Prof Susan Kirk

Professor of Family and Child Health

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M.Res Programme Director

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

Senior Adviser - NIHR North West Research Design Service

Member - North West Children's Palliative Care Network

SHS Athena Swan SAT Member



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 children and young people with complex healthcare needs and their families.

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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