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Amanda Briggs

Assistant Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
(Faculty of Health Studies)
Telephone +441274 236304


As a Registered Nurse (Adult) I have extensive clinical experience mostly in the domain of emergency care.  I am an Immediate Life Support Instructor and am also registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Teacher.  I have worked for a time as a practice educator and as education and training senior sister for Bradford Teaching Hospitals. NHS Trust.

I have been an assistant Professor appointed as Clinical Skills & Simulation Lead for the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at the University of Bradford since 2016. In this role I am responsible for organising delivery of clinical skills across healthcare programmes for pre-registration and post-graduate students; teaching nurses, pharmacists and physician associates ensuring skills are evidence based and meet regulatory professional standards.  As a health professional educator I am experienced in employing a number of pedagogies, including high fidelity simulation, technology enhanced learning and clinical skills practice and assessment.  My teaching practice strives to illuminate links between physical and mental health and the impact of socioeconomics on individuals’ health and wellbeing.  My philosophy aims to raise standards in nursing practice through the medium of education. 

My research interests include theory and practice relating to clinical skills, living well with dementia and suicide prevention.  As simulation lead for the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership I am interested in research in to using simulation based education as a teaching pedagogy in the domain of healthcare programmes;  I have recently been involved in a  €299,538.00 project named 'Optimizing patient safety through culturally competent simulation-based education with health professionals', where I represented the University of Bradford in relation to simulation educational practice.  I am co-author of a live web hub with diversity rich materials for use in simulation-based education, available from: Sim-Versity | Cultural competence in Healthcare - Sim-Versity 

I am also a first year PhD student working on a thesis entitled 'Evaluating simulation as an approach to delivering dementia education, supervised by Professor Gardner from Life Sciences and Dr Danielle Jones from the School of Applied Dementia Studies. I am a dementia champion and an Associate of the Centre of Applied Dementia Studies seeking to enable those with dementia to live well, facilitating this as part of my role as health professional educator.  

Sept 2015-Sept 2016 NHS Clinical Skills Educator Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

June 2014-Sept 2015 Senior Sister for Education and Training (Medical Division) Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

June 2008-June 2014 Nursing Sister-Emergency Department, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Nov 2003-June 2008 Staff Nurse-Emergency Nursing, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

March 2003-Nov 2003 Staff Nurse-Orthopaedic Nursing, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Previously worked in care as Health Care Assistant in various private residential and Nursing establishments


My clinical and teaching practice research activity has underpinned my nursing contribution to include diverse topics from first aid, health and social care provision to resuscitation and end of life care. In 2007 I undertook an audit to determine time to analgesia for those presenting to emergency departments having sustained a fractured neck of femur and was able to expedite treatment for future patients. In 2009 I wrote a synopsis of my experiences of pursuing promotion to emergency sister. In 2015 I was a key educator for Health Education England funded project on recognising and managing acute kidney injury. To conclude my MSc in 2016 I conducted primary research exploring nurse’s attitudes towards those presenting to emergency departments with suicidal thoughts. As a result I aim to devise a teaching package working collaboratively with mental health nursing clinicians to roll out to staff working in relevant areas. Clinical skills/workshop delivery. Devising and delivering simulation using both and low high fidelity methodologies. To promote cross disciplinary simulation based learning opportunities to increase the fidelity of simulated teachings and enhance collaborative working. Along with Jane Priestley recruiting and developing trained simulated patients from our service users to increase the fidelity of simulated scenario based teaching to enrich student education. In partnership with Dr McClelland to chair a research and education simulation collaborative.