Sally Pezaro


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    Dr Sally Pezaro is a Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives (FRCM), a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panellist with clinical as well as research and teaching experience. Dr Pezaro is also a mentor to Mary Seacole Leadership Awardees, coach to the Council of Deans of Health #150Leaders, and the Nursing Now Challenge ‘Midwifery Champion’. Dr Pezaro has experience working as a midwife clinically in the United Kingdom, the Gambia and Ethiopia. Reflecting on her own experiences, Dr Pezaro ensures that her work, now in research and academia remains challenge led. 

    With a keen interest in supporting those childbearing with hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD), Dr Pezaro is the lead midwife for and an invited member of the Ehlers-Danlos Society's International Consortium.  

    Dr Pezaro's work also looks toward improving the delivery of perinatal care in other groups such as minoritised ethnic communities, those birthing within the transgender community and victims of domestic violence and abuse. Capturing the impact from some of this work, Dr Pezaro is the course director for the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) 'Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) in Pregnancy'

    Nevertheless, Dr Pezaro's work remains predominantly focussed upon healthcare workforce research. Outputs in this area include 'Boats on an Ocean' and the Royal College of Midwives report and recommendations on workplace support for midwives experiencing domestic abuse. Some of her research work has also contributed to the development of NHS England's and NHS Improvement’s Resource pack to support workplace compassion and support guide towards commissioning for workplace compassion along with the Royal College of Midwives equality and diversity report on work-related stress.

    As well as teaching, mentoring and supervising students in evidence-based practice and research methodologies, Dr Pezaro also acts as an editorial board member for the British Journal of Midwifery, both MIDIRS Midwifery Digest and Evidence Based Midwifery, the International Journal of Childbirth and the CPQ Women and Child Health journal. She sources talent at every level to ensure that all projects are delivered with impact.

    Dr Pezaro won a 'Midwives Award' from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust in 2021. In 2019, Dr Pezaro was honoured with a first prize award from the Royal Society of Medicine in 'Leading and inspiring excellence in maternity care' and was also first runner-up for the British Journal of Midwifery's 'Midwife of the Year' 2019. 

    Twitter: @SallyPezaro 


    Research Interests

    • Development and evaluation of 'Research Inspired Teaching'
    • Development of workplace compassion and wellbeing
    • Development and evaluation of online and app-based health interventions
    • Reducing inequalities in healthcare
    • Achieving excellence in healthcare services

    Vision Statement

    Both research, and research inspired teaching have huge potential in instigating positive and evidence-based 'real world' change on an international scale. As such, my objective as an academic will always be to co-create pathways to impact, and ensure that everything I do makes a real difference in the real world.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Academic Practice in Higher Education, PgCAPHE (Distinction), Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University

    Award Date: 31 Jul 2020

    Global Leadership, Postgraduate Diploma

    Award Date: 22 Nov 2017

    Midwifery, Doctorate

    Award Date: 22 Nov 2017

    Leadership for Health and Social Care, MSc

    Award Date: 30 May 2014

    Midwifery - Registered Midwife - Direct Entry

    Award Date: 17 Sep 2007

    Drama, Media, Communications and Popular Culture, Degree

    Award Date: 24 Sep 2004

    External positions

    External examiner of PhD, Edith Cowan University

    Aug 2021

    Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), Higher Education Academy (HEA)

    Jul 2021 → …

    Invited International Consortium Member, The Ehlers-Danlos Society

    17 Jun 2021 → …

    Fellow (FRCM), Royal College of Midwives

    16 Mar 2021 → …

    External examiner of PhD, University of Western Australia

    1 Nov 202011 Dec 2020

    Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

    Jul 2020Jul 2021

    Associate Editor, MIDIRS Midwifery Digest and Evidence Based Midwifery

    27 May 2020 → …

    Panelist: Fitness to Practise Investigating Committee, Nursing and Midwifery Council

    29 Jan 2020 → …

    Midwifery Professional Advisory Committee Member, GOLD Conferences International

    2020 → …

    External examiner of PhD, Edith Cowan University

    Nov 2019 → …

    Associate editor, The British Journal of Midwifery

    1 Jun 2019 → …

    External Subject Specialist: Quality Review for Midwifery, Swansea University

    22 Feb 2019 → …

    Expert Judge for the British Journal of Midwifery Awards (All categories), The British Journal of Midwifery

    2019 → …

    Expert Judge for the Nursing Times Awards (Student Midwife of the Year Category), The Nursing Times

    2019 → …

    Steering group committee member, Mary Seacole Awards Programme

    30 Oct 2018 → …

    External Academic Panel Member - Teaching Quality and Standards Committee for the Course approval of: MSc Advanced Practice pathways, PG/CPD , University of Bedfordshire

    8 Jun 2017 → …

    Associate Editor, The International Journal of Childbirth

    2017 → …


    • RG Gynecology and obstetrics
    • Midwifery
    • Midwife
    • Qualitative research
    • resilience
    • Wellbeing
    • Quantitative research
    • stress management
    • PPI
    • Patient and Public Involvement
    • Co-Design
    • Occupational Psychology
    • RT Nursing
    • Psychological distress
    • Mental health


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