Barbara Beard has been a senior lecturer in end of life care at Sheffield Hallam University since 2008. Prior to moving to the university she was the Head of Education at St Luke's Hospice in Sheffield as part of the collaborative provision of Sheffield Hallam University, where she was course leader for the PG Diploma, Supportive and Palliative care and the BA(Honours) Supportive and Palliative Care.
On commencing at the university, she became the first course leader for the MSc Supportive and Palliative Care. She continued with this role until 2014 when she reduced her hours.
As a registers nurse, she has previously worked in a wide variety of clinical settings, in the UK, Canada and Switzerland.
She is passionate about enhancing the quality of end of life care in all clinical settings. To enhance her own clinical practice, she is also a volunteer at St Luke's Hospice Sheffield where she supports the bereaved in their own homes.
She is now the Module Leader for three MSc modules and also a supervisor for palliative care students who access the Dissertation, Work Based Learning and Personalised Study modules.
Both at St Luke's Hospice and at Sheffield Hallam University, she has been responsible for the preparation of documentation and presentations for the validation and re-validation of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. She is a member of the academic misconduct panel and is an external examiner at Liverpool, John Moores University.
She was awarded the International Journal of Palliative Nursing, Educator of the Year - third prize in 2012.
Specialist areas of interest
Ethical theory and decision making with application to clinical practice
The theory and practice of supporting people who have experienced a loss or bereavement
Development of communication skills with a particular interest in facilitating role play
Support of students while studying end of life care
Enhancing the quality of care to in end of life care