Sue Baron

Dr Sue Baron

  • 01202 967271
  • sbaron at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Lecturer in Adult Nursing
  • Bournemouth House B243, 19 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LH
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Dr Sue Baron is an Academic and Lecturer in Nursing. She is based in the Department of Nursing and Clinical Sciences, part of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Bournemouth University. Her specialist interests include person-centred care, lived experience, service user involvement, quality and safety improvement, therapeutic communication and innovative approaches to nurse education. Sue currently teaches on the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing programme and delivers workshops for post-graduate research students on ‘Research Design: Action Research’.

Prior to her appointment with Bournemouth University, Sue gained knowledge and experience from varied roles in the NHS and the commercial sector where she worked for a global, customer focused communications company. Sue was also a voluntary self-management tutor before she changed career direction in 2002 and returned to study nursing as mature student. She graduated from Bournemouth University in 2005 as a registered nurse with a BSc Hons (1st class) in Clinical Nursing...



Research interest 3: End of life care Currently (March 2018) in discussion with Dr Janet Scammell and Prof. Dr. Sabine Hahn to explore potential of collaborative research project to investigate Nurse Retention and Quality of Care in Nursing Homes in Bern, Switzerland and England, UK.

Research interest 2: Simulation as an educational strategy to enhance the development of health professional students.

Developments to date: 1) Co-author of Snapshots of Simulation: Innovative Strategies Used by International Educators to Enhance Simulation Learning Experiences for Health Care Students published in Clinical Simulation in Nursing in March 2018. This paper profiles a diverse range of innovative, cost-effective, and tested simulation approaches that have been implemented in healthcare programs by nursing educators from a range of countries. 2) Currently involved (March 2018) in discussion and planning for BU involvement with University of Calgary in two international research projects. These are Phase 2 of a collaborative research study 'Preparing Undergraduate Nursing Students to Recognize the Deteriorating Patient: A Paediatric and Medical Surgical Perspective'. Phase 2 will be a multi-site (Canadian and international sites) study with planned implementation date in late 2018/early 2019 subject to approval and final planning. Sue hosted a visit from Dr Sandra Goldsworthy, Associate Dean Teaching Learning and Technology, and Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, and 3 members of her research team Dave Patterson, Shelley Samwell and Lisa Fasken, on Monday 12th February 2018 at BU, when this and a further study were discussed with colleagues from BU (Professor Peter Thomas, Dr Kathy Curtis, Dr Desi Tait; Ros Joy, Sarah Emberley, Karen Cooper, Nikki Glendening, Dr Jonny Branney)...


Research interest 1: Women's and staff experiences of abortion (termination of early pregnancy).

Grant application to Wellbeing of Women in 2017 for funding to support an action research study that would investigate women's and staff' experiences of early termination of pregnancy (abortion). The study aimed to discover how or if services and experiences could be improved by learning from those with first-hand experience. Research findings would be used to inform evidence-based learning, change and improvement to experiences, practice, services and education.

Principal Investigator: Visiting Professor Sam Rowlands, Centre of Postgraduate Medical Research and Education

Co-investigator: Dr Sue Baron, Department of Nursing Faculty of Health and Social Science

Co-applicant: Edwin van Teilingen, Professor of Reproductive Health.

Progress to date:

1. Research Grant Application submitted to Wellbeing of Women (WoW) in 2017. Although unsuccessful, feedback received from WoW in Spring 2017, acknowledged the importance of this topic and provided encouragement and recommendations to assist further research project research development.

2. Supported funded Student Research Assistant (final year nursing student) to carry out review of empirical literature in summer 2017. This was only partially completed, but the intention is to complete and submit this as co-authored publication in due course.

3. An application for funding as part of NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme has been considered...


Baron, S. E M, 2014. Exploring the patient journey: a collaborative approach to patient-centred improvement in healthcare. Doctorate Thesis (Doctorate). Bournemouth University


  • Baron, S., 2009. Evaluating the patient journey approach to ensure health care is centred on patients. Nursing Times, 105, 20-23.
  • Baron, S., 2014. Exploring the patient journey: a collaborative approach to patient-centred improvement in healthcare. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, School of Health and Social Care.

Journal Articles


  • Baron, S., 2017. The context of healthcare education in 2017: The future nursing professional. In: Mentorship Conference, Bournemouth 4 October 2017 Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University.
  • Baron, S., 2016. Digital Healthcare: Shaping the Future. 'The Patient Experience'. In: CoPMRE Annual Symposium 2016 12 October 2016 Bournemouth University.
  • Baron, S. and Warren, A., 2016. Using simulated practice to enhance pre-registration nursing students’ interpersonal, communication, assessment and handover skills. In: Wessex Quality and Improvement Conference 15 June 2016 Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton.
  • Baron, S., 2016. Patient Journey Action Research: A collaborative and evidence-based approach to quality improvement in healthcare. In: Wessex Quality and Improvement Conference 15 June 2016 Southampton.
  • Baron, S., 2016. Involving service users in education to enhance the communication, interpersonal, assessment and handover skills of nursing students in practice. In: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing: Leadership in nursing Scholarship, Practice and Education: how to impact nursing as a caring profession globally 6-8 June 2016 Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Baron, S., Warren, A. and Addis, A., 2015. Placing the person at the centre of care: learning from simulation. In: Humanising Care Conference 23 June 2015 Bournemouth University.
  • Baron, S., 2015. The Patient Journey: A collaborative, structured and people-centred approach to improving health services, experiences and care. In: Circle of Learning: Student Inspired Service Excellence event, Bournemouth University 20 April 2015 Bournemouth.
  • Baron, S., 2015. The Patient Journey: A collaborative, structured and people-centred approach to improving health services, experiences and care. In: Service Excellence Conference: Bournemouth University - Making a Difference together 22 April 2015 Bournemouth.
  • Baron, S., 2015. Learning the significance of patient-centred care through the active involvement of service users in nurse education. In: 2nd international conference organised by Interprofessional Continuing Education: Where’s the patient’s voice in health professional education 10 years on? 12-14 November 2015 Vancouver, Canada.


Profile of Teaching PG

  • BU Doctoral College Researcher Development Programme: Research Design: Action Research (A1)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Evaluating Knowledge for Practice
  • Service Improvement Projects
  • Reviewing Literature to Inform Practice
  • Preparation for Role of Registered Nurse
  • Therapeutic Communication in Adult Nursing
  • Developing Knowledge for Practice
  • Identifying Knowledge for Practice
  • Fundamental Communication in Nursing


  • CSUP project to enable the development of digital learning resources (UoA25 (Education), 01 May 2016). Completed
  • GPs, Patient Choice and Older People in Bournemouth: Best Practice Protocols (Royal College of General Practitioners)

External Responsibilities

  • Bournemouth and Poole College of Further Education, Educational Partnership - Nurse Apprenticeships (2017-)
  • Alzheimer's UK/Dementia Friends, Dementia Champion (2016-),
  • NHS National Institute for Health Research Dissemination Centre, Rater (2015-)
  • NHS Choices Research Panel, Member (2015-)
  • British Medical Association Patient Information Awards, Reviewer (2013-)
  • Nurse Education Today, Reviewer (2013-)
  • Hearts in Healthcare, Member

Internal Responsibilities

  • Co-creator/co-project-lead with final year student, BU CEL Co-creation project
  • Department Lead - Apprenticeships in Nursing, New Nursing Curriculum Steering Group - member
  • Member, BU Women's Academic Network
  • Member, HSC Practice Development Unit accreditation steering group
  • Academic Adviser/Personal tutor to student nurses, UG Student Nursing
  • Member, Centre for Excellence in Learning Employability Working Group
  • Member, Humanising Health and Social Care at BU Special Interest/Research Group
  • Member, Education and Professional Practice Community
  • Member, Faculty Academic Board
  • Member, Programme and Framework Team and Management Meetings
  • Member, HSS Nurse Academic Forum
  • Member, HSS/PDU steering group for nursing
  • Member, HSS Education and Student Experience Committee
  • Member, HSS Student Experience Forum
  • Member, BU Service User and Carer Involvement Steering Group
  • Member, Faculty Level 5/I Assessment/Resit Boards
  • Academic Lead, Student Nurse Council
  • Leader, Therapeutic Communication in Adult Nursing Unit


  • PGCE in Education Practice (Higher Education Academy, 2015)
  • PhD in Patient-centred improvement in healthcare (Bournemouth University, 2014)
  • BSc (Hons) in Clinical Nursing - Adult (Bournemouth University, 2005)


  • Fellow (High Education Academy, 2015)
  • Fellow of HEA (Higher Education Academy (HEA), 2015)
  • Nominee for Outstanding Contribution to Student Experience award (Student Nurse Council, 2015)


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