Steven Ersser
Professor in Clinical Nursing Research



Steven was appointed to the Chair in Clinical Nursing Research at the University of York in 2017. He previously held the Dame Kathleen Raven Chair in Clinical Nursing at the University of Leeds (2014-17) and prior to that he was Dean of Health and Professor of Nursing and Dermatology Care at the University of Hull (2011-14). He qualified as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital London and completed his PhD in Nursing Studies at King’s College, London. Steven has worked in clinical-academic posts in the Oxford and Southampton Departments Dermatology and supported clinical-academic development amongst health professionals with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. 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.

Steven was Inaugural President of the International Skin Care Nursing (ISNG) Advisory Board (1999-2010), developing scientific educational opportunities for nurses worldwide. In 2015 he led the Nursing Scientific meeting and inaugural Dermatology Nursing 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 and honorary appointments have included: 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. 

In 2018, Steven received the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honour Soceity, International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award


  • PhD
  • BSc (Hons)
  • CertTHEd
  • RGN, Registered General Nurse
  • Non-medical Prescriber

Departmental roles

  • Member of Research Committee
  • Chair, Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Group
  • Co-Chair, Strategic Partnership Group
  • Chair, Undergraduate Curriculum Development Steering Group



Steven’s research and publications examine ways of promoting the wellbeing and self-management support for people living with long-term skin conditions. He has an interest in developing educational and behavioural interventions to support effective treatment use in chronic illness and to promote the wellbeing of those living with dermatological conditions, including the secondary prevention of skin cancer. He also has an interest in nursing development, advanced nursing practice and promoting more person-centred approaches to dermatological care.


  • Systematic reviews:
    • of interventions for the secondary prevention of skin cancer
    • and guideline development on infant skin care for the Royal College of Midwives in collaboration with the Universities of Manchester and Leeds
    • (Cochrane) of hygiene and emollient interventions for maintaining skin integrity in older people in hospital and residential care settings in collaboration with Universities of Hull, Rutgers and Sheffield.
  • HTA funded Alpha Trial of Alitretinoin versus PUVA for hand eczema in collaboration with the University of Leeds.
  • A study to examine the feasibility of the characterization of the skin barrier function of adult patients in primary and secondary clinical settings with skin vulnerable to pressure ulceration in collaboration with University of Leeds.
  • Foundation for effective decision support for skin/dermatological problems in primary care - exploring scope for service improvement andecision support needs in System One (Accessing ResearcherOne NHS data): NIHR YH-CHLARC Evidence-based transformation within the NHS project with the University of Leeds.
  • Translation and validation of the German version of the Person-Centred Dermatology Self-Care Index: a translation and validation study in collaboration with the Charite University, Berlin. 

Research group(s)



Steven is an experienced doctoral research supervisor and examiner and would welcome enquires from potential research degree students in these areas: skin health and skin care, dermatological nursing and related areas of long-term condition management health promotion and support, secondary skin cancer prevention, complex intervention development in nursing and advanced nursing practice. 


Full publications list

External activities


Editorial duties

  • Editorial Board, Dermatological Nursing.
  • Editorial Board: Community Dermatology.
  • Reviewer: includes -British Journal of Dermatology; International Journal of Nursing Studies.
  • Reviewer: NIHR Applied Health Programme Grant Reports; HTA Evidence synthesis report.

Invited talks and conferences

  • 2016 NIHR Yorkshire & Humber Clinical Research Network: GP Academic conference: PEEP: A Primary care RCT to evaluate the Eczema Education Programme, Leeds, UK 
  • 2016 Ersser and Cowdell. Assessment and interventions for maintaining healthy skin in older age: clinical and lay perspectives. European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel meeting Berlin, Charite University, Berlin, Germany
  • 2016 Ersser and Madden. A Person–Centred Response to supporting those living with disfigurement in dermatology and wound care: issues and opportunities. Skin; the Ultimate Interface; University of the Arts, London, UK (London College of Fashion), 
  • 2015 International Psoriasis Academy: Paper and workshop facilitator: Applying patient profiles to improve adherence to treatment in dermatology consultations, with Prof K. Rich (Hamburg), Prof J. Lambert (Ghent) and Drs Bewley and Hood (UK) research dissemination to develop person-centred dermatology consultations (Leo Pharma) to leading dermatologists pan-Europe (in Amsterdam) and pan-Middle East/ Asia (in Dubai, UAE)
  • 2015 Secondary prevention of skin cancer - nursing perspectives. Nursing Scientific Meeting Ersser and Cowdell and Chair and lead organiser of Nursing Scientific meeting, World Congress of Dermatology, Vancouver, Canada 
  • 2015 Lead facilitator, Inaugural International Dermatological Nursing Leadership Summit, World Congress of Dermatology, Vancouver, Canada 
  • 2015 Developing the nursing contribution to support of people living with dermatological conditions, Department of Dermatology, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. 
  • 2014 Nursing scientific meeting: European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology, Development & testing of the Parental Self-Efficacy in Eczema Care Index (PASECI). Amsterdam, Netherlands

Contact details

Prof. Steven Ersser
Professor in Clinical Nursing Research

Tel: 01904 32(1635), 01904 32(1324), 01904 32(1344)



  • Nursing and midwifery pre-registration programmes, with a focus on skin care and health.


  • Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice: skin assessment and care and dermatology and service improvement project, advanced practice.
  • Masters in Nursing
  • Masters in Applied Health Research: Steven can supervise Masters projects broadly in the area of dermatology (including chronic illness management, skin cancer, community dermatology), skin care/health; nursing topics, such as advanced practice roles and nurse-led services. Favoured approaches for Masters projects are systematic reviews or other forms of literature reviews, such as scoping reviews.