Sally Pezaro


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    Dr Sally Pezaro is Research Enriched Learning Lead for the Research Centre for Healthcare and Communities and Programme Director of the Structured PhD in Healthcare Sciences. Dr Pezaro is also 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. 

    Dr Pezaro's research is focussed on gender, achieving reproductive justice for all, and addressing inequalities in reproductive services. Dr Pezaro has specifically focussed upon improving the delivery of perinatal care in groups such as minoritized global majority 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'

    Dr Pezaro's research also remains focussed upon the healthcare workforce in terms of wellbeing, leadership, and professional identity. 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 Dr Pezaro's research 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 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.

    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.  Most recently in 2022, The Ehlers-Danlos Society bestowed Dr Pezaro with the 'Outstanding Consortium Member of the Year' award, which honors a person with unparalleled dedication to the International Consortium on Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome & Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting patients and working for awareness and education for the wider community. 

    Dr Pezaro enjoys mentoring others (e.g. Mary Seacole Leadership Awardees and Council of Deans of Health #150Leaders), and is currently leading the Midwives in Focus Programme, in partnership with the Nursing Now Challenge.

    In 2021 Dr Pezaro won the 'Partnership Working' award from the Royal college of midwives and a 'Midwives Award' from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust. 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. 



    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.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

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

    Award Date: 31 Jul 2020

    Global Leadership, Postgraduate Diploma, Global Leadership

    Award Date: 22 Nov 2017

    Midwifery, Doctorate, Midwifery

    Award Date: 22 Nov 2017

    Leadership for Health and Social Care, MSc, Leadership for Health and Social Care

    Award Date: 30 May 2014

    Midwifery - Registered Midwife - Direct Entry

    Award Date: 17 Sept 2007

    Drama, Media, Communications and Popular Culture, Degree, Drama, Media, Communications and Popular Culture

    Award Date: 24 Sept 2004

    External positions

    External Examiner of PhD, University of Pretoria

    12 Dec 2023

    Expert Judge: Outstanding Contribution to Maternity Services: International, Royal College of Midwives

    12 Nov 2022 → …

    Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame Australia

    Jan 2022 → …

    Student Leadership Programme - Coach, Council of Deans of Health

    Sept 2021 → …

    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 → …

    Mary Seacole Leadership Programme - Mentor, Florence Nightingale Foundation

    May 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


    External examiner of PhD, Edith Cowan University

    Nov 2019 → …

    Associate editor, The British Journal of Midwifery

    1 Jun 20191 May 2022

    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


    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 20181 May 2021

    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 20178 Aug 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
    • Gender
    • Inequality
    • Decolonial thought
    • Leadership
    • leadership training
    • Allied Health Professionals
    • RT Nursing
    • Psychological distress
    • Mental health


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