Professor of Nursing, Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair in Clinical Nursing ResearchAreas of expertise: Education, Expert Women, Medicine, Religion
Professor Michelle Briggs is both a Professor of Nursing and an ordained Anglican Priest serving as a University Chaplain.
Professor Michelle Briggs was appointed to the Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair in Clinical Nursing in January 2017. This post represents a partnership between the University of Manchester, Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Florence Nightingale Foundation. Professor Briggs joins the Trust from her previous post as Professor of Nursing at Leeds Beckett University, where she was Co-Director of the Centre for Pain Research. She has worked clinically in orthopaedics and trauma intensive care in Nottingham and London before moving to Leeds where she worked in practice development at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Leeds Community Healthcare. Her research is contributing to a greater understanding of the difference nurses can make for people in pain. She has an international reputation for her research in wounds and pain and she works closely with colleagues in the NHS and patients to ensure that her research addresses important questions for patients and for clinical practice. Her research has been used in NHS practice and policy guidelines nationally and internationally. Her current research programme has two themes – improving patients’ experience of pain management and addressing inequalities in pain management particularly for those in pain who are marginalized or where pain may go unrecognised.
Her research focuses on pain management with the aim of contributing to a greater understanding of how nurses make a difference for people living with persistent pain and chronic pain. She qualified as a nurse in 1990 and worked clinically in orthopaedics and trauma intensive care in Nottingham and London before moving to Leeds where she used to work before she moved to Manchester, where she worked in practice development at Leeds teaching hospitals NHS trust and Leeds community healthcare.
Michelle has over 20 years’ experience in nursing and pain research. She was previously an NIHR post-doctoral fellow focusing on chronic pain, wounds and evidence synthesis. Michelle has developed in-depth knowledge and experience in systematic reviews and evidence synthesis and has served as a Cochrane Wounds Group editor from 2003-2008. She has also completed syntheses of qualitative research using Joanna Briggs QARI methodology.
Her research is embedded in the NHS and this close collaboration with nurses and healthcare chaplains provides the ability to respond to clinical needs. Her research has been used in NHS practice and policy guidelines nationally in the RCN Clinical Practice Guidelines, NHS Evidence and The NHS Clinical Knowledge Summaries. She has also received several prizes for her work including the NAPP Achievement in Pain Practice award – this prize funded a DVD aimed at helping staff and patients understand neuropathic pain and talk about it more effectively. Michelle is currently supervising PhD students exploring subjects such as the impact of mindfulness meditation for long term conditions; a mixed methods evaluation of a nurse/pharmacist led pain clinic and an exploration of spiritual care giving in nursing.
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Professor of Nursing for pain management, former NHS nurse.