Sally Pezaro


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    Dr Sally Pezaro is an academic midwife with clinical as well as research and teaching experience. The 'Golden Thread' through Dr Pezaro's work is her application of the arts, workforce perspectives and co-creation.

    Dr Pezaro's current research focuses on workplace wellbeing and 'Research Inspired Teaching'. Additionally, Dr Pezaro's collaborative work looks toward improving maternity care for childbearing women with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) and the related Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD). This work in particular has resulted in the co-creation of a number of impactful resources shared via Furthermore, Dr Pezaro's work looks towards improving the delivery of care for other groups such as those birthing within the transgender community and victims of domestic violence and abuse.

    One of Dr Pezaro's more recent publications include 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 is also associate editor 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 is also proud to stand as a committee member of the Mary Seacole Awards programme. This programme is funded by Health Education England and delivered in association with the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing, Unison and Unite with support from NHS Employers.

    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 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, University of Western Australia

    1 Nov 202011 Dec 2020

    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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