Dr Brenda Poku

Research Associate

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I am currently a Research Associate and a Co-PI on an NIHR RfPB funded project at the University of Manchester. This work will focus on exploring fatigue experiences of children and young people with sickle cell disease in the UK to guide the co-development of a fatigue self-management intervention. This project builds on my PhD research, funded by a University of Manchester President's Doctoral Scholar Award and my subsequent ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. 


Following several years of nursing practice in Ghana, I moved into research, firstly as a doctoral student at the University of Manchester under the supervision of Professor Susan Kirk (2015-2019). During this time, I developed an interest in the life and transition experiences, and self-management practices of children and adolescents with chronic conditions, particularly sickle cell disease. Following my PhD, I moved to the University of Nottingham School of Health Sciences as a Research Fellow on an HEE funded systematic review and subsequently to the School of Sociology and Social Policy as an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow.


  • Ph.D
  • M.Sc
  • B.Nurs
  • RN

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 2019 - Doctor of Nursing Science, Understanding fatigue experiences of adolescents with sickle cell disease in Ghana: A constructivist grounded theory study, The University of Manchester (2015 - 2019)
  • 2014 - Master of Nursing Science University of Nottingham (2013 - 2014)
  • 2009 - Bachelor of Nursing Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (2005 - 2009)

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