Susan Wakefield

Susan Wakefield SFHEA, MSc., PG Dip., PG Cert, Adv. Dip. (Counselling), RMN, RNT.

Head of Department Nursing and Midwifery


As Head of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery I lead on the development and implementation of the the department business which encompasses the academic offer; student experience; research and innovation; global and academic partnerships and business and enterprise activities. Part of my role is to shape the department's academic offer in response to external drivers and workforce demands.

I am a member of College of HWLS Leadership Team and work with CLT colleagues to develop and implement the college business plan. I am a member of academic board and a stakeholder governor at Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust. I am a registered mental Heath nurse, and my areas of scholarly activity are focused on supervising and assessing students in practice, health technologies- with a focus on chatbots, and participations' experiences of participatory research. I am proud of the impact our students and staff have on the health economy of the region and how the department and college supports the university's civic ambitions.


I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse and worked in the NHS for many years before starting my academic career at SHU. I worked in a range of role sin the NHS including clinical roles in inpatient, day patient and community services. I held a research post as site coordinator of an international randomised control trial and latterly as a senior leader in the NHS leading the design and delivery of Integrated Care Pathways across large organisations. Since joining SHU I have held a number of roles at department, college and university level. I am proud of the role department colleagues have in transforming the lives of our students. Our graduates go on to make a difference to health care and service users experience regionally and nationally.


Mental Health Nursing


  • Chatbots in healthcare
  • Participants experience of participatory research/co-design


Journal articles

Frazer, S., Hanson, D., & Wakefield, S. (2006). Primary care graduate mental health workers' experience of using an integrated care pathway for the treatment of depression in primary care. Primary Care Mental Health, 4 (4), 255-263.

Chave, J., Painter, J., Peet, M., & Wakefield, S. (2004). Using an Integrated Care Pathway to Deliver a Nurse-Led Clozapine Clinic. Journal of integrated Care Pathways, 8 (3), 114-118.

Wakefield, S., & Peet, M. (2003). Developing Integrated Care Pathways in Mental Health: The Critical Success Factors. Journal of integrated Care Pathways, 7 (1), 47-49.

Peet, M., & Wakefield, S. (2002). Integrated Care Pathways in Mental Health: The Need for the ‘Human Touch’. Journal of integrated Care Pathways, 6 (3), 108-114.

Hunt, C., Wakefield, S., & Hunt, G. (2001). Community Nurse Learning Disabilities: A Case Study of the Use of an Evidence-Based Screening Tool to Identify and Meet the Health Needs of People with Learning Disabilities. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 5 (1), 9-18.

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