Cilla Sanders

Cilla Sanders


I have been a lecturer in Children’s Nursing at the University of Leeds since 2005 following 12 years in paediatrics, including experience in general medicine, general gastro' and neurological surgery, cardiology, oncology and paediatric intensive care. This is where I developed my love of caring one to one for children, young people and their families. Rather strangely (some might think), I moved from PICU to the community setting and completed a 2nd degree in Specialist Community Nursing Practice. I have managed caseloads of children with acute, long-term and complex needs in Leeds, Huddersfield and Rotherham. I was also a Nurse Practitioner; involved in a Health Action Zone funded Clinic targeted at reducing inequalities in health for children and their families living in the most deprived areas of Leeds. My input into the current BSc (Hons) Nursing Programme has focused on health promotion, public health, reducing Inequalities, promoting ‘better conversations’ and also the service user carer experience. I am committed to nurse education, having completed a Masters in Clinical Education in 2014. As the current Programme Lead for Children’s Nursing in Leeds I am passionate in developing caring and compassionate nurses who are critical thinkers that can deliver evidence-based care.


  • Programme Lead for BSc (Hons) Nursing- Child

Research interests

The role of the dissertation supervisor for BSc (Hons) undergraduate Nursing students

Child development and the impact of inequalities in health

Child Health- Promoting children and young people to self- manage their health needs


  • Masters in Clinical Education
  • PG Cert Clinical Education
  • BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Healthcare Practitioner (CCN) (1st Class)
  • PG Diploma Child Health Nursing
  • Bsc (Hons) Nursing Adult

Professional memberships

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Children and Young People's Nurse Academics UK