Imperial College London

Professor Sharon Marie Weldon

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Honorary Research Fellow



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Sharon Marie Weldon is a Professor in Healthcare Simulation and Workforce Development at the University of Greenwich. 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 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 simulation termed Sequential Simulation (SqS).

Her research now mainly focuses on communication, teamwork, workforce development, and innovative uses of simulation, specifically transformative simulation and sequential 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.

In the Media

Music and Communication in the Operating Theatre
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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Weldon S, Kneebone R, Bello F, 2016, Collaborative healthcare remodelling through Sequential Simulation (SqS): a patient and front-line staff perspective, Bmj Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning, Vol:2, ISSN:2056-6697, Pages:78-86

Kneebone RL, Weldon SM, Ralham S, et al., 2015, Sequential Simulation (SqS): an innovative approach to educating GP receptionists about integrated care via a patient journey – a mixed methods approach, BMC Family Practice, Vol:16, ISSN:1471-2296

Weldon S-M, Korkiakangas T, Bezemer J, et al., 2014, Music & Communication in the Operating Theatre

Weldon S-M, Korkiakangas T, Bezemer J, 2014, Communication in the Operating Theatre, British Journal of Surgery

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