Bassey earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Calabar, Nigeria in 1991. Thereafter, in 1993, he became a Disease Control Officer for the states of Akwa Ibom and Zamfara, Nigeria with The Leprosy Mission International. Six years later, Bassey became the Country Director for Nigeria with The Leprosy Mission International, during which time he also earned his Masters of Public Health International with the University of Leeds. Bassey served as Country Director in Nigeria until 2008, when he returned to the University of Leeds to begin his Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology. He obtained his PhD on the life course perspectives on experiences of and responses to leprosy-related stigma in Western Nigeria in 2012. Bassey is currently a research fellow at the University of Leeds, where is he is studying the effectiveness of a community health workers programme in improving Mother and Child Health in Nigeria.