Professor Steven Ersser

Professor Steven Ersser

Dame Kathleen Raven Professor of Clinical Nursing


Summary: Academic Unit: Adult, Child & Mental Health Nursing

Location: Baines Wing


Steven joined the University of Leeds in December 2014 to take up the Dame Kathleen Raven Chair in Clinical Nursing.  He was previously Dean of Health and Professor of Nursing & Dermatology Care at the University of Hull. Steven qualified as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital London and completed his PhD in Nursing Studies at King’s College, London. He has worked in clinical-academic posts within the Oxford and Southampton Departments Dermatology. Steven has held positions at the National Institute for Nursing in Oxford, as a Reader in Nursing at Oxford Brookes University and the University of Southampton; he also held the Established Chair in Health-related Research at Bournemouth University. 

His research and development work for the past 25 years has focused on nursing-related skin health, skin care and dermatological nursing. Specifically his research examines ways of promoting the wellbeing and self-management of those living with long-term skin conditions. Steven has an interest in developing educational and behavioural interventions to support effective treatment use in chronic illness and promote the secondary prevention of skin cancer. He also has an interest in nursing development and promoting more person-centred approaches to dermatological care. Steven has an Honorary contract with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, with a link to the Leeds Dermatology Department at Chapel Allerton Hospital.  He is also working with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to promote joint clinical-research research roles, especially in the nursing field.

From 1999-2010 he was Inaugural President of the International Skin Care Nursing (ISNG) Advisory Board, developing scientific educational opportunities for nurses worldwide.  In 2015 he led the Nursing Scientific meeting and inaugural Dermatology Nursing Leadership Summit at the World Congress of Dermatology in Vancouver. In 2006, Steven was awarded the Stone Award by the British Dermatological Nursing Group in recognition of his nursing contribution to the international development of evidence-based dermatology. His visiting / honorary appointments include: Honorary Professor of Nursing, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Adjunct Professor of Nursing, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and as Visiting Scholar, Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies at the National University of Singapore.

His doctoral research supervision and teaching includes the following areas: skin health and skin care, dermatology and related non-medical prescribing and long-term condition management. He would welcome enquires from potential research degree students in these areas.

In 2016 he became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


PhD, Nursing Studies, King’s College, University of London, 1996.

BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies & Registered General Nurse, London South Bank University and Guy’s Hospital; London, 1984. 

Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Oxford Brookes University, 1998.

Non-Medical Prescribing, University of Southampton, 2004.

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, HEA / University of Leeds, 2016