Whilst practising 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.
She has been awarded several grants to date including a Wellcome Trust People Award; an Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Award x 2; a Royal College of Nursing Foundation award, An Arts and Humanities Research Council Award, Health Education England funding, and internal funding awards from Imperial College London and the University of Greenwich.
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.