Sharon has worked extensively to develop Interprofessional Education (IPE) at the University of Birmingham, in the West Midlands region and nationally and internationally. As the Birmingham lead for IPE (2012-2021), she established the Birmingham IPE steering group and led the development of the Birmingham IPE Educational Framework. In 2018, she founded the Universitas 21 Health Sciences IPE Special Interest Group, which holds an annual international student team challenge. Her latest project is to develop CAIPE standards for IPE design, development and delivery.
Sharon has published aspects of her work, including two Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) systematic reviews (2016 and 2009). She was founding member of the CUBE2 BEME International Collaborating Centre and has served as Member of the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) collaboration review editorial committee. In 2016, she established the Healthcare Scientist Training Research and Evaluation Group, which published the first evaluations of teaching and learning on the UK Scientist Training Programme.
Sharon has led faculty development for health professionals and academic staff and mentored colleagues working to develop and obtain recognition for their research and teaching excellence, more recently participants in the ‘The Clinical Teacher New Voices’ programme for aspiring peer reviewers.
Trained as a microbiologist, Sharon taught science in both secondary and post-16 education, holding posts as Head of Science and Head of Sixth Form before joining the University in 2003
In July 2021. Sharon became Honorary Associate Professor of Medical Education, in which role she continues to mentor students and staff and to undertake educational writing and research.