Prof Susan Kirk

Professor of Family and Child Health

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Unit Lead - Qualitative Research and Design Unit (M.Res Programme)

Co-lead of the Child Health Research Network

Senior Adviser - NIHR North West Research Design Service

Steering Group Member -  Evidence Synthesis Research Network

Member - North West Children's Palliative Care Network

Associate Editor - BMC Pediatrics

ESRC DTC Pathway Lead - Health and Wellbeing


Following clinical positions in district nursing, midwifery and health visiting I moved into a research career, firstly at the University of Liverpool and then at the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre at the University of Manchester. Here I conducted a number of studies examining health service organisation, quality improvement, patient safety, inter-agency working and user involvement. During this time I developed an interest in the experiences and support needs of young people with complex healthcare needs and their families. My PhD examined the experience of parenting a child who needs medical technology to sustain their life and how parenting is constructed in this context.

In 2002 I joined the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work in a joint post with the NHS to develop research and research capacity within community nursing. Between 2003 and 2006 I held an NIHR/Health Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship. As part of this fellowship I explored children's and young people's experiences of living with medical technology.  Subsequently I have been leading research relating to family experiences of childhood long-term conditions, disability and palliative care.


  • Ph.D
  • M.Sc
  • B.Nurs
  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Midwife
  • Registered Health Visitor
  • District Nursing Certificate

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science

Member of the International Family Nursing Association

Member of the UK Disabled Child Research Network

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Panel Member

Member of the Association for Young People's Health

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

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