Pam Sharp

Senior Lecturer

MSc (Advanced Health Care Practice), PgDip (Professional Education), Registered Nurse

Pam trained in Birmingham as a General Nurse later specialising in Respiratory Medicine. She worked as a research nurse in Asthma genetics, as a lecturer practitioner and as a Service Delivery Manager before moving into full time education in 1998. Since being in the school Pam completed a PgDip in professional education and an MSc in Advance Health Care Practice undertaking her dissertation exploring factors influencing mentor development. She is an active member of the school's Placement Learning Committee, and the Practice Assessment Group working with colleagues from partner organisations. She has contributed to developing several policies and guidelines and implementing and disseminating professional body standards. She is a link lecturer to students in practice and an Academic Advisor. She is responsible for developing and delivering mentor updates and liaising with placement partners organising bi-annual mentor update workshops. She has published on reflection in practice,  and recently co-authored accessible books on Evidence Based Practice and on Critical thinking. She has presented papers on these topics at numerous conferences. She has taught in Hong Kong for several years.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Royal College of Nursing
Higher Education Academy - Special Interest Group (Practice Education)


Undergraduate: Pre-qualifying adult nursing:

  • 1st year clinical skills, introduction and developing professional practice,
  • 3rd year Making decisions and using evidence and Dissertation support
  • Ad hoc teaching for pharmacology module and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)

Post qualifying multi-professional: Facilitating and assessing placement learning
Post qualifying-
Hong Kong: Critical appraisal of research

Postgraduate: Creating Frameworks, post graduate education course: ad hoc sessions

Teaching/Research interests

  • Mentorship, practice education, competency assessment and grading of practice
  • Decision Making and evidence based practice
  • Reflection
  • Clinical skills

Selected Publications


Aveyard H & Sharp P (2013)  A Beginner's Guide to Evidence based practice in Health and Social care 2nd ed. Open University Press (Available from:

Maddison C & Sharp P  (2013) (In press) An exploration of the student and mentor journey into reflection IN Bulman & Schutz (2013) Reflective Practice in Nursing 5th Edition, Blackwell-Wiley Oxford,descCd-collegeEdNotes.html

Aveyard, H., Sharp, P. and Wooliams, M. (2011). A Beginner's Guide to Critical Thinking and Writing in Health and Social Care. Open University Press. (

Aveyard, H. and Sharp, P. (2009). A Beginner's Guide to Evidence Based Practice. Open University Press. (

Sharp P & Maddison C (2008) Chapter 4 An exploration of the student and mentor journey into reflective practice in Bulman C & Schutz (2008) eds. Reflective practice in Nursing 4th Edition. Oxford Blackwell (

Sharp, P., Ainslie, T., Hemphill, A., Hobson, S., Merriman, C., Ong, P. and Roche, J. 2006. Mentoring: A resource for those who facilitate placement learning. Version 2, 23 January. Inter-professional learning in practice (

Schutz, S. Angove, C & Sharp P (2004) Chapter 3 Assessing and evaluating reflection. In Bulman C & Schutz S (Eds) 2004. Reflective Practice in Nursing 3rd ed. Blackwell Publishing. Oxford.

Davies C & Sharp PA (1999) Assessing and Evaluating Reflection (Chapter in Burns S & Bulman C (1999) Reflective Practice in Nursing, 2nd Ed. Blackwell Scientific Publications. Oxford

Peer reviewed papers

Harding M, Sharp PA (1995). Asthma Education in Hospital and General Practice. Auditorium. 1. 21-23

Sharp P.A (1994) Use and abuse of Oxygen Therapy. Surgical Nurse. 7 (5) 28-31

Cookson WOCM Young RP, Sharp PA, Hopkin JM (1992) Maternal inheritance of Atopic IGE responsiveness on Chromosome 11q. The Lancet. 381-384

Young RP, Sharp PA, Lynch JR et al (1992) Confirmation of genetic linkage between atopic IgE responses and chromosome 11q. Journal of Medical Genetics. 29: 236-238

Moffet MF, Sharp PA et al (1992) Factors confounding genetic linkage between atopy and chromosome 11q. Journal of Medical Genetics. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 22: 1-6

Faux J, Sharp PA (1992) Comparison of skin prick tests and RAST with asthma/rhinitis and symptoms to cats and dogs. Immunology. Abstract.

Cookson WOCM, Sharp PA, Faux JA, Hopkin JM (1989) Linkage between immunoglobulin E responses underlying asthma and rhinitis and chromosome 11q. The Lancet. i :1292-5

Other papers

Sharp P (2004) Mutual Benefit (mentoring). Nursing Standard. 6,4 p30

Sharp P (2003) A phenomenological exploration of factors influencing mentor development: Submitted as dissertation for MSC Advanced Health Care Practice. Oxford. Oxford Brookes University.

Publications from RADAR

  • Aveyard, H, Sharp, P (2009) A beginner's guide to evidence based practice. [summary page]
Pam Sharp


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