Dr Sharon Weldon Faculty of Education & Health

Sharon's position is to provide strategic and clinical academic leadership to the development of research capacity amongst nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (NMAHP) at Bart's Health NHS Trust aligned with the University of Greenwich's research strategy.

Sharon is a registered general nurse with experience in emergency and trauma paediatric operating theatres, of a variety of surgical procedures ranging from general and ophthalmic, to orthopaedics and plastics. Sharon has specialised as an infectious disease nurse working in a specialised unit and clinic, a Ugandan hospital and for the Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England), whilst further specialising in TB and HIV.

Sharon as has an MSc in Public Health with a particular emphasis on global health, disease epidemiology and diagnostic tests sensitivity and specificity. Sharon has understaken modules in epidemiology, statistics, health economics, social research, issues in public health, organisational management, globalization and health, design and analysis of epidemiological studies, health promotion theory, epidemiology of communicable diseases, principles and practices of public health, and health care evaluation.

Sharon's PhD used theoretical and empirical data to generate a conceptual and process model relating to a novel form of structured and un-structured simulation pedagogy.

Sharon currently teaches observational research and Sequential Simulation (SqS) for the Masters in Surgical Education and Surgical Innovation courses at Imperial College London. Sharon also teaches communication in the operating theatre to post-graduate students at South Bank University.

Posts held previously:

Senior Research Officer - Imperial College London: 11/2013 – 05/2017

Leading, developing and coordinating on-going and projected research projects within the department. This includes: Designing, creating, undertaking and evaluating simulation for education, training and engagement activities. Academic outputs from scholarly activity including: publication in peer-reviewed journals, and presentations at national and international conferences. The development and submission of applications to grant awarding bodies including Research Councils and other major funders.

Research Nurse - Imperial College London 06/2012 – 11/2013

Ethnographic research project that required video/audio-recording communication between healthcare professionals in operating theatres. I was responsible for the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data sets as well as the dissemination of the findings through conferences, publications, public events, meetings, and workshops.

Research Nurse - Health Protection Agency 01/2012 - 06/2012

Recruitment of research participants across several London Tuberculosis clinics/hospital locations. I was responsible for the collection and management of specimen samples, and of demographic and clinical data. Data inputting, monitoring and auditing of the study.

Infectious Disease Nurse - St George's Healthcare NHS Trust 11/2010 – 01/2012

Staff nurse on a specialized infectious disease unit, undertaking specialist nursing care. I was seconded to St. George's chest clinic to develop specialist skills as a TB nurse for 3 months.

Paediatric Theatre Practitioner - Barts and the London NHS Trust 04/2010 – 11/2010

Sharon was a theatre practitioner in emergency and elective paediatric theatres. Covering orthopaedic, general, plastic, ocular and trauma and emergency surgery.

Sharon's main duties are to produce high-quality research that is clinically significant, theoretically informed and methodologically sound, and to lead the strategic development of a nursing research culture at Bart's Health NHS Trust and the University of Greenwich. The role provides direction for clinical academic development across the NMAHP workforce at Barts Health.

Sharon is registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council and am a member of the Royal College of Nursing. 
Sharon is on the editorial board for the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice and the BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning
A piece of research Sharon published on music in the Operating Theatre was picked up by the media and was interviewed across various television and radio platforms nationally and internationally, including BBC World News, BBC Breakfast & the Today show as well as others.
Sharon was awarded the Imperial College Global Health summer school scholarship 2016. This is a highly competitive award given by Imperial College to selected researchers to participate in a global health summer school in Cape Town, South Africa. This award provided Sharon with an opportunity to meet international researchers with the aim of coming together to problem solve global health challenges.
Sharon has been involved in and led on a variety of research projects including a prognostic study for latent TB detection; an ethnomethodological study investigating communication in operating theatres using video recordings; a study investigating the training of new social interactions strategies to operating teams through the medium of simulation; a study developing the concept of Sequential Simulation (simulated care pathways) and its applications; a study on the use of Low-cost, portable equipment and backdrops providing 'realistic enough' recreations of clinical settings for pedagogical activities; and a study looking at the use of simulation to for engagement and educational purposes between clinicians, professionals and experts of all-kinds, publics and patients to involve, co-design and co-produce healthcare related outcomes.
Sharon's research approaches include quantitative (descriptive, correlational and quasi-experiential), mixed-methods (sequential explanatory, sequential exploratory, sequential transformative, concurrent triangulation, concurrent nested and concurrent transformative), and qualitative (ethnography, narrative, grounded-theory, observation and case studies). Within these approaches Sharon has collected data through video/audio recordings, interviews, focus groups, field notes, biomarkers, psychometric tests, e-mail data and evaluation.
Analysis of data has been undertaken quantitatively through descriptive and inferential statistical analysis including parametric and non-parametric tests, Analysis of variance (ANOVA), Chi-squared test, correlation analysis and Bayesian statistics. Qualitatively through conversation analysis, thematic analysis, grounded theory, actor network theory and content analysis. Mixed-methods triangulation and corroboration has been achieved through Explanatory frameworks of data reduction, display, transformation, correlation, consolidation, comparison and integration.

Funded research projects

2017 - Arts & Humanities Research Council (100,000 grant). 'Let me take care of you': how dining and surgery can improve care and illuminate each other's practices
2016 - Economic & Social Research Council (£20,000 grant) ViSIOT Training Programme
2015 - Wellcome Trust People Award (£30,000 grant) The Time Travelling Operating Theatre
2015 - Royal College of Nursing Foundation (£3,000 grant) Documentary filming award
Weldon, S. M., Kelay, T., Ako, E., Cox, B., Bello, F., & Kneebone, R. (2017). Sequential simulation used as a novel educational tool aimed at healthcare managers: a patient-centred approach. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjstel-2017-000216
Weldon, S-M., Kneebone, R., & Bello, F. (2016). Collaborative healthcare remodelling through Sequential Simulation (SqS): a patient and front-line staff perspective. BMJ Stel. 0:1–9. doi:10.1136/bmjstel-2016-000113 
Bezemer, J., Cope, A., Korkiakangas, T., Kress, G., Murtagh, G., Weldon, S-M., & Kneebone, R. (2016). Microanalysis of video from the operating room: an underused approach to patient safety research. BMJ Quality & Safety, 0:1–5. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2016-005816
Kneebone, R., Weldon., S-M., & Bello, F. (2016). Engaging patients and clinicians through simulation: rebalancing the dynamics of care. Advances in Simulation. 1 (19). DOI: 10.1186/s41077-016-0019-9 
Korkiakangas, T., Weldon, S-M., Bezemer, J., & Kneebone, R. (2016). "Coming Up!": Why verbal acknowledgement matters in the operating theatre. In S. White & J. Cartmill (Eds.), Communication in Surgical Practice. Equinox. 
 
Weldon, S-M., Ralhan, S., Paice, E., Kneebone, R., & Bello, F. (2016). Sequential simulation of a Patient Pathway. The Clinical Teacher.
 
Sadideen, H., Weldon, S-M., & Kneebone, R. (2016). A video analysis of intra- and inter-professional leadership behaviours within "The Burns Suite": identifying key leadership models. Journal of Surgical Education. 73 (1), p.31-39. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsurg.2015.09.011 ABSTRACT 
 
Bezemer, J., Korkiakangas, T., Weldon, S-M., Kress, G., & Kneebone, R. (2015). Unsettled teamwork: Communication and learning in the operating theatres of an urban hospital. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 72 (2), 361–372. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jan.12835 ABSTRACT 
 
Weldon, S-M., Ralhan, S., Paice, E., Kneebone, R., & Bello, F. (2015). Sequential simulation (SqS): an innovative approach to educating GP receptionists about integrated care via a patient journey – A mixed methods approach. BioMed Central Journal Family Practice. 16. pp. 108 ABSTRACT 
 
Paice, L., Weldon, S-M., Ralhan, S., Bello, F., & Kneebone, R. (2015). Sequential simulation (SqS) of a patient journey: an intervention to engage GP receptionists in integrated care. International journal of integrated care. 15. http://www.ijic.org/articles/abstract/10.5334/ijic.2135/
 
Weldon, S-M., Korkiakangas, T., Bezemer, J., & Kneebone, R. (2015). Music and communication in the operating theatre. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 71 (12), p. 2763–2774. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jan.12744 ABSTRACT 
 
Korkiakangas, T., Weldon, S-M., Bezemer. (2015). Video-supported Simulation for Interactions in the Operating Theatre (ViSIOT). Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 11 (4). pp. 203-207 ABSTRACT 
 
Korkiakangas, T., Weldon, S-M., Bezemer, J.,& Kneebone, R. (2014). Nurse–surgeon object transfer: Video analysis of communication and situation awareness in the operating theatre. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 51 (9). pp. 1195-1206. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2014.01.007 ABSTRACT 
 
Weldon, S-M., Harris, A., Bello., & Kneebone, R. (2013). A Centenary of Portable Operating Theatres [your view to - A Portable Operating Theatre]. The British Journal of Surgery, 1 (1), P. 145-149.http://www.bjs.co.uk/details/yourviews/956685/A-portable-operation-theatre-.html
 
Weldon, S-M., Korkiakangas, T., Bezemer, J., & Kneebone, R. (2013). Communication in the operating theatre: A systematic literature review of observational research. British Journal of Surgery, 100 (13), P. 1677-1688 http://www.bjs.co.uk/details/article/5520351/Communication-in-the-operating-theatre-.html   ABSTRACT 
 
Weldon S-M, Korkiakangas T, Bezemer J, et al., 2012, Video Analysis of Bodily Conduct in Teamwork within the Operating Theatre, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, Vol:11, ISSN:1609-4069, Pages:895-896
 
Weldon, S., Korkiakangas, T., Bezemer, J., Kneebone, R., Nicholson, K., & Kress, G. (2012). Transient Teams in the Operating Theatre. The Operating Theatre Journal; 261 (1), P.2  http://otjonline.com/back-issue2012.php
 
Weldon, S. (2009). Difference matters when respecting diversity. Nursing Standard, 23(23), P.61 http://nursingstandard.rcnpublishing.co.uk/students/clinical-placements/placement-advice/placements-abroad/difference-matters-when-respecting-diversity

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Weil, A., Weldon, S-M., Kronfli, M., Watkins, B., Kneebone, R., Bello, F., & Cox, S. (2017). A New Interdisciplinary End of Life Care Training Programme. 15th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care. Madrid, Spain.
Kronfli, M., Weldon. S-M., Bello, F., & Kneebone, R. (2017). Sharing Approaches to Maternity Services (SAMS NWL): Keynote speech.  9th Annual London School of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (LSSOG) Conference. London, UK.
Weldon, S-M., & Korkiakangas, T. (2016). Video-Supported Simulation for Interactions in the Operating Theatre (ViSIOT): Oral Research Presentation.22nd Annual Meeting of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). Lisbon, Portugal.
Ralhan, S., Weldon, S-M., Kneebone, R., & Bello, F. (2016). Sequential Simulation Workshops: An Innovative Approach to Working Together (engaging front-line staff, patients and publics) to Develop New Integrated Models of Care. TASME Annual Spring Conference. London, UK.
Weldon, S., Kronfli, M., Granados, A., Kneebone, R., Bello, F. (2016). Addressing simulation accessibility and integrated healthcare training and education through Sequential Simulation and Distributed Simulation. 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). Lisbon, Portugal
Kronfli, M., Coates, L., Granados, A., Woodward, P., Kelay, T., Weldon, S-M., Kneebone, R., Bello, F. (2016). Implementing Simulation-Based Educational Tools in the Community Setting. Oral Research Presentation.22nd Annual Meeting of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). Lisbon, Portugal
Schramm, M., Weldon, S-M., & Kneebone, R. (2016). Hybrid simulation - high fidelity at low cost. RCSEd North of England Medical Students and Foundation Doctors Surgical Research symposium. Bradford, UK.
 
Weldon, S-M., & Korkiakangas, T.(2016). Music and Communication the Operating Theatre. Poster presented at AORN Surgical Conference & Expo, Anaheim, California, USA.
 
Korkiakangas, T., & Weldon, S-M. (2016). ViSIOT: Evidence-Based Training for Improving Interactions in the Operating Room. Poster presented at AORN Surgical Conference & Expo, Anaheim, California, USA.
 
Korkiakangas, T., & Weldon, S-M. (2016). Mobilizing a team. Poster presented at AORN Surgical Conference & Expo, Anaheim, California, USA.
 
Weldon, S-M., Bello, F., & Kneebone, R. (2015, June). Sequential Simulation (SqS) Concept & Applications. Presentation at UK Simulation in Nursing Education Conference 2015, Belfast, UK.
 
Huddy, J. R., Weldon, S-M., Ralhan, S., Bello, F., Kneebone, R., & Hanna, G. B. (2015, May 19). Sequential simulation of clinical pathways: a tool for public and patient involvement in diagnostic research. A poster presented at the UK Diagnostic Forum, Oxford, UK.
 
Coates, L., Weldon, S-M., Rodrigues, A. R., Bello, F., & Kneebone, R. (2015). Simulation as a public engagement: Engaging children in medicine and science in some surprising places. Presentation at the International Pediatric Simulation Symposia and Workshops, Vancouver, Canada.
 
Paice, E., Weldon, S-M., Ralhan, S., Bello, F., & Kneebone, R. (2015, April 22). Patient produced simulation for education and training. Mini-course at International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, ExCel London.
 
Paice, E., Weldon, S-M., Ralhan, S., Bello, F., & Kneebone, R. (2015, March 27). Sequential simulation (SqS) of a patient journey: an intervention to engage GP receptionists in integrated care. Presentation at the 15th International Conference for Integrated Care, Edinburgh, UK.
 
Weldon, S-M., Coates, L., Kneebone, R., & Bello, F. Hounslow Whole System Integrated Model of Care Sequential Simulation (SqS) Workshops. A poster presented at the Health Education North West London - Simulation: Is a New Approach Needed? Conference, London, Uk.
 
Coates, L., Malik, N., Granados, A., Kelay, T., Weldon, S-M., Woodward, P., Kneebone R.,  & Bello, F. (2014, December 8). COLLABORATIVE CLINICAL EDUCATION: Our experience of moving simulation training from secondary care to the primary care environment. A poster presented at the Health Education North West London - Simulation: Is a New Approach Needed? Conference, London, Uk.
 
Weldon, S-M., Korkiakangas, T., Bezemer, J., & Kneebone, R. (2014, September 2).Communication and Team Work in the Operating Theatre: Challenges and Opportunities: A multi-disciplinary seminar with health care professionals and social scientists. The Wellcome Trust. http://www.patientsafetyfirst.nhs.uk/ashx/Asset.ashxpath=/calendar/Imperial%20event%202nd%20Sep%2014.pdf
 
Kneebone, R., Cope, A., & Weldon. (2014, July 14). Performing Surgery: Practice and Reconstruction. Presentation at the Rethinking Patent Cultures, University of Leeds, UK.
 
Hewitson, R., Weldon, S-M., Sorefan, Z., & Corbet-Burcher, G. (2014, July 10). Using sequential simulation to demonstrate the concept of integrated care. A poster presented at The Royal Society of Medicines Innovations and opportunities in integrated child health Conference, London, UK.
 
Korkiakangas, T. & Weldon, S-M. (2014, June 27). Object transfer in the operating theatre. A paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Conversation Analysis, UCLA Los Angeles, 27th June.
 
Weldon, S., Korkiakangas, T., Bezemer, J., & Kneebone, R. (2014, April 4). Music & Communication in the Operating Theatre. RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
 
Korkiakangas, T., & Weldon, S-M.(2013, October 21). Video-Analysis of Communication in the Operating Theatre. Conversation Analysis Conference. Presented at Roehampton University, London, UK.
 
Weldon, S. & Korkiakangas, T. (2013, June 14). Interactional video-analysis: A new approach for examining inter-professional communication in simulation. Poster presented at the 12th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference: Hit the Jackpot with Evidence Based Simulation, Las Vegas, Nevada, US.
 
Korkiakangas, T., & Weldon, S-M.(2013, June 13). Video-analysis of communication in the operating theatre: Mapping high-fidelity simulation to real clinical work. 12th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference: Hit the Jackpot with Evidence Based Simulation, Las Vegas, Nevada, US.
 
Weldon, S., Korkiakangas, T., Bezemer, J., & Kneebone, R. (2013, Mar 21). Examining communication in the operating theatre using video-analysis. RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Belfast, United Kingdom.
 
Korkiakangas, T., Weldon, S-M., Bezemer, J., & Kneebone, R. (2012, Dec 17). Requesting and receiving instruments in the operating theatre: A multimodal perspective. 6th Annual Conversation Analysis Day Meeting, Loughborough University, United Kingdom.
 
Korkiakangas, T., Weldon, S., Bezemer, J., & Kneebone, R. (2012, Oct 30). Video-analysis of teamwork within the operating theatre: Implications for simulation. 3rd Low-cost Training Trends & Technology (t3) Conference, Westminster Conference Centre, London, United Kingdom.
 
Weldon, S., Korkiakangas, T., Bezemer, J., Kress, G., Nicholson, K., & Kneebone, R. (2012, Oct 21-25). Video analysis of bodily conduct in teamwork within the operating theatre. Poster presented at the 18th Qualitative Health Research Conference (QHR 2012), Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
 
Weldon, S., Korkiakangas, T., Bezemer, J., Kress, G., Nicholson, K., & Kneebone, R. . (2012,  Oct 10). Interprofessional leadership development in the operating theatre; interactional video analysis. Workshop facilitated London Deanery Events Centre, 2nd Floor, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, London.
 
Korkiakangas, T., Weldon, S-M., Bezemer, J., Kress, G., Nicholson, K., & Kneebone, R. (2012, Aug 23). Communication in the operating theatre: A multimodal perspective. 6th International Conference on Multimodality (6-ICOM), Institute of Education (University of London), United Kingdom.

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