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 Douglas Steinke, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacoepidemiology and Health Services Research, Division of Pharmacy and Optometry at the University of Manchester and Academic Research Pharmacist at Manchester University Foundation Trust (Wythenshawe).
Dr Steinke is a pharmacoepidemiologist in the research area of chronic disease drug epidemiology specifically in type 2 diabetes, respiratory disease and cardiovascular disease. Doug also evaluates healthcare services provided by pharmacists and technicians in secondary care.
Doug’s research in drug utilisation and patient use of medicines is used in policy development while health services research develops pharmacy practice to provide the best possible care to patients. He also provides his research skills to pharmacist developed research questions to encourage pharmacists to research their own questions of practice.
Dr Gabriella Lindergard, Clinical Lecturer in Nursing (NIHR-ICAT)
Gabriella recently joined the University of Manchester after 9 years in research delivery at North Manchester General Hospital, Infectious Diseases Research Department. She has extensive experience in infectious diseases research and after completing a PhD in Infection and Immunity at University of Glasgow on a Wellcome Trust Prize award, worked on postdoctoral fellowships at Cornell University, USA and University of Edinburgh.
She is one of the first nurses appointed on the NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Training programme with an honorary contract with Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust Research and Innovation Department.
Gabriella’s aim is to encourage and support more nurses develop their academic research skills and be a link at the hospital who can provide practical advice and guidance for research interested NMAPHs. Her research interest and project proposal is the interaction between HIV infection and the microbiome; how the infection itself and the antiretroviral medication affects the individual’s gut microbiome.
Tim Twelvetree, Research Development Manager, 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).