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Mandy Brailsford

Mandy Brailsford MSc, RN, BMedSci, PGC, PGCE, FHEA

Principal Lecturer


I am Principal Lecturer & Professional Lead for Advancing Practice in the Department, and I am passionate about both student and staff experience in developing Advancing Practice. I manage the Advancing Practice team and the Centre for Health & Social Care Leadership and the teaching portfolios these include. My research focus is both workforce transformation and on using augmented reality to enhance clinical simulation and compassion in healthcare. We have received international recognition for our pioneering work in this area. I work at Hallam part time and I am also seconded to Health Education Yorkshire & the Humber as Associate Dean.


I am an Intensive Care nurse by background and therefore teach many aspects of caring for the deteriorating patient. I am also resuscitation lead, a subject I am hugely passionate about and I work as an Approved Educator for The Resuscitation Council (UK) educating on and designing multidisciplinary Generic Instructor Courses throughout the UK and Europe.

As well as teaching on our undergraduate nursing courses, I also deliver teaching to postgraduate medical, dentistry, nursing and AHP students studying for both MSc Advanced Clinical Practice and MSc Healthcare Education. I manage a wide ranging portfolio including both the above MSc's; the Centre for Leadership; the Centre for Medical & Dental Education and our Prescribing Hub.

I am passionate about education and creating a healthcare workforce that is fit for purpose for the UK in the years to come where we know populations and demographics are changing and require a different model of healthcare system.

I hope that my past, present and future experiences add to the educational benefits of studying and working with Sheffield Hallam University.


Centre for Leadership

I deliver teaching on the BSc (Honours) Nursing (Adult), MSc Nursing, MSc Advanced Clinical Practice, MSc Healthcare Education, PGDip Physician Associate Studies, MSc Health & Social Care Leadership courses.

I am module leader for the Technology Enhanced Learning for Healthcare Education module.


My areas of research interest are:

  • Workforce transformation
  • Assessment of competence
  • Technology enhanced learning


Journal articles

Brailsford, M., Clark, D., & Gissing, R. (2013). Simulation brought to life. Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987), 28 (1), 64.

Brailsford, M., Clark, D., & Gissing, R. (n.d.). Augmented Reality: An enchanting way to introduce simulations? Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Brailsford, M., Flanagan, J., & Hutchinson, J. (n.d.). case Report: University Nursing & Health Care Students Work in Partnership tp 'Save a Life'. British Journal of Resuscitation.


Smith, T., Woolliscroft, T., Mccrum, A., & Brailsford, M. (2020). Advanced Clinical Practitioner Training Support Package Evaluation. Centre for Leadership in Health and Social Care, Sheffield Hallam University.

Other activities

• Associate Dean Health Education England Yorkshire & the Humber

• Approved Educator: UK Resuscitation Council

• External Examiner Leeds Beckett approval of MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise students completing their MSc dissertations within advanced practice, education and leadership.


Mandy is professional lead for advancing practice within the department of Nursing and Midwifery. Her specialities include acute and critical care, education and technology enhanced learning. Her research looks at how technology can be used to enhance healthcare education and training.

Mandy has expertise in:

  • Technology enhanced learning
  • Augmented Reality
  • Resuscitation
  • Acute & critical care nursing

Notable Media Coverage:

Sheffield Star [June 2013]: Using Augmented Reality to Help Sheffield Care Staff

The Yorkshire Post [June 2013]: Mannequins 'talk' to nurses on dummy run

Big Issue [March 2014] : Coverage of the unique way we are using augmented reality.

BBC Click [May 2014]: The medical mannequins 'brought to life' with emotions

Calendar News [June 2013]

Hospital [June 2013]: UK University Introduces Augmented Reality Technology into Nurse Training

Augmented Reality Trends [May 2014]: Medical mannequins

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