Current role: Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing and Professional Lead.

PhD student, MSc, Health Care Education; Nurse Teacher (NMC recorded), Advanced Diploma Nursing Studies (Mental Health), (RMN); (Level 6), modules in Education, Administration, Planning and Policy Studies, Diploma in Education (Schools).

I am a Registered Mental Health nurse (RMN) with extensive experience in dealing with individuals with mental health problems; my area of speciality is in acute inpatient care.  Working with service users in inpatient settings highlighted the need to reduce restrictive practices in mental health, hence a supporter and advocate of the Safewards model.

My teaching journey started in (1993) when I trained as a primary school teacher then as a registered nurse teacher (NMC) in 2010. I teach both in pre and post registration nursing programs.

I am currently undertaking PhD studies at Keele University sponsored by the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Keele University. The focus of my thesis is on group clinical supervision in acute inpatient mental health environments using a Participatory Action Research approach.

Research and scholarship

Research Interest

  • Qualitative Research
  • Action Research
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Clinical supervision
  • Computerized data analysis system (NVIVO)



  • Pre-registration nursing
  • Post registration nursing
  • Mental Health nursing
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Child & Adolescent mental health
  • Dissertation Supervision
  • Care planning
  • Inter-professional Education (IPE)
  • Delivering mental health training
  • Interested in new teaching methods


Further information

  • Link lecturer for clinical placements
  • Project management
  • I have an honorary contract with Derbyshire Mental Health Foundation Trust
  • Member of Action Research group, NHS BME group
  • Member of Safewards International Leadership and Management group
  • Ethics committee member in the school of Nursing & Midwifery
  • Member of the Mental Health Academics group
  • Co-ordinator for Advanced Inter-professional Education (IPE)
  • Co-ordinator for Nursing & Midwifery careers convention for final year students


Poster presentation:  Simbani, S. and Wardle, P .Taking Google to the classroom: Teaching the Mental Health Act to nursing students in a UK university: Innovation Nation event, North Staffordshire Conference Centre (2018).

Workshop presentation:  Simbani, S. and Wardle, P. Taking Google to the classroom: Teaching the Mental Health Act to nursing students in a UK university.  24th International Mental Health Nursing Research conference (MHNR), Manchester, UK (2018).

Guest speaker: Safewards Inspirational Conference.  Aarhus, Denmark (March, 2016).

Journal article: Brewer, A. Beech, R. Simbani, S. (2017) Using de- escalation strategies to prevent aggressive behaviour.  Mental Health Practice 21, 2, 22-28.

Guest speaker: Safewards Inspirational Conference.  Aarhus, Denmark (Sept 2016).

Guest speaker: Safewards Inspirational Conference.   Mental Health Services in the Region of Southern, Middelfart Denmark, (2016).

Poster presentation: A collaborative approach to discharge planning: An Educational perspective. 22nd International Network for psychiatric Nursing (NPNR) conference, Nottingham, UK. (2016).

Top 10 in Nursing for The Complete University Guide 2020 Student Nursing Times Awards 2019 finalist Bronze Athena Swan Award