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Dr Joan Livesley

Senior Lecturer in Multi Professional Postgraduate Studies


Following and extensive period of nursing practice with children and their families in a children’s intensive care unit, children’s renal unit as children’s intravenous therapy I joined the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care in 1986. She is a senior lecturer in Child Health and is published in the field of children in hospital, safeguarding children and young people, inter-agency working and evidence-based practice. She undertakes research in partnership with children, young people and their families and staff who work with them. She is especially interested in privileging the voice of children and young people regarding their experiences.

She is qualified in adult and children’s nursing, has a clinical background in services for children in hospital and the community and holds an MA in child and family services. Since she has completed a PhD, Children’s experiences as hospital in-patients, voice, competence and work.


She teaches on undergraduate, post qualifying and post-graduate programmes. The main focus of her teaching is the care of children and their families, safeguarding children, advanced nursing practice and research evidence based practice. Following 5 years working to develop and lead a commissioned multi-professional MSc in Advanced Practice she has taken the programme lead position for PhD students (international).

Research Interests

Children and young people’s voice, with a special focus on inclusive research partnerships with children and their families regardless of their capacity or capability, and research with hard to reach families and young people.

Qualifications and Memberships

RGN, RSCN, Dip N., BSc., Nursing with Education, MA., Child and Family Services, PhD Children’s experiences as hospital in-patients, voice, competence and work.


Livesley, J & Long, T 2013, 'Children's experiences as hospital in-patients: Voice, competence and work: Messages for nursing from a critical ethnographic study', International Journal of Nursing Studies. In press available on line

Livesley, J & Long, T 2012 'Communicating with children and young people in research', in: Lambert, V & Long, T & Kelleher, D (eds.), Communication skills for children’s nurses, 1 edition, McGraw-Hill, Maidenhead, UK, pp.152-170.

Cavanagh, A & Livesley, J & Long, T & Dewhurst, R & Grant, M 2012, 'The RNCM Medical Notes Project at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital: Outcomes for children, families, musicians and hospital staff', for: Royal Northern College of Music, University of Salford, Salford, UK.

Long, T & Murphy, M & Fallon, D & Livesley, J & Devitt, P & McLoughlin, M & Cavanagh, A 2012, '4 year Longitudinal evaluation of the Action for Children UK Neglect Project: Outcomes for the children, families, Action for Children, and the UK', for: Action for Children, University of Salford, Salford, UK.

Livesley, J & Long, T & Fallon, D & Myers, S & Murray-de-Lopez, J & Cappleman, J & Chadwick, R 2011, 'Evaluation of the Action for Children Supported Housing, Supported Tenancy and Teenage Pregnancy Floating Support Services', 1, for: Action for Children, University of Salford, Manchester, U.K.

McLaughlin, H & Livesley, J & Scholar, H 2011, 'Evaluation of Trafford (West Area) Multi-Agency Family Support Team', 1, for: Trafford Council Children and Young People Service, University of Salford, Salford, U.K.

Long, T & Ravey, M & Livesley, J & Murphy, M & Fallon, D 2010, 'Extended evaluation of the Blackpool Springboard project', for: Blackpool Council, University of Salford, Salford, UK.

Coyne, I & Livesley, J 2010 'Introduction to the Core Principles in Children's Nursing', in: Coyne, I & Neill, F & Timmins, F (eds.), Clinical Skills in Children's Nursing, 1 edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K., pp.7-32.

Al-Gamal, E & Long, T & Livesley, J 2009, 'Development of a modified instrument to measure anticipatory grieving in Jordanian parents of children diagnosed with cancer: the MM-CGI Childhood Cancer', Cancer Nursing, 32(3), pp.211-219.

Livesley, J & Waters, K & Tarbuck, P 2008, 'The management of advanced practitioner preparation: a work-based challenge', Journal of Nursing Management, 17(5), pp.584-593.

Haines, C & Livesley, J 2008, ''Telling tales: using storytelling to explore and model critical reflective practice in integrated children's services' ', Learning In Health & Social Care, 7(4), pp.227-234

Long, T & Livesley, J & Devitt, P & Murphy, M & Fallon, D & Fenton, G 2009, 'Evaluation of the Blackburn with Darwen over 8's parenting service', for: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, University of Salford, Salford, UK.

Livesley, J & Long, T & Murphy, M & Fallon, D & Ravey, M 2008, 'Evaluation of the Blackpool Budget Holding Lead Practitioner Project', for: Blackpool Council, University of Salford, Salford, UK.

Livesley, J & Howarth, M 2007, 'Integrating research into clinical decisions', in: Evidence Based Practice Manual for Nurses 2nd Ed Craig J., Smyth R., Elsevier, pp.0. Livesley, J 2005, 'Telling Tales A Qualitative Exploration of How Children's Nurses Interpret Work with Unaccompanied Hospitalised Children', -Journal of Clinical Nursing

Livesley, J 2004, 'How a personal account contributes to Nurse Knowledge - Rachael's Story', -Professional Nurse.