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Sara Davis

Senior Lecturer Practitioner
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Sara is a Senior Lecturer Practitioner for Child Nursing, with a clinical background in neonatal critical care and practice development. 

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Sara qualified as a children’s nurse in 2001 from the University of Hertfordshire. Sara has spent her career in neonatal critical care and undertaken a variety of roles including clinical ward sister, research nurse and clinical educator within this speciality. From 2020-2023 she worked as a regional Practice Development Lead for the East of England Neonatal Operation Delivery Network. This role involved development and provision of post registration education for neonatal health care professionals across all 17 neonatal units in the East of England.

Throughout her career Sara has had a strong focus on supporting others to develop and deliver best practice to improve outcomes for the families receiving care. Alongside quality improvement projects, guideline development and benchmarking Sara has developed and facilitated a healthy leadership course to ensure our workforce are equipped to deliver. Sara has a Masters degree in Health Research from the University of Stirling and a PGCert in Education for Health Professionals at the Hull York Medical School. 

Research interests
Sarah has an interest in parental consent and novel technologies in neonatal care. 
  • PGCert Health Professions Education: The Hull York Medical School
  • MRes in Health Research: University of Stirling
  • BA(hons) in Professional Practice (Acute and Critical Care)
  • DipHE Nursing: University of Hertfordshire
Selected recent publications

Davis, S. and Afonso, E. 2020 Letter to the Editor Intensive & Critical Care Nursing Peripherally inserted central catheters: more than location, location, location? Journal of Intensive and Critical care Nursing, [e-journal] 6(2), pp.1028870. DOI:10.1016/j.iccn.2020.102887

Villarroel, M., Chaichulee, S., Jorge, J. et al., 2019. Non-contact physiological monitoring of preterm infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. npj Digit. Med, [e-journal] 2(128), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41746-019-0199-5

Villarroel, M., Guazzi, A., Jorge, J. et al., 2014 Continuous non-contact vital sign monitoring in neonatal intensive care. Health Technology Letters, [e-journal]1(3), pp.87-9. DOI:  10.1049/htl.2014.007

Recent presentations and conferences

Davis, S., Francesca, F., Andrews, S.  2023. Cross organisation collaboration to develop a virtual healthy leadership course for the clinical setting: a regional approach. RCN Education Forum National Conference & Exhibition 2023

Francesca, F., and Davis, S. 2021. Collaborative working towards online education. Neonatal Nurse Association Conference.