Staff Profiles

Mrs Barry Ricketts

Academic Lead/Senior Lecturer

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Barry Ricketts

Phone number: +44 (0)1865 482622


Location: NMC Competence Test Centre

I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1987 specialising in Cardiothoracic nursing whilst working in Southampton and Oxford.  As a Ward Sister I completed a BSc (Hons) in Critical Care Nursing and took up Lecturer post in Cardiothoracic and Adult Nursing at Oxford Brookes University in 2000. Following completion of an MSc in Higher Professional Education I commenced a full time position within the Adult Nursing programme in 2004.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Nursing and Midwifery Council - NMC

Royal College of Nursing - RCN

Association for Simulation Practice in Health Care - ASPiH


  • Academic Lead - NMC Competence Test  Centre
  • Module leader  - Medicine Management for Adult Nursing
  • Link Lecturer
  • Skills facilitator 
  • Dissertation supervisor
  • Risk assessment - Care of the Critically ill patient
  • Hospital Life Support Trainer
  • Academic Adviser
  • Clinical skills role - implementation of the NMC simulation of skills project

Teaching/Research interests:

I am involved in the delivery of the pre-qualifying Adult Nursing MSc, BSc (Hons) and DipHE programmes. I have a particular interest in clinical skills teaching and the use of simulation to enhance student’s experience of learning in the clinical skills laboratory.

More recent interests include skill acquisition in relation to medication safety, critical care assessment and the use of OSCE assessment strategies within the simulated learning environment so support direct clinical care and competency assessment.

I currently work within the NMC Competence Test Centre as Academic Lead, supporting the OSCE assessment of the International Nurse

Selected Publications


Stayt LC, Merriman C, Ricketts B, Morton S, Simpson T.J ( 2015) Recognizing and managing a deteriorating patient: a randomized controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of clinical simulation in improving clinical performance in undergraduate nursing students. Journal of Advanced Nursing Nov;71(11):563-74.

Merriman, C, Stayt, L and Ricketts, B ( 2014) Comparing the Effectiveness of Clinical Simulation versus Didactic Methods to Teach Undergraduate Adult Nursing Students to Recognize and Assess the Deteriorating Patient. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 10 119 -127

Ricketts B (2012) : Chapter 7; Personal Hygiene, Bed Bath, Oral Care, In: Developing Healthcare Skills through simulation. London Sage Publications

Ricketts B, Merriman, C and Stayt L (2012) Simulated practice learning in a pre-registration nursing programme 21 (7) British Journal of Nursing

Ricketts B (2011) The role of simulation for learning within Pre- Registration Nursing Education – A Literature review. Nurse Education Today 31 650-654

Massey, D and Ricketts, B. (2002) Developing Ward Nurses' Critical Care skills. Nursing in Critical Care. 7 (6) 290-295

Conference presentations

1) International

2011 - Granada, Spain - SESAM - 17th Annual meeting society in Europe for simulation applied to medicine.

2011 - Rome, Italy Laerdal European Sales Meeting - Use of Pre-programmed scenarios within nursing simulation - presentation and open forum

2010 - Monash University, Prato, Italy - Clinical Skills investigation - Practice to Reality - International Clinical Skills Conference Monash University, Italy - workshop

2008 - Monash University, Prato, Italy - Clinical simulation within pre-registration Nursing. Plenary session

2) National

2013- AspiH Annual Conference Harrogate valuing Safe Professional Practice

2012 - ASPiH, Annual Conference, Oxford Kassam,Oxford. Assessing the effectiveness of clinical simulation to teach pre-registration Adult Nursing students to recognise and manage the deteriorating patient: A randomised Controlled Trial

2009 - Coventry University - National OSCE Interest Group - presentation: Use of OSCE to support student assessment

2009 - Birmingham City University - Clinical Simulation Investigation - keynote address

2009 - Oxford Brookes University - School Research Conference. Presentation of MSc dissertation.

2008 - Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London - Merging Simulation into Practice (NAMS) - plenary presentation

Conferences organised

Simulation Evaluation Event, Oxford Brookes University - June 2008

Aim Higher Schools Taster Day, Oxford Brookes University - July 2010