedded in real life practice. I particularly like providing the individualised support students can require to help them realise their potential.



Research interests

I was lead research nurse in General Practice before joining the University. Currently I am involved in some research dissemination around complex patients, using the SHERPA model, as publised in the Lancet.