Michaela Barnard

Michaela Barnard

Lecturer in Children and Young Peoples Nursing

  • Mary Seacole MS3.20
  • T: 0161 295 3811
  • E: m.c.barnard@salford.ac.uk
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I joined the University of Salford in December 2009 as a full time Lecturer.  Prior to this appointment, I worked as a Teaching Fellow alongside a clinical role as Sister on a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I originally qualified as an adult nurse but went on to become a children’s nurse. The majority of my clinical career of 17 years has been spent looking after neonates and their families. I also have substantial experience working as a Bereavement Support Sister, supporting families whose baby had died.


I teach many subjects across the pre-registration curriculum and I am a module leader for a second year field specific module. I teach on the post-qualifying neonatal courses and communication skills module. I particularly enjoy teaching end of life issues, breaking bad news and professional issues.

Research Interests

My main research interests relate to the experiences of parents following bereavement on a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and I am currently a post-graduate student undertaking a qualitative study look at this phenomenon. I am also interested in sharing difficult information, grief and loss, end of life and palliative care in Children and Young People’s nursing. I am a member of the Manchester RCN Research in Child Health (RiCH) group which includes contributing to research resources in the Nursing Children and Young People journal.

Qualifications and Memberships

I am appointed to sit on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Conduct and Competence Committee which makes determinations regarding nurses Fitness to Practice. I have been in this role for four years.

  • 2010 - Post Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Care Education Registered Teacher with NMC
  • 2004 - BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice
  • 2000 - Diploma in Child Health Nursing RN (Child)
  • 1993 - Registered General Nurse