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Dr Bibha Simkhada is a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the Department of Nursing and Midwifery in the School of Human and Health Sciences.  She previously worked as Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the Bournemouth University. Her research interest includes Technology in Healthcare, Ageing research mainly in Dementia, Health and Wellbeing of BAME population and women’s health. She is also interested in capacity building for health workers particularly for Nurses in low and middle income countries (LMICs). She has methodological expertise on narrative review, systematic review and qualitative research.

She has background in Adult Nursing and Public Health with extensive experiences of working in NHS and international context. She has completed PhD in Public Health from the University of Aberdeen. She previously worked in user-centric innovation (health) in the Centre for Collaborative Innovation in Dementia in Liverpool John Moores University. Her previous works includes:

  • 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 BAME community living in the UK.
  • Involved in mental health training for maternity care providers in Nepal

Recently completed research projects

1. Factors affecting access to mental health services in the Nepali and Iranian communities living in UK (PI), ACORN funding, Bournemouth University.

2. Exploring Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training programmes in Nepal. Pump Priming funding, Bournemouth University.

3. Assessing the Need for and Type of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Nurses Trained and Working in Nepal (PI), funded from Research Capacity Building Fund LJMU/BU.

4. UK-Nepali Community Equality in Health and Social Care Project (PI), funded from Big Lottery fund.

5. Promoting Technology for Self-Care (ProTechS) for people who are sleeping rough (Co-I), funded from Burdett Trust.

6. The key issues in Dementia in South Asia (PI), funded from Bournemouth University.

7. Review of nursing practice regulation in Ghana (Co-I), funded by the Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET) in  collaboration between the University of Huddersfield and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM).

Ongoing 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 NIHR, Bradford  District and Craven Clinical commissioning Group.

2. Prevalence study of dementia in Nepal: A cross sectional survey (PI), funded from University of Huddersfield.

3. International nurses and their integration into the United Kingdom health and social care workforce (Co-I), funded from NHS England.

4. Developing nurses/midwives leadership through quality improvement project (PI), funded from Burdett Trust and THET partnerships for Global Health, UK. 


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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