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Professor Michelle Briggs

Professor Michelle Briggs is a Clinical Professor of Nursing. This post is a partnership between the School of Health Sciences at the University of Manchester (UoM) and Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MFT). In her joint role Professor Briggs works to develop and embed clinical academic opportunities for nurses, midwives and AHPs at the UoM and MFT.  She is Capacity Building Theme Lead within NIHR Applied Research Collaboration in Greater Manchester ARC GM.

She leads the Supportive Pain and Palliative Care (SuPPaC) Research group in the Division of Nursing Midwifery and Social Work (UoM) and is a Visiting Professor of Nursing in the Centre for Pain Research at Leeds Beckett University. Her research is contributing to a greater understanding of the difference nurses can make for people in pain. Her pain research has been used in NHS practice and policy guidelines nationally and internationally. She leads the Supportive Pain and Palliative Care (SuPPaC) research group in the Division of Nursing Midwifery and Social Work at University of Manchester. Her 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.

Alison Lynch, Deputy Chief Nurse

Alison Lynch is Group Deputy Chief Nurse at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT).  Alison’s interest in research is driven by the ambition to increase the number of nursing, midwifery, and allied health professionals as active researchers, and in seeing the evidence of research in practice improving outcomes for patients.

As a registered nurse, Alison also holds an MSc in Clinical Nursing from the University of Manchester, where she previously held a joint appointment as Programme Director for MSc Clinical Nursing whilst working in advanced practice at Bolton Hospitals NHS FT.   She was also previously Visiting Professor at Chester University.

Alison has particular interests in falls prevention and wound care, but also in helping to prepare NHS managers to support registrants to develop clinical academic careers.  She looks forward to working in the newly launched Manchester Clinical Academic Centre, and to seeing academic careers flourish for the benefit of the future health of the populations we serve.

Dr Janet Deane, NIHR Clinical Lecturer

Dr Janet Deane is one of the first Physiotherapy NIHR Clinical lecturers to be appointed on the Integrated Academic Training (IAT) at the University of Manchester (UoM) and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT).

As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and postdoctoral researcher, Janet teaches and supervises on a range of national and international clinical research programmes, whilst playing leading roles in the delivery and development of the MFT NMAHP research strategy and Clinical Academic Centre.

Janet is passionate about research and uses digital technology to understand the mechanisms underpinning a musculoskeletal conditions to facilitate the development of effective treatments for patients with chronic pain. In 2019 Janet was awarded her PhD on completion of her Versus Arthritis funded doctoral fellowship at Imperial College London, where she used MRI, kinematic and EMG analysis methods to evaluate biomedical sub-classifiers of chronic low back pain.

Janet has been privileged to present and publish her research nationally and internationally, winning several awards and fellowships including, most recently, the UoM 2021 ‘FBMH Research Development Award’.

Through Chief Executive membership for grant committees (NIHR Health Technology Assessment) and societies (the Society for Back Pain Research U.K.), Janet continues to support innovative patient research.

Tim Twelvetree, Research Fellow, MFT and Lecturer, Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, The University of Manchester

Tim has been working in a jointly funded role as Research Fellow and Lecturer with MFT and The University of Manchester since 2009. Tim’s post is a partnership between the University of Manchester (UoM) and Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MFT).  Tim is a member of the CARIN (Clinical Academic Roles and Careers Implementation Network) Impact and Metrics, and Output and Impact groups, where he works to help coordinate NMAHP research capacity building at MFT with other NHS organisations across the UK.

Tim joined MFT having worked in health services research and research capacity development for over 25 years. He came to MFT, having previously worked as the R&D Manager for Research Design Service NW at Salford University and is proud to have played a role in establishing MFT as a leading NHS centre for the development of NMAHP clinical academic careers. Tim looks forward to further supporting NMAHP research and clinical academics at MFT.

Dr Penny Lewis, Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry at the University of Manchester and Academic Lead Pharmacist for Research, Manchester University Foundation Trust

Dr Penny Lewis is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry at the University of Manchester and Academic Lead Pharmacist for Research, Manchester University Foundation Trust. Penny’s research focusses on patient safety and the effective delivery of pharmacy services to improve patient care.  Penny actively promotes research engagement and fosters the research ambitions of healthcare professionals, including clinical pharmacists, through her current secondment to the Research Capacity Leadership Team of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (NIHR ARC-GM).