Dr Sally Pezaro is an academic midwife with clinical as well as learning and teaching experience. She uses this blog to share her professional journey.
Dr Sally Pezaro is an academic midwife with clinical as well as research and teaching experience. The ‘Golden Thread’ through Dr Pezaro’s work is the application of workforce perspectives and co-creation.
Dr Pezaro’s current research focuses on workplace wellbeing and ‘Research Inspired Teaching’. Additionally, Dr Pezaro’s collaborative work looks toward improving maternity care for childbearing women with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) and the related Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD). This work in particular has resulted in the co-creation of a number of impactful resources shared via www.hEDSTogether.com. Furthermore, Dr Pezaro’s work looks towards improving the delivery of care for other groups such as those birthing within the transgender community and victims of domestic violence and abuse.
One of Dr Pezaro’s more recent publications include the Royal College of Midwives report and recommendations on workplace support for midwives experiencing domestic abuse. Some of her research work has also contributed to the development of NHS England’s and NHS Improvement’s Resource pack to support workplace compassion and support guide towards commissioning for workplace compassion along with the Royal College of Midwives equality and diversity report on work-related stress.
As well as teaching, mentoring and supervising students in evidence-based practice and research methodologies, Dr Pezaro is also associate editor for the British Journal of Midwifery, both MIDIRS Midwifery Digest and Evidence Based Midwifery, the International Journal of Childbirth and the CPQ Women and Child Health journal. She sources talent at every level to ensure that all projects are delivered with impact. Dr Pezaro is also proud to stand as a committee member of the Mary Seacole Awards programme. This programme is funded by Health Education England and delivered in association with the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing, Unison and Unite with support from NHS Employers.
In 2019, Dr Pezaro was honoured with a first prize award from the Royal Society of Medicine in ‘Leading and inspiring excellence in maternity care’ and was also runner-up for the British Journal of Midwifery’s ‘Midwife of the Year’ 2019.
- Development and evaluation of ‘Research Inspired Teaching’
- Development of workplace compassion and wellbeing
- Development and evaluation of online and app-based health interventions
- Reducing inequalities in healthcare
- Achieving excellence in healthcare services
Both research, and research inspired teaching have huge potential in instigating positive and evidence-based ‘real world’ change on an international scale. As such, my objective as an academic will always be to co-create pathways to impact, and ensure that everything I do makes a real difference in the real world.