Dr Francesca Rosa

Research Fellow
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Midwifery and Community Health

Dr Francesca Rosa is a Research Fellow with extensive clinical experience within the NHS. Her research focuses on enhancing patient safety and the overall quality of care through clinical simulation and innovative care models informed by the experiences of patients, caregivers, and healthcare staff.

Email: [email protected]


After receiving her BSc Nursing, Francesca started working first as Research Assistant and then as PhD student with Scholarship at the University of Genoa, Italy.

Francesca has worked in various clinical settings since 2014 at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Her current role in the NHS is as Clinical Research Nurse.

Her research focuses on patient, caregiver and staff experience, patient safety and clinical simulation, qualitative research and mixed methods research.

Francesca's work extends to the development and implementation of educational strategies that enhance the skill set of healthcare professionals. She is a Research Nurse Member in a Multi-Disciplinary Team and has extensive experience supervising junior nursing staff and students. She has played a pivotal role in establishing clinical skills laboratories and workshops aimed at improving drug-dosage calculation skills among undergraduate nursing students.

Spoken Languages
  • Italian
  • English
Research interests
  • Clinical simulation
  • Patient, caregiver and staff experience
  • Patient safety
  • PhD - University of Genoa
  • MSc Nursing - Catholic University of the Holy Heart, Rome
  • BSc Nursing - University of Genoa
Selected recent publications
  • Török ME, Underwood BR, Toshner M, Waddington C, Sidhom E, Sharrocks K, Bousfield R, Summers C, Saunders C, McIntyre Z, Morris H, Piper J, Calderon G, Dennis S, Assari T, de Rotrou AM, Shaw A, Bradley J, O'Brien J, Rintoul RC, Smith I, Bullmore E, Chatterjee K; Cambridge COVID Vaccine Trial Team (2021). Challenges and opportunities for conducting a vaccine trial during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Clin Trials. Oct;18(5):615-621. Epub 2021 Jun 22. PMID: 34154428; PMCID: PMC8479147
  • Bagnasco, A, Rosa, F, Dasso, N, Aleo, G, Catania, G, Zanini, M, Rocco, G, Turci, C, Ghirotto, L, Hayter, M & Sasso, L (2021) ‘Caring for patients at home after acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A phenomenological study of family caregivers’ experiences’, Journal of Clinical Nursing (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), vol. 30, no. 15/16, pp. 2246–2257.
  • Sowden, E, Hossain, M, Chew-Graham, C, Blakeman, T, Tierney, S, Wellwood, I, Rosa, F & Deaton, C (2020) ‘Understanding the management of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction: a qualitative multiperspective study’, British Journal of General Practice, vol. 70, no. 701, pp. e880–e889.
  • Rosa, F, Bagnasco, A, Ghirotto, L, Rocco, G, Catania, G, Aleo, G, Zanini, M, Dasso, N, Hayter, M & Sasso, L (2018) ‘Experiences of older people following an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A phenomenological study’, Journal of Clinical Nursing (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), vol. 27, no. 5–6, pp. e1110–e1119.
  • Bagnasco, A, Galaverna, L, Aleo, G, Grugnetti, AM, Rosa, F & Sasso, L (2016) ‘Mathematical calculation skills required for drug administration in undergraduate nursing students to ensure patient safety: A descriptive study Drug calculation skills in nursing students’, Nurse Education in Practice, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 33–39.
  • Grugnetti, AM, Bagnasco, A, Rosa, F & Sasso, L (2014) ‘Effectiveness of a Clinical Skills Workshop for drug-dosage calculation in a nursing program’, Nurse Education Today, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 619–624.
  • Bagnasco A, Pagnucci N, Tolotti A, Rosa F, Torre G, Sasso L. (2014) ‘The role of simulation in developing communication and gestural skills in medical students’, BMC Medical Education, May 23;14:106.
  • Bagnasco, A, Tubino, B, Piccotti, E, Rosa, F, Aleo, G, Di Pietro, P & Sasso, L (2013) ‘Identifying and correcting communication failures among health professionals working in the Emergency Department’, International Emergency Nursing, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 168–172.