Alison Cavanagh

Alison J Cavanagh

Lecturer in Children & Young People’s Nursing


Alison is an experienced Adult and Children’s Nurse and Nurse Teacher with over 33 years’ experience. In practice she was employed in a variety of acute, community and settings. In 2014 she qualified as a BACP registered counsellor and holds a current clinical workload in children and family bereavement.


Teaching across Pre- Registration Modules at Level 4 , 5, 6 & 7

Module member of several Modules associated with interest & expertise.

Experienced Personal Teacher to > 80 students

Research Interests

Alison is Interested in usefulness of music in children’s hospital settings both with the acutely ill child and child with long term conditions having been Principal investigator and a researcher with two commissioned projects. Incidence of neglect and efficacy of management across sites throughout the UK. Use of visual imagery to support education in diabetes.

Qualifications and Memberships

1984: Registered General Nurse R.G.N (Trafford School of Nursing)

1996: Registered Sick Children & Young People's Nurse (University of Salford)

1999: BSc (Hons) Health, Care & Welfare

2007: MA Human Relations

2010:  Registered Nurse Teacher (University of Salford)

2014: Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction) (University of Salford)  


Yorke, J, Grant, MJ,. Cavanagh, AJ.  (2012). 'The impact of caring for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on carers’ psychological well-being: a narrative review' , International Journal of Nursing Studies, 49 (11) , pp. 1459-1471.

Grant, MJ, Cavanagh, AJ,. Yorke, J. (2012). 'The impact of caring for those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) on carers' psychological well-being: A narrative review' , International Journal of Nursing Studies, 49 (11), pp. 1459-1471. Item not available from this repository.

Cavanagh, A., Devitt, J,. Fallon, D,. Livelsley, P., Long, T., Mcloughlin, M., Murphy, M,. (2012). 4 year longitudinal impact evaluation of the Action for Children UK Neglect Project: outcomes for the children, families, Action for Children, and the UK , Other, University of Salford, Salford.

Cavanagh, A. Croughan, CE. (2016). Now you see me... , Project Report, Diabetes UK.  

Postgraduate research

Child & family bereavement

The concept of identity in nursing

Type 1 diabetes a family centered care approach

Experiences of managing a long term condition