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Simone Bedford

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Team Leader for Professional Healthcare Practice and Midwifery

I am the Team Leader for Professional Healthcare Practice and Midwifery at the University of Sunderland. I am responsible for the delivery for a variety of courses which relate to postgraduate Nursing and Healthcare Practice including WBL/CPD/CWD, Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeships, Blended Learning, MNurse and Midwifery.

As the Team Leader, I line manage the Professional Healthcare Practice and Midwifery team and have a strategic role in the University to ensure a high quality education is delivered across our postgraduate nursing courses and apprenticeships.

Teaching and supervision

Research interests for potential research students

Student recruitment, medical ethics, women's health.


I have various research interests, most relating to pedagogical practice and medical ethics.

My areas of expertise are nurse education, health law and ethics, professional practice, leadership and management.

I qualified as a nurse in 1995 and worked at Papworth Hospital in Respiratory Medicine and Cardiac Research. On completion of my degree, I joined the Royal Air Force as a Nursing Officer, working in Orthopaedics and Medical Admissions until transferring into nurse education within a Tri-Service environment.

After a successful career in the RAF, I was employed by Swansea University as a Senior Lecturer, undertaking many roles and developing my skills in education. In June 2016, I returned to my hometown and joined the University of Sunderland as the Programme Leader for the new BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice. I led this course to becoming 5th in The Guardian University league tables 2018 and becoming a finalist in the Student Nursing Times Awards in 2017 and 2018.

I am now the Team Leader for Postgrad Nursing, WBL/CPD/CWD and Apprenticeships and have a responsibility to ensure all of our adult nursing courses are delivered to a high standard.

Last updated 28 July 2021