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Doctor David Voegeli RN, BSc, PGCEA, PhD, FHEA

Associate Professor (Nursing)

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Dr David Voegeli is an Associate Professor of Nursing within the Skin Health Research Group in the Faculty of Health sciences, and a Co-Chair of the Network for Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Prevention University Strategic Research Group. David’s research interests are in the areas of skin health and associated nursing interventions to prevent skin breakdown and promote healing; and the identification of biomarkers that could be utilised to form the basis of novel point-of-care diagnostics / objective assessment tools.

Promoting healthy skin and preventing skin breakdown are fundamental aspects of nursing: but always ask is there a better way?

David Voegeli qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1983 and specialised in critical care nursing and respiratory medicine. He completed a post-registration BSc in Nursing Sciences at Bournemouth University in 1992, followed by a PGCEA at the University of Surrey, and in 1995 joined the University of Southampton as a lecturer in Nursing in the then School of Nursing. David subsequently moved to the School of Medicine as a PGR student and completed his PhD in immunopharmacology in 2001, in which he explored mechanisms of dermal inflammation and their modulation by antihistamines. In 2002 he was awarded the Smith & Nephew Foundation Post-Doctoral Nursing Research fellowship to examine the potential skin damage caused by routine nursing practices. In 2006 he completed an appointment as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle, before returning to Southampton._






Research interests

Life sciences, tissue repair, inflammation, microvascular control.
Research projects
Skin barrier function; inflammation and microvascular function; mechanisms of skin breakdown and repair; application of life science methods to nursing research.

Affiliated research group(s)


Network for Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Prevention - co-chair (NAMRIP, USRG) Institute for Life Sciences (member)

External Research Group

 Network for Antimicrobial Resistance Action (EPSRC)

The Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin Network





Research group

Fundamental Care and Safety

Research project(s)

An investigation into neonatal skin care practices and their relationships to skin barrier function - Dormant

Investigate current neonatal skin care regimens within neonatal units in the UK

Exploring and developing the evidence base for skin hygiene practices and emollient therapy in the reduction of skin vulnerability - Dormant

Study of current nursing practices in the maintenance of skin barrier function and the prevention of skin breakdown

The relationship between physiological impairment, chronic disease and function disability in older people admitted to hospital with ill-defined conditions - Dormant

Many emergency admissions are known to be for alleviation of signs, symptoms and functional disorders (known as ill-defined conditions) rather than a definitive medical problem, and may therefore be avoidable.

David is a Co-Chair of the NAMRIP (Network for Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Prevention) University Strategic Research Group. He is a member of the European Pressure Ulcer advisory Panel, and contributed to the development of the 2014 International Pressure Ulcer Guidelines. He is a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Woundcare, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Wessex Medical trust and The Royal College of Nursing Research Society. David is frequently consulted by industry for his expertise in the field of skin health / tissue viability.

Course leader and tutor


Book Chapters



Creative Media and Artefacts

  • Beeckman, D. (Arranger), Van Den Bussche, K. (Arranger), Alves, P. (Arranger), Beele, H. (Arranger), Ciprandi, G. (Arranger), Coyer, F. (Arranger), ... Kottner, J. (Arranger). (2017). The Ghent Global IAD Categorisation Tool. Ghent University.

David leads the critical care pathway within the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice, and also teaches clinical sciences within a range of post-graduate modules. He is module co-ordinator for the pharmacology & applied clinical sciences element of the non-medical prescribing programme (HLTH6120, NQCG3111) and the equivalent module within the MSc Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner programme.


Advanced Management and Core Interventions for the Critically Ill

Health and Well Being: Human Structure and function level 2, Complex Interactions

Introduction to Life Sciences

Life Sciences for Practice

Pharmacology and Applied Clinical Science for Prescribing and Advanced Medicines Management 

Independent and Supplementary Prescribing: Prescribing in Practice

Doctor David Voegeli
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