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Dr. Bibha Simkhada holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing and serves as the Deputy Director of Graduate Education within the Department of Nursing at the School of Human and Health Sciences. Prior to this role, she served as a Lecturer in Adult Nursing at Bournemouth University.
Her research interests include a variety of important areas, within the International Nurses workforce, health inequalities in the older age population with a focus on dementia care, homelessness, and ethnic diversity. She is deeply committed to strengthening the capabilities of nurses and midwives in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). She possesses methodological expertise in narrative reviews, systematic reviews, and qualitative research.
With a background in Adult Nursing and Public Health, she brings extensive experience from her work in the National Health Service (NHS) UK and various international contexts (Nepal, Ghana, India, Bangladesh...). She got her PhD in Public Health from the University of Aberdeen. She has contributed to user-centric innovation in health at the Centre for Collaborative Innovation in Dementia at Liverpool John Moores University. Her previous works include:

  • Health Innovation Exchange (HIE) project which is a collaborative support programme designed to support businesses with world-class health care, technology and resources to accelerate innovation within the health & social care sector.
  • Interreg Europe funded project "HELIUM" to share and use European good practices to inform local practice, and improve policy/strategies to increase the efficiency and use of innovation.
  • Continuing professional development (CPD) training for Nurses working in Nepal.
  • Women's health in developing countries.
  • Health and wellbeing of South Asian community living in the UK.
  • Involved in mental health training for maternity care providers in Nepal

Recently completed projects and research projects
1. Improving health and wellbeing of homeless people through improved access to health and social care services in West Yorkshire (PI), funded from NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board.
2. International nurses and their integration into the United Kingdom health and social care workforce (Co-I), funded from NHS England.
3. Review of nursing practice regulation in Ghana (Co-I), funded from the Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET) commissioned by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM).
4. Developing nurses/midwives’ leadership through quality improvement project (PI), funded from Burdett Trust and THET partnerships for Global Health, UK. 
5. The key issues in dementia care in South Asia and prevalence of dementia risk in Nepal (PI), funded from Bournemouth University/University of Huddersfield
6. Prevalence, predictors and experiences of people living with dementia in Ghana (Co-I), funded from University of Huddersfield.
7. Promoting Technology for Self-Care (ProTechS) for people who are sleeping rough (Co-I), funded from Burdett Trust.
8. Exploring Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training needs of nurses and midwives in Nepal (PI), funded from LJMU/BU.
9. Factors affecting access to mental health services in the Nepali and Iranian communities living in UK (PI), funded from Bournemouth University.
Ongoing research projects
1. Strengthen the ability of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (N&MC) of Ghana to oversee and regulate the professional register of nurses and midwives and monitor the quality of education providers, to ensure high quality nursing and midwifery care (PI), funded from the UK Department of Health and Social Care, via the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET).
2. Nursing Fellowship in partnership with the Nursing Now Challenge (NNCF) Programme Phase 2 in Bangladesh (PI), funded from THET Partnership for Global Health and Burdett Trust for Nursing. 
3. Mental health experiences and coping strategies of Asian or Asian British children and young people in West Yorkshire (Co-I), funded from NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board.
4. A multi-country longitudinal cohort study on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Global South: A programme to generate income, outputs, and impact in Ghana, India and Nepal (Co-I), funded from URF, University of Huddersfield.

PhD Project Supervision Titles: 
International Nurses/Nurses wellbeing 
*Cross-country comparison of international nurses? experiences of career progression and retention in the UK (Ransford Akrong)

*Factors affecting the recruitment of Nepalese nurses in the UK: A mixed-method study (Sabina Shrestha)

*Boosting resilience through intervention, which promotes change in coping behaviour to support well-being and retention of early career nurses in coping behaviours to support the well-being of student nurses (Elizabeth Hather)

Dementia care in LMICs
*Exploring frontline health professionals’ knowledge and practice on differential diagnosis and referral of dementia patients in Nepal (Bishal Gole)

Maternal health and Maternity care
*Investigating mediating effect of birth experience on the association between antenatal social support and postnatal depression among primiparous women visiting maternity hospitals in Nepal (Basanti Aryal)

*Inequity in Utilization of Maternal Healthcare Services and their Contributing Factors for Women with Disabilities in Nepal: Mixed Method Study (Prakash Shahi)

*Co-design in health services: an initiative to improve the uptake and delivery of the free maternal and newborn health services in Nepal (Devendra Raj Singh)

*A mixed method study exploring challenges and barriers in the utilization of maternal healthcare services among women with disability in India (Divya Vinnakota)

*Health actors' perception and impact of federalisation on the quality of maternal and neonatal health services in Nepal (Pasang Tamang) (completed)



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Qualitative Research
  • BAME
  • Systematic Review
  • Narrative Review
  • Nepal
  • Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs)
  • Dementia
  • Mental Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Technology in Healthcare


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