Dr Amelia Swift RGN, MSc, PhD, PGCHE, SFHEA

Dr Amelia Swift

School of Nursing and Midwifery
Reader in Health Professional Education
Head of Education (Nursing)

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Amelia is a Reader in Health Professional Education and the Head of Education for the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She teaches widely across the pre-registration programmes and also contributes to post-graduate teaching in her specialist area of pain. Amelia is a champion of technology enhancement and works at Institute level to guide and promote educational enhancement and research.


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2017
  • PhD in Nursing (Osteoarthritis pain transmission), University of Birmingham 2012
  • PGCHE Coventry University 2001
  • MSc in Health Sciences (Management and Education), University of Birmingham 1999
  • ENB 100 (Intensive Care Nursing), Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing, Birmingham 1995
  • ENB 998 (Teaching and assessing) Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing, Birmingham 1995
  • RCN Higher Award Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing, Birmingham 1995
  • RGN Charles Frear School of Nursing, 1989


Postgraduate supervision

Amelia is interested in supervising projects with a focus on health professional education, clinical pain management, and practice-based pain education. Approaches used are quantitative or mixed methods.

Amelia is also keen to support the nursing, midwifery and allied health research pipeline and is supporting health professionals from a variety of backgrounds to undertake MRES and PhD studies as clinical academics.


Current research:

Adventures in Research - The Nursing Research Podcast 

Adventures in Research, a nursing research podcast led by Dr Amelia Swift and Bronwyn Tarrant, is a collaboration supported by Universitas 21 Health Sciences group to provide innovation in education of health care professionals about the research process and its application. 

Find out more about Adventures in Research.

Other activities

  • British Pain Society Council Member
  • British Pain Society Chair of the Education Committee


Recent publications


Fletcher, J, Brown, M, Hewison, M, Swift, A & Cooper, SC 2023, 'Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and modifiable risk factors in patients with Crohn's disease: A prospective observational study', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. 79, no. 1, pp. 205-214. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.15476

Donagh, B, Bradbury-Jones, C, Swift, A & Taylor, J 2022, 'Domestic abuse sibling study (DASY): a multi-method study protocol', BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 10, e065022. https://doi.org/10.1136/ bmjopen-2022-065022

Kerr, A, Lugg, ST, Kadiri, S, Swift, A, Efstathiou, N, Kholia, K, Rogers, V, Fallouh, H, Steyn, R, Bishay, E, Kalkat, M & Naidu, B 2022, 'Feasibility study of a randomised controlled trial of preoperative and postoperative nutritional supplementation in major lung surgery', BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 6, e057498. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-057498

Al mushaikhi, M, Taylor, J, Donagh, B & Swift, A 2022, 'Health Education, its Methods and Effects on Parents’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviours to Prevent Unintentional Child Injuries at Home: A Systematic Review', Child Care in Practice, pp. 1-26. https://doi.org/10.1080/13575279.2022.2121682

Shepherd, LM, Schmidtke, KA, Hazlehurst, JM, Melson, E, Dretzke, J, Hawks, N, Arlt, W, Tahrani, AA, Swift, A & Carrick-Sen, DM 2022, 'Interventions for the prevention of adrenal crisis in adults with primary adrenal insufficiency: a systematic review', European Journal of Endocrinology , vol. 187, no. 1, pp. S1-S20. https://doi.org/10.1530/EJE-21-1248

Fletcher, J, Bedson, E, Brown, M, Hewison, M, Swift, A & Cooper, SC 2021, 'Protocol for an open-label feasibility study for a randomised controlled trial of vitamin D supplementation in Crohn’s Disease patients with vitamin D deficiency: D-CODE Feasiblity study', Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 7, no. 1, 79. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-021-00813-3

Fletcher, J, Swift, A, Hewison, M & Cooper, SC 2020, 'Screening and treatment of vitamin D deficiency in UK patients with crohn’s disease: Self-reported practice among gastroenterologists', Nutrients, vol. 12, no. 4, 1064. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12041064


McGrath, L & Swift, A 2020, 'Telehealth assessment by nurses is a high-level skill where interpretation involves the use of paralanguage as well as objective information', Evidence Based Nursing, vol. 24, no. 4. https://doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2020-103269


Swift, A, Banks, L, Baleswaran, A, Cooke, N, Little, C, McGrath, L, Meechan-Rogers, R, Neve, A, Rees, H, Tomlinson, A & Williams, G 2020, 'COVID-19 and student nurses: A view from England', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 29, no. 17-18, pp. 3111-3114. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.15298

Swift, A 2020, 'Easing lockdown for school children: why so contentious?', Evidence Based Nursing, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 65-67. https://doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2020-103320

Other contribution

Fletcher, J, Cooper, SC, Cooney, R, Hewison, M, Iqbal, T & Swift, A 2021, Effect of vitamin D supplementation on patient reported outcomes in patients with inflammatory bowel disease: a systematic review. Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York. <https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/display_record.php?RecordID=245342>

Review article

Fletcher, J, Bishop, E, Harrison, S, Williamson-Swift, A, Cooper, SC, Dimeloe, S, Raza, K & Hewison, M 2022, 'Autoimmune disease and interconnections with vitamin D', Endocrine Connections, vol. 11, no. 3, e210554. https://doi.org/10.1530/EC-21-0554

Milne, J, Swift, A, Smith, J & Martin, R 2021, 'Electrical stimulation for pain reduction in hard-to-heal wound healing', Journal of Wound Care, vol. 30, no. 7, pp. 568-580. https://doi.org/10.12968/jowc.2021.30.7.568

Fletcher, J, Swift, A, Hewison, M & Cooper, S 2021, 'Patient and public involvement in research design and oversight', Nurse Researcher. https://doi.org/10.7748/nr.2021.e1786

Fletcher, J, Cooper, SC & Swift, A 2021, 'Patient-reported outcomes in inflammatory bowel disease: a measurement of effect in research and clinical care', Gastroenterology Insights, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 225-237. https://doi.org/10.3390/gastroent12020020

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