Dr Michelle Howarth

Dr Michelle Howarth

Senior Lecturer

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  • E: m.l.howarth2@salford.ac.uk
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Michelle’s PhD explored the meaning and experience of person centred care for people who have chronic back pain. The theme of person centred care has been developed through Michelle’s current research which focusses on how therapeutic horticulture can be used to support person centred approaches to recovery for people in the community. Michelle’s recent funded project is exploring the impact of a Therapeutic Mental Health Recovery programme with a local social enterprise. Michelle co-leads the 'Creative Wellbeing' group at the University. The group brings together a collection of academics from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds ranging from nurses and public health researchers to geographers, environmental scientists, psychologists, built environment specialists and many more and are currently working to evaluate the impact of green space on health and wellbeing.


Michelle is the programme leader for the MSc Nursing and leads the Project management and methods of enquiry module.

Research Interests

Michelle’s research has explored partnership, and person centred care More recently Michelle is working to develop person centred approaches to care through the use of therapeutic horticulture and green care

  • Therapeutic horticulture
  • Green care
  • Social prescribing
  • Person centred care

Qualifications and Memberships

1990: Registered General Nurse (West Penine College of Health Studies)

1995: ENB 870 Research Appreciation and Application (University of Manchester)

1997: MSc Practitioner Research (Manchester Metropolitan University)

2001: Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (University of Salford)

20012: PhD Doctorate of Philosophy (University of Salford)






Howarth, M. McQuarrie, C.  Withnell, N., & Smith, E. (2016). 'The Influence of Therapeutic Horticulture on Social Integration'. Journal of Public Mental Health, 15(3), pp.136-140.

Probyn, J. Howarth, M.  Maz, J. (2016). ' Understanding the 'middle bit': How to appraise qualitative research'. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing., 11(5), pp.248-252.

Howarth, M. Warne, T., &  Haigh, C. (2013). 'Pain from the Inside:Understanding the Theoretical Underpinning of Person- Centered Care Delivered by Pain Teams', Pain Management Nursing, pp.1-9.

Franks, H & Howarth, M (2012). 'Being an effective nurse consultant in the English National Health Service: what does it take? A study of consultants specializing in safeguarding', Journal of Nursing Management, (20), pp.847-857.

Howarth, M. Haigh, C., & Warne, T. (2012). 'Let's Stick Together! A Grounded Theory Exploration of Interprofessional Working used to Provide Person Centred Chronic Back Pain Services'. Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Postgraduate research

  • Grounded theory
  • Therapeutic horticulture
  • Person Centred Care
  • Social Prescribing