Pioneering children's nurse is first in UK to win prestigious clinical lectureship

04 Feb 2019 08:00:00.000

An expert in paediatric and family nursing at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has become the first children’s nurse in the UK to be awarded a Clinical Lectureship from the Department of Health and Social Care.

Dr Joseph Manning is a Clinical Associate Professor and Charge Nurse in Paediatric Critical Care Outreach at Nottingham Children’s Hospital and also carries out ground-breaking research into improving care for critically-ill children and their families. 

The award will allow new research to be carried out which will directly benefit patients in Nottingham, the East Midlands, the wider NHS as well as internationally.

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Dr Manning said: “I am extremely passionate about improving outcomes and lives for our young patients and their families.  Our current understanding of the needs and how we support children and their families who have experienced critical illness is limited.  This lectureship is a tremendous opportunity to develop the evidence base to inform and advance clinical care in this field, which I hope will have demonstrable impact on the long-term health and wellbeing of children and their families.”  

He added: “This Lectureship will allow me to continue to have meaningful concurrent engagement in clinical practice and research whilst undertaking a bespoke research and clinical training programme. I feel extremely proud and excited to be undertaking this award at NUH and the University of Nottingham.” 

The Lectureship will consist of research, clinical practice and leadership development, including: 

  • Conducting a multi-centre longitudinal study which looks at the clinical outcomes for children and families after being discharged from a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), known as the OCEANIC study.
  • Results from the study will be shared with families, national organisations, health commissioners, policy makers and the international paediatric intensive care community.
  • Working with national leaders for Children and Young People Health Care at NHS Improvement on how policies are influenced, developed and implemented.
  • Dr Manning will be supported by a very strong UK team of clinicians and academics – Professor Jane Coad, University of Nottingham; Dr Philip Quinlan, HDRUK, University of Nottingham; Professor Elizabeth Draper, University of Leicester; Professor Jos Latour, University of Plymouth.   
  • An invitation to work with Professor Martha Curley (Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Paediatric Nursing; Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine) at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (USA) who is the global leader for paediatric critical care nursing research.
  • Dr Manning will work between The School of Health Sciences and The Advanced Data Analysis Centre (ADAC) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (University of Nottingham).  This unique opportunity will allow Dr Manning to access to expertise in relation to data analytics and statistical support and be part pf Health Data Research UK, a major new investment in health informatics.

Professor Joanne Lymn, Head of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham, said: “Joseph did his PhD with the School of Health Sciences and we are hugely proud to be able to welcome him back and host his clinical lectureship. Joseph is one of the foremost young researchers working in this area and has a great future ahead of him It is our pleasure to be able to support his development in this way.”

Professor of Children and Family Nursing, Jane Coad, at the University of Nottingham said: “We are over the moon. This is major achievement for Joseph, the Trust, the University and the partner organisations to work together to make a difference in the outcomes of critically ill children and young people and their families not only locally but nationally and internationally.” 

Professor Mandie Sunderland, Chief Nurse at NUH, said: “This is a fantastic achievement professionally and personally for Joseph, who has a dynamic approach to nursing and is focussed on generating the evidence base to allow for further improvements of nursing care for children and young people. We are extremely proud of his achievement and it is further confirmation of NUH’s commitment to empowering Nurses and Midwives to strive to achieve excellence.  We look forward to seeing the impact that this opportunity will have for patients and their families during the course of the lectureship and beyond.”

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The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage, consistently ranked among the world's top 100. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our 44,000 students - Nottingham was named both Sports and International University of the Year in the  2019 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, was awarded gold in the TEF 2017 and features in the top 20 of all three major UK rankings. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. We are ranked eighth for research power in the UK according to REF 2014. We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer, proud of our Athena SWAN silver award, and a key industry partner- locally and globally.


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