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Professor Michelle Briggs

The University of Manchester and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 


Michelle Briggs joins The Florence Nightingale Foundation, University of Manchester & Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) from Leeds Beckett University where she was Professor of Nursing and Co- Director of the Centre for Pain Research. She qualified as a nurse in 1990 and worked in trauma orthopaedics (Nottingham) and the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (London) before moving to take up a nursing research & development practitioner post in Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust leading practice development projects in pain and wound care. This was followed by a joint NHS/University appointment with Leeds Community Healthcare/Leeds Beckett University.

Over the last 20 years, Michelle has been extensively involved in clinical nursing research. She has held a National Institute Health Research (NIHR) post-doctoral fellowship at the School of Healthcare, Leeds University. Here she developed in-depth knowledge and experience in systematic review methodology and has become a regular contributor to the Cochrane Collaboration; an international network helping healthcare practitioners, policy-makers, patients, their advocates and carers, to make well-informed decisions about healthcare. She has also completed systematic reviews of qualitative research using Joanna Briggs QARI methodology and meta-ethnography.

Michelle's research is embedded in the NHS and is used in practice and policy guidelines nationally. Her research is focused primarily on pain management with the aim of contributing to a greater understanding of how nurses make a difference for people living with persistent pain. Her current research has two themes

1) Understanding patients’ experiences of pain

2) Addressing inequalities in pain management: particularly those who are marginalized or in hard-to-reach communities.

                                       Michelle was appointed on 1st January 2017.

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