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Mandy Brailsford

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

Principal Lecturer


I am the Professional Lead for Advancing Practice in the Department, and I am passionate about both student and staff experience in developing Advancing Practice. My research focus is on using augmented reality to enhance clinical simulation and compassion in healthcare. We have received international recognition for our pioneering work in this area.

  • About

    I am an ITU 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 multidisciplinary Generic Instructor Courses throughout the UK.

    I am particularly interested in using technology to enhance learning and lead a multidisciplinary module on this. I am assessment lead within postgraduate Nursing and Midwifery studies and believe that even this seemingly 'by the book' role is about relationships and communication.

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

  • Teaching

    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.

  • Research

    My areas of research interest are:

    • Workforce transformation
    • Assessment of competence
    • Technology enhanced learning
  • Publications

  • 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


  • Media

    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 Management.net [June 2013]: UK University Introduces Augmented Reality Technology into Nurse Training

    Augmented Reality Trends [May 2014]: Medical mannequins

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