Dr Sharon Weldon

Dr Sharon Weldon RGN, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Reader in Nursing Research and Education

Key details

Dr Sharon M Weldon
RGN, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Reader in Nursing Research and Education


Dr Sharon Marie Weldon is a Reader in Nursing Research and Education. She leads the Centre for Professional Workforce Development, Leadership and Communication across the Faculty of Education, Health Science and Human Sciences, and is Deputy Head for Research and Enterprise in the School of Health Sciences. She holds honorary positions with Imperial College London and Barts Health NHS Trust.

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.

Whilst practicing nursing, she completed a Masters at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Public Health, with a particular emphasis on global health, disease epidemiology and diagnostic tests sensitivity and specificity. Following this her research focus changed to communication and innovative uses for simulation. She completed a PhD with Imperial College London that used theoretical and empirical data to generate a conceptual and process model relating to a novel form of structured and un-structured simulation pedagogy.

Her research now mainly focuses on communication, teamwork, workforce development, and innovative uses of simulation. She collaborates widely and uses a range of methodologies to address her research questions and to generate impact in practice.

Sharon currently teaches observational research and Sequential Simulation (SqS) for the Masters in Surgical Education and Surgical Innovation courses at Imperial College London; communication in the operating theatre to post-graduate students at South Bank University; and research methods and ethics to healthcare post-graduate student at Barts Health NHS Trust and the University of Greenwich.

Posts held previously:

  • Reader in Nursing Research and Education – Joint appointment with Barts Health NHS Trust and the University of Greenwich
    Main duties were to produce high-quality research that was 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 provided direction for clinical academic development across the NMAHP workforce at Barts Health.
  • Senior Research Officer - Imperial College London
    Main duties were to lead, develop and coordinate on-going and projected research projects within the department. This included: 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
    An ethnographic research project that required video/audio-recording communication between healthcare professionals in operating theatres. Responsibilities included 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
    A large-scale longitudinal research project looking at Tuberculosis diagnostic tools. Main duties include the recruitment of research participants across several London Tuberculosis clinics/hospital locations. Responsibilities included the collection and management of specimen samples, giving Mantoux tests, and the collection of demographic and clinical data. Data inputting, monitoring and auditing of the study.
  • Infectious Disease Nurse - St George's Healthcare NHS Trust
    Registered nurse on a specialized infectious disease unit, undertaking specialist nursing care. Including a secondment to St. George's chest clinic to develop specialist skills as a TB nurse.
  • Paediatric Theatre Practitioner - Barts and the London NHS Trust
    A theatre practitioner in emergency and elective paediatric theatres. Covering orthopaedic, general, plastic, ocular and trauma and emergency surgery.
  • General nurse and lecturer - Kissizi Hospital, Uganda
    Worked as a nurse and taught student Ugandan nurses. The hospital was up in the mountains on the border of the Congo and only had hydroelectricity at certain times of the day.
  • Support Worker - MaCintyre Care Charity
    Support worker to adults with learning disabilities. Supporting them to manage their finances, health, daily activities and entertainment.

Responsibilities within the university

Deputy Head for Research and Enterprise
To work alongside the Head of School and other Deputy heads to lead the strategic development of high-quality academic programmes, student experience and research in the School of Health Sciences, and to manage research staff within the School.

Centre Lead for Professional Workforce Development, Leadership and Communication
To manage and develop projects related to workforce development, leadership and communication by involving academics and practitioners from across multiple different professions that will ultimately generate broader thinking research that impacts the lifecourse development of individuals and communities.

Reader in Nursing Research and Education
To generate high-quality healthcare research, secure research funding, and to disseminate the knowledge acquired through post-graduate supervision, teaching, mentoring, publishing, and impact.

Awards

  • Workshop winner at the ASPiH Conference, Telford 2017
  • Global Health summer school scholarship from Imperial College London to visit the University of Cape Town 2016 to meet international researchers with the aim of coming together to problem solve global health challenges.
  • Research-related media appearances. Interviews given to BBC World News, BBC Breakfast & the Today show & others, 2015
  • Simulation poster competition winner at Health Education North West London conference (£500), 2014
  • Paper of the day winner at the Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference, 2014. RCN Chair's comments: "Fantastic presentation that generated loads of discussion. It raised issues of patient safety, lack of respect for colleagues and potential costs and rises of playing loud music in the theatre. This was for me the biggest and most far reaching presentation of the conference that must have further exposure."
  • Public Engagement Ambassador award - National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement, 2013
  • Poster award winner at the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning, Las Vegas, USA, ($100), 2013

Recognition

  • Registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council 
  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing
  • Member of the Council of Dean's Research Advisory Group
  • Member of the Association of UK University Hospitals Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Board
  • Editorial board member for the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice 
  • Editorial board member the BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning
  • External research-based accreditor to the King Saud University, Saudi Arabia.
  • External PhD examiner to Monash University, Australia.
  • Honorary Reader, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College London

Research / Scholarly interests

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 (Distributed Simulation); and studies looking at the use of simulation 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; to name but a few.

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.

She prefers to draw on a range of methodologies (gained through her varied research experience) to address her research questions to ensure the right method is used for the research needs and to ensure the generation of impact in practice.

Key funded projects

2019 - Health Education England - Increasing clinical placement capacity for pre-registration nurses using simulation.

2018 - Barts Health NHS Trust and Health Education England - NMAHP research capacity building.

2018 - Economic & Social Research Council – ViSIOT Impact Acceleration Award.

2017 - Arts & Humanities Research Council - 'Let me Take Care of You': how dining and surgery can improve care and illuminate each other's practices.

2017 - University of Greenwich - Research Capital Investment Fund: simulation equipment.

2017 - University of Greenwich - QR Competitive funding: Systematic literature review on diabetes.

2016 - Economic & Social Research Council – ViSIOT Impact Acceleration Award.

2016 - Health Education England – Sharing Approaches to Maternity Services (SAMS)

2015 - Wellcome Trust People Award - The Time Travelling Operating Theatre.

2015 - Royal College of Nursing Foundation - Documentary filming award.

Recent publications

Article

Markowski, Marianne , Cleaver, Karen, Weldon, Sharon Marie (2020), An integrative review of the factors influencing older nurses’ timing of retirement. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 76 (9) . pp. 2266-2285 ISSN: 0309-2402 (Print), 1365-2648 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.14442).

Thompson, Trevor , Dias, Sofia, Poulter, Damian, Weldon, Sharon , Marsh, Lucy , Rossato, Claire , Shin, Jae Il , Firth, Joseph , Veronese, Nicola , Dragioti, Elena (2020), Efficacy and acceptability of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for non-specific chronic low back pain: a protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMC. In: , , , . BMC, Systematic Reviews, 9: 130 2046-4053 (Online) (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13643-020-01398-3).

Pallotti, Francesca , Weldon, Sharon Marie, Lomi, Alessandro (2020), Lost in translation: collecting and coding data on social relations from audio-visual recordings. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Social Networks ISSN: 0378-8733 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2020.02.006).

Ojo, Omorogieva , Weldon, Sharon Marie, Thompson, Trevor, Crockett, Rachel , Wang, Xiao-Hua (2019), The effect of diabetes-specific enteral nutrition formula on cardiometabolic parameters in patients with type 2 diabetes: a systematic review and meta–analysis of randomised controlled trials. MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, Nutrients, 11: 1905 (8) ISSN: 2072-6643 (Print), 2072-6643 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11081905).

Ojo, Omorogieva , Weldon, Sharon M., Thompson, Trevor, Vargo, Elisabeth J. (2019), The effect of Vitamin D supplementation on glycaemic control in women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16: 1716 (10) ISSN: 1661-7827 (Print), 1660-4601 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16101716).

Weldon, Sharon Marie , Korkiakangas, Terhi, Calzada, Jennifer, Korndorffer, James R. , Kneebone, Roger L. (2019), A surgical team simulation to improve teamwork and communication across two continents: ViSIOT™ proof-of-concept study. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Journal of Surgical Education, 76 (5) . pp. 1413-1424 ISSN: 1931-7204 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsurg.2019.03.016).

Weldon, Sharon Marie , Korkiakangas, Terhi, Kneebone, Roger (2019), How simulation techniques and approaches can be used to compare, contrast and improve care: an immersive simulation of a three-Michelin star restaurant and a day surgery unit. BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. In: , , , . BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning, 6 (2) . pp. 65-66 ISSN: 2056-6697 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjstel-2018-000433).

Imran, Ambreen , Holden, Ben, Weldon, Sharon Marie, Boak, Duncan , Klaber, Bob , Kneebone, Roger , Watson, Mando , Bello, Fernando (2019), ‘How to help your unwell child’: a sequential simulation project. BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. In: , , , . BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning, 6 (2) . pp. 127-128 ISSN: 2056-6697 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjstel-2018-000432).

Weil, Anna , Weldon, Sharon Marie, Kronfli, Miranda, Watkins, Ben , Kneebone, Roger , Bello, Fernando , Cox, Sarah (2018), A new approach to multi-professional end of life care training using a sequential simulation (SqS Simulation™) design: A mixed methods study. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Nurse Education Today, 71 . pp. 26-33 ISSN: 0260-6917 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2018.08.022).

Weldon, Sharon Marie , Kelay, Tanika, Ako, Emmanuel, Cox, Benita , Bello, Fernando , Kneebone, Roger (2017), Sequential simulation used as a novel educational tool aimed at healthcare managers: a patient-centred approach. BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. In: , , , . BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning, 4 (1) . pp. 13-18 ISSN: 2056-6697 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjstel-2017-000216).

Bezemer, Jeff , Cope, Alexandra, Korkiakangas, Terhi, Kress, Gunther , Murtagh, Ged , Weldon, Sharon-Marie , Kneebone, Roger (2016), Microanalysis of video from the operating room: an underused approach to patient safety research. BMJ Publishing Group Limited. In: , , , . BMJ Publishing Group Limited, BMJ Quality & Safety ISSN: 2044-5415 (Print), 2044-5423 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjqs-2016-005816).

Huddy, Jeremy R. , Weldon, Sharon Marie, Ralhan, Shavaita, Painter, Tim , Hanna, George B. , Kneebone, Roger , Bello, Fernando (2016), Sequential simulation (SqS) of clinical pathways: a tool for public and patient engagement in point-of-care diagnostics. BMJ Publishing Group. In: , , , . BMJ Publishing Group, BMJ Open, 6: e011043 (9) 2044-6055 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011043).

Weldon, Sharon Marie , Kneebone, Roger, Bello, Fernando (2016), Collaborative healthcare remodelling through sequential simulation: a patient and front-line staff perspective. Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare. In: , , , . Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare, BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning, 2 (3) . pp. 78-86 2056-6697 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjstel-2016-000113).

Weldon, Sharon-Marie , Ralhan, Shvaita, Paice, Lis, Kneebone, Roger , Bello, Fernando (2016), Sequential simulation of a patient pathway. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, The Clinical teacher, 14 (2) . pp. 90-94 ISSN: 1743-4971 (Print), 1743-498X (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tct.12549) NB Item availability restricted.

Kneebone, Roger , Weldon, Sharon-Marie, Bello, Fernando (2016), Engaging patients and clinicians through simulation: rebalancing the dynamics of care. BioMed Central. In: , , , . BioMed Central, Advances in Simulation, 1 (19) 2059-0628 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s41077-016-0019-9).

Sadideen, Hazim , Weldon, Sharon-Marie, Kneebone, Roger (2016), A video analysis of intra- and interprofessional leadership behaviors within “The Burns Suite”: Identifying key leadership models. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Journal of Surgical Education, 73 (1) . pp. 31-39 ISSN: 1931-7204 (Print), 1878-7452 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsurg.2015.09.011) NB Item availability restricted.

Bezemer, Jeff , Korkiakangas, Terhi, Weldon, Sharon-Marie, Kress, Gunther , Kneebone, Roger (2015), Unsettled teamwork: communication and learning in the operating theatres of an urban hospital. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72 (2) . pp. 361-372 ISSN: 0309-2402 (Print), 1365-2648 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jan.12835) NB Item availability restricted.

Weldon, Sharon-Marie , Ralhan, Shvaita, Paice, Elizabeth, Kneebone, Roger , Bello, Fernando (2015), Sequential simulation (SqS): an innovative approach to educating GP receptionists about integrated care via a patient journey – A mixed methods approach. BioMed Central Ltd.. In: , , , . BioMed Central Ltd., BMC Family Practice, 16 (109) 1471-2296 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12875-015-0327-5).

Weldon, Sharon-Marie , Korkiakangas, Terhi, Bezemer, Jeff, Kneebone, Roger (2015), Music and communication in the operating theatre. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71 (12) . pp. 2763-2774 ISSN: 0309-2402 (Print), 1365-2648 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.12744) NB Item availability restricted.

Korkiakangas, Terhi , Weldon, Sharon-Marie, Bezemer, Jeff, Kneebone, Roger (2015), Video-supported simulation for interactions in the operating theatre (ViSIOT). Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 11 (4) . pp. 203-207 ISSN: 1876-1399 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2015.01.006) NB Item availability restricted.

Weldon, Sharon-Marie , Harris, Alexander, Bello, Fernando, Kneebone, Roger (2014), A centenary of portable operating theatres [your view to - a portable operating theatre]. Blackwell Science Ltd.. In: , , , . Blackwell Science Ltd., British Journal of Surgery, 1 (1) . pp. 145-149 ISSN: 0007-1323 (Print), (doi: ).

Korkiakangas, Terhi , Weldon, Sharon-Marie, Bezemer, Jeff, Kneebone, Roger (2014), Nurse–surgeon object transfer: Video analysis of communication and situation awareness in the operating theatre. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, International Journal of Nursing Studies, 51 (9) . pp. 1195-1206 ISSN: 0020-7489 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2014.01.007) NB Item availability restricted.

Weldon, S.-M. , Korkiakangas, T., Bezemer, J., Kneebone, R. (2013), Communication in the operating theatre: A systematic literature review of observational research. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, British Journal of Surgery, 100 (13) . pp. 1677-1688 ISSN: 0007-1323 (Print), 1365-2168 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bjs.9332).

Weldon, Sharon-Marie , Korkoiakangas, Terhi, Bezemer, Jeff, Kneebone, Roger , Kress, Gunther , Nicholson, Kathryn (2012), Video analysis of bodily conduct in teamwork within the operating theatre. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 11 (5) . pp. 895-896 1609-4069 (Online) (doi: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/160940691201100513).

Weldon, Sharon-Marie , Korkiakangas, Terhi, Bezemer, Jeff, Kneebone, Roger , Nicholson, Kathy , Gunther, Kress (2012), Transient teams in the operating theatre. Lawrand Ltd Medical Publishing. In: , , , . Lawrand Ltd Medical Publishing, The Operating Theatre Journal, 261 (1) . pp. 2-2 (doi: ).

Book section

Korkiakangas, Terhi Kirsi , Weldon, Sharon-Marie, Bezemer, Jeff, Kneebone, Roger (2016), "Coming Up!": Why verbal acknowledgement matters in the operating theatre. Equinox Publishing Ltd. In: , , In: Sarah J. White, John A. Cartmill (eds.), Communication in Surgical Practic. Equinox Publishing Ltd, (1st) . pp. 234-256 . ISBN: 9781781790502 (doi: https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=26854).

Conference proceedings

Weldon, Sharon Marie and , (2018), Sequential Simulation (SqS): an empirical and theoretical model. BMC. In: , , , Advances in Simulatio. BMC, , 3 (66) 2059-0628 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s****************).

Weldon, Sharon Marie and , (2018), Sequential simulation model development. SAGE Publications. In: , , , International Journal of Qualitative Method. SAGE Publications, , 17 . pp. 57-57 1609-4069 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406917748701).

Weldon, Sharon Marie , Kronfli, Miranda, Bello, Fernando, Kneebone, Roger (2018), Using a variety of research methods and angles to understand a new approach that explores health-care services. SAGE Publications. In: , , , International Journal of Qualitative Method. SAGE Publications, , 17 . pp. 57-57 1609-4069 (Online) (doi: https://10.1177/1609406917748701).

Weldon, S. M. , Kronfli, M., Bello, F., Kneebone, R. (2017), How to design a Sequential Simulation (SqS) for a variety of objectives. BMJ Publishing Group Limited. In: BMJ STEL, 8 November 2017, , BMJ STE. BMJ Publishing Group Limited, , 3 (Suppl2) . pp. A4-A5 2056-6697 (Online) (doi: http://stel.bmj.com/content/3/Suppl_2/A4.2).

Weldon, S. M. , Kronfli, M., Weil, A., Wakins, B. , Cox, S. , Bello, F. , Kneebone, R. (2017), A multi-discpilnary training programme for end-of-life care: a sequential simulation. BMJ Publishing Group Limited. In: BMJ STEL, 8 November 2017, , BMJ STE. BMJ Publishing Group Limited, , 3 (Suppl2) 2056-6697 (Online) (doi: http://stel.bmj.com/content/3/Suppl_2/A35.2).

Kronfli, Miranda , Weldon, S. M., Kneebone, R., Bello, F. (2017), Sequential simulation: a new approach to sharing challenges, opportunities and learning in maternity service delivery. BMJ Publishing Group Limited. In: BMJ STEL, 7 November 2017, , BMJ STE. BMJ Publishing Group Limited, , 3 (Suppl2) . pp. A13-A14 2056-6697 (Online) (doi: http://stel.bmj.com/content/3/Suppl_2/A13.2).

Paice, Lis , Weldon, Sharon-Marie, Ralhan, Shvaita, Bello, Fernando , Kneebone, Roger Lister (2015), Sequential simulation (SqS) of a patient journey: an intervention to engage GP receptionists in integrated care. Ubiquity Press. In: International Journal of Integrated Care, , , International Journal of Integrated Car. Ubiquity Press, 1568-4156 (Online) (doi: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.2135).