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School of Health and Society

Liz Burns


I qualified as a mental health nurse in 1998 and joined the University of Salford as a Lecturer in Nursing in December 2015.

Following a career in alcohol services working across a range of primary care and criminal settings, I gained ten years’ experience as a public health practitioner, focusing on population approaches to reducing alcohol harm and individual behaviour change interventions. I have contributed to the development of a number of partnership strategies, clinical protocols and multi-professional CPD training programmes including alcohol identification and brief advice, managing alcohol withdrawal in community and inpatient settings, early help/safeguarding, domestic abuse, as well as self-care and personalized care planning.

I have a particular interest in the role of public health in licensing policy, responsible alcohol retailing and interventions in the night-time economy. I am also a member of the international motivational interviewing network of trainers.


Pre-registration programmes, with a particular interest in:

  • public health
  • self-care and supported self-management
  • motivational interviewing and brief interventions
  • alcohol/substance misuse
  • safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
  • domestic abuse

Research Interests

Screening and brief interventions, licensing policy and enforcement, violence/injury prevention

Msc dissertation: A systematic review of prevention trials exploring enforcement strategies and interventions that increase alcohol retailer compliance with alcohol control policies and legislation.

Qualifications and Memberships

1998 - Registered Mental Health Nurse

1999 - BNurs (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing Award & ENB 812 Specialist Community Practitioner Certificate

2008 - Psychotherapy training in Transactional Analysis

2009 - Award in the Assessment of Licensed Premises

2013 - Award in Education and Training

2013 - MSc in Addiction Studies 

2014 - Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)


Conference/Task Force contributions

2008 – “Are you pregnant or thinking about it, and worried about your drinking?” Task Force on Youth-Specific Aspects of Alcohol: European Commission Alcohol and Health Forum.

2008 – Evaluation of the NHS Drinking Responsibly Project. International Club Health Conference.

2012 – Alcohol screening and prevention in later life. International Festival of Public Health.

2014 - Promoting Responsible Alcohol Retailing: City Centre ‘Reduce the Strength’ pilot. International Festival of Public Health.

Health Education/Making Every Contact Count publications

  • Drink Smart: alcohol self-help guide
  • Safer drinking in later life
  • Face up to drink: alcohol can affect your family life
  • Alcohol, your baby and you
  • Responsible Alcohol Sales: helpful advice for staff
  • Responsible Alcohol Sales: helpful advice for staff airside