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Joseph Manning MBE

Associate Professor (Research) | HEE NIHR ICA Clinical Lecturer | Co-Lead for CYPHR | Clinical Associate Professor in CYP and Families Nursing | Charge Nurse, Paediatric Critical Care Outreach, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Dr Joseph C Manning MBE is a Clinical-Academic Nurse and a current National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Health Education England (HEE) Integrated Clinical-Academic (ICA) Clinical Lecturer.

He has a joint appointment at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) and The University of Nottingham (UoN) allowing for meaningful concurrent engagement in clinical practice and research. In his clinical-academic role, Joseph works as a Clinical Associate Professor in Children, Young People and Families Nursing, Charge Nurse for Paediatric Critical Care Outreach Team (Nottingham Children's Hospital), and as the lead for NMAHP research theme for Children and Families at NUH.

In June 2021, Joseph was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal, for services to Nursing, by Her Majesty the Queen Birthday Honours.

Joseph has regional, national and international roles as:

  • Co-lead for the East Midlands HEE Clinical-Academic Post-doctoral Bridging Programme (HEE funded)
  • Member of the Management Group for the East Midlands Clinical-Academic Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Bridging Awards (HEE funded)
  • Invited member of the Nottingham Hospitals Charity Research Funding Panel
  • Invited Member of the East Midlands NMAHP Clinical-Academic Steering Group
  • Member of the Paediatric Intensive Care Society Study Group (UK)
  • Member of the East Midlands NIHR Research for Patient Benefit funding panel
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Child Health Care
  • Editorial Board Member of Nursing in Critical Care Journal
  • Elected Chair of the Nursing Science Section for the European Society for Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC)
  • Steering Committee Member (Europe Lead) - PICU Core Outcome Set - NICHD Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network (US).


2005: Masters in Nursing Science (1st Class Hons), The University of Nottingham

2009: Post Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing, The University of Nottingham

2015: PhD in Nursing Studies, The University of Nottingham.


Joseph is committed to generating and advancing nursing science to achieve excellence in the care, experience and outcomes of children, young people and their families. Joseph's programme of research relates to understanding and supporting: (1) The needs of children and families following critical illness; (2) emotional health and well-being of children and young people admitted to acute care; (3) safe and effective health transitions of children and young people.

Since 2011, Joseph has received over £3.51 million in competitive funding, of which £577,785 has been as Chief Investigator.

Current research studies:

  • Co-Investigator (2020-205) - The PRESSURE study. Evaluation of the clinical and cost effectiveness of using a more permissive blood pressure target to guide careful titration of vasoactive agents in critically ill children with hypotension. Funded by: NIHR HTA [Chief Investigator: Dr David Inwald].
  • Co-Investigator (2020-2022) - The ANCHOR Study. Management of ANkle fractures in CHildren: development of a core Outcome set and the feasibility of a Randomised controlled trial. Funded by NIHR RfPB [Chief Investigator: Mr Ben Olliviere].
  • Co-Investigator (2019-2022) - The CORE-Kids Study: What are the most important outcomes to measure following childhood fractures? Funded by NIHR DRF [Lead applicant: Mr Ben Marson; First Supervisor: Mr Olliviere; Second supervisor: Dr Manning].
  • Chief Investigator (2019-2022) - The OCEANIC Study. A multi-centre longitudinal mixed methods study to explore the Outcomes of ChildrEn and fAmilies iN the first year after paediatric Intensive Care discharge. Funded by NIHR/HEE.
  • Co-Investigator (2018-2020) - The PERMIT Study. Paediatric Early Rehabilitation/Mobilisation during InTensive care feasibility study. Funded by NIHR HTA [Chief Investigator: Dr Barney Scholefield]
  • Co-Investigator (2019-2020) - IMPAACT Programme© : In-reach for Multi-Professional Awareness and Advocacy of Clinical academic Training Programme. Funded Health Education England - East Midlands [Chief Investigator: Professor Joanne Cooper]
  • Chief Investigator (2018-2019) - Exploring and supporting General Practitioners in managing children and young people who present with mental health problems. Funded by Coventry and Rugby CCG.

Completed research studies:

  • Co-Investigator (2017-2018) - Brain Injury: Living Life (BRILL): An evaluation of the impact and outcomes of children and families that participated in an innovative neuro-rehabilitation service. Funded by CLAHRC East Midlands [Chief Investigator: Rachel Keetley].
  • Chief Investigator (2016-2018) - Developing a safety tool for children and young people admitted to inpatient care with mental health conditions. Funded by Notts Clinical Commissioning Group.
  • Co-Investigator (2016-2017) - Fundamentals of Research for Children: Developmnet of a co-produced, inter-professional, evidence appraisal skills course. Funded by Health Education England - East Midlands [Chief Investigator: Dr Andy Lunn].
  • Chief Investigator (2015-2018) - Development and evaluation of re-usable learning objects (RLOs) to support the psychosocial well-being of carers of children diagnosed with cancer. Funded by Nottingham Hospitals Charity.
  • Chief Investigator (2015-2016) - Evaluating quality and impact of acute paediatric inpatient care: defining the domains for a Patient Centred Outcome Measure (PCOM) in children and young people admitted for self-harm injuries/Eating Disorders. Funded by NHS England.
  • Chief Investigator (2015-2017) - 'Our care through our eyes': A service-user co-produced education programme for acute hospital nurses to improve the care of children and young people that self-harm. Funded by Young Minds Empowerment Programme, The Burdett Trust for Nursing.
  • Co-Investigator (2014-2015) - Skills-based intervention to support parents of adolescents with depression and anxiety disorders: A scoping review. Funded by University of Nottingham [Chief Investigator: Dr Oonagh Meade]
  • Chief Investigator (2011-2014) - The SCETCH Project. Survivors of Childhood Critical Illness: Exploring long-term psychosocial wellbeing and needs. Funded by NIHR/Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Fellowships/travel awards:

Joseph has been the recipient of a number of prestigious and internationally competitive fellowships and travel grants that have allowed him to build his networks and maximise the reach of his research. Awards include:

  • 2017 & 2018: Health Education England-East Midlands, Post-doctoral ICA Fellowship (Gold)
  • 2015: The Bloomberg Emerging Nurse Scholar, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2014: The European Society for Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC) Nursing Fellowship, Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam
  • 2014: The British Council Researcher Links, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 2011: National Institute for Health Research/ NUH NHS Trust Translational Research Fellowship, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham

Awards and Prizes:

  • 2020: Chief Nursing Officer for England Gold Award [lifetime achievement]- for leadership and contribution to clinical academic careers for nurses
  • 2019: Winner - Research, Innovation and Improvement (Nurturing), NUH Honours Awards, NUH NHS Trust, UK
  • 2019: 2018 Top cited article (#1) in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Journal. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • 2019: Winner - Veronica Bishop Paper of the Year award. Journal of Research in Nursing. The award seeks to recognise and reward authors of innovative and timely papers that connect policy, practice and research with the potential to make a real difference.
  • 2018: Finalist - Nurse Leader of the Year, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust Awards, UK
  • 2016: Highly Commended- National Mental Health Awards, Positive Practice Collaborative, UK
  • 2014: ​​​​​​​Highly commended, WellChild nurse of the year award. WellChild the national charity for sick children, UK.
  • 2014: ​​​​​​​Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Top Abstract Award, 2014 WFPICCS World Congress on Pediatric Intensive & Critical Care, Istanbul, Turkey.

PhD/MRes Students:


  • 2019- - Mr Ben Marson (NIHR DRF funded PhD), School of Medicine [Second supervisor]. Title: The CORE-Kids Study: What are the most important outcomes to measure following childhood fractures?
  • 2019 (PT)- - Rachel Keetley (Health Education England funded PhD), School of Rehabilitation, Aging and Wellbeing [second supervisor]. Title: Measuring the longer-term impact, outcomes and healthcare needs of children and families following Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).
  • 2018 - -Chantelle Grandjean, Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland [Expert -member of doctoral committee]. Title: Chronic critical illness: Children' care characteristics and families' psychosocial outcomes and needs.
  • 2016- - Rachel Bower (Coventry University funded PhD), Coventry University [Primary supervisor]. Title: Interventions to reduce interruptions to medication administration in Paediatric Intensive Care: an exploratory study.


  • 2017-2018 - Nicola Taylor (NIHR funded MRes), Coventry University.
  • 2016-2017 - Rachel Keetley (NIHR funded MARM), University of Nottingham.
  • 2015-2016 - Rachel Bower (NIHR funded MRes), Coventry University.
  • 2014-2018 - Dr Emma Popejoy (UoN Lifecycle funded PhD), University of Nottingham. [Second supervisor]. Title: Decision making and future planning for children with life-limiting illnesses: a qualitative longitudinal case study.

UK Collaborators:

  • Professor Jane Coad, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Philip Quinlan, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Tim Carter, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Damian Wood, Nottingham Children's Hospital
  • Professor Joanne Cooper, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dr Barney Scholefield, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Sarah Redsell, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Ms Angela Horsley, NHS Improvement
  • Dr Gillian Colville, St Georges Hospital
  • Professor Jos Latour, University of Plymouth
  • Professor Liz Draper, University of Leicester.

International collaborators:

  • Professor Martha Curley - University of Pennsylvania, US
  • Dr Janet Rennick - McGill University, Canada
  • Dr Neethi Pinto, University of Chicago, US
  • Professor Scott Watson, Seattle Children's Hospital, US
  • Dr Reinis Blamarks, Bernu Klinska Universitates Slimnica (Children's Hospital) / Riga Stadins University, Latvia

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