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Dr Sarah Annesley

Senior Lecturer

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Sarah is Head of Subject - nursing and a senior lecturer - adult nursing in the Department of Nursing Midwifery & Health. She has breadth of experience in teaching, learning and scholarship gained in academic positions in two HEIs, the University of Stirling and now Northumbria university. Her knowledge and understanding of nursing is also informed by 14 years of clinical practice in a number of Scottish NHS Trusts.

Currently, Sarah is a module lead in the MSc Nursing Science programme and for a number of modules in the previous pre-registration and post-registration nursing curriculum. Sarah is an experienced personal tutor and provides professional and academic support to a group of students completing their pre-registration programme.

Sarah has knowledge of international teaching through my contribution to the MCAST/Northumbria University Pre-Registration Nurse Programme. This international experience is informed by my teaching capabilities but also by work experience as a RN in Durban, South Africa.

2018 – present NMC/Mott Macdonald QA Registrant Visitor. Sarah acts as an RN visitor to ensure the quality assurance of education programmes for nurses and nursing associates across the UK. 

2016 - present External Examiner - Sarah is appointed as an external examiner for Pre-registration Adult Nursing, at London South Bank University.



Sarah Annesley

Campus Address

Coach Lane Campus (East)
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Northumbria University


  • Nursing PhD November 13 2015
  • Nursing PGCert June 01 2005
  • Nursing MSc September 01 1994
  • Nursing Studies BSc September 01 1988
  • Registered Nurse (RN) & Registered Practice Educator Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - NMC PIN - 84J0193S 1988
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Monitoring respiratory rate in adults, Hill, B., Annesley, S. 9 Jan 2020, In: British Journal of Nursing
  • Current thinking on caring for patients with a wound: a practical approach, Annesley, S. 14 Mar 2019, In: British Journal of Nursing
  • The implications of health policy for nursing, Annesley, S. 25 Apr 2019, In: British Journal of Nursing
  • Exploration of the effects of peer teaching of research on students in an undergraduate nursing programme, Thomson, P., Smith, A., Annesley, S. 8 Aug 2014, In: Journal of Research in Nursing

PGR Supervision

Michael Stephenson The influence of work experience on leadership styles: A grounded theory study of managers in the NHS Start: 08/01/2018

Further Information

2018 – 2019 A Research Portfolio – Transformational change by nursing, midwifery and care staff across health and care. Sarah was a contributing member of this national working group, which has produced the NHS England research portfolio. The purpose of the portfolio was to demonstrate the impact and contribution that nursing, midwifery and care staff can make to transforming health and care.


Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Sarah has a research portfolio and publication record across more than 20 years from 1997 to 2020. This has focused on her early clinical specialism working in a Vascular Unit in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and her time as a Research Assistant, with the then Scottish Executive Health Department. Her publications also focus on a service redesign projects and up to my most recent research on the implementation of health policy. 

Key areas of interest are the modernisation of healthcare and the role of social and health policy in supporting the requirement for greater responsiveness, improved patient-focus and new models of care delivery. This specialism builds on my time in clinical practice and subsequently refined in my PhD. My thesis focused on the implementation of health policy promoting self-management for people with long term conditions, a priority area for health policy across the UK. Sarah has an in-depth knowledge of the health policy process, current themes and priorities in policy and recognise the importance of health policy on the practice of nursing.

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