Alison J Cavanagh

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Mary Seacole MS3.12

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Current positions

Lecturer in Children & Young People's Nursing


Alison became a Nurse Registrant in Adult Nursing in 1984 from where she held posts in Intensive Care, surgery, medicine, acute children's care and later life care. In 1996 she qualified in Children & Young People's Nursing. In Children's Nursing she worked largely in the community in School Health, a Children's Hospice, respite care, Specialist Education alongside acute paediatrics. From 2002 she has worked as a Nurse Lecturer in Children and Young People's Nursing where she has an interest in creative curriculum development, undergraduate teaching particularly developmental anatomy & physiology & grief and bereavement in children and families.

Alison's research interests include using music in acute children's' settings and child neglect. Clinically, she has developed established links in Paediatric Community settings and lately as a BACP registered psychotherapist / counsellor, she works on a voluntary basis in child and family bereavement. She has a long interest in environmental issues and stands as a Green Party candidate in council elections.


  • Year 1 Undergraduate Nursing and Academic Assessor
  • Personalised Care
  • Safeguarding Advanced Communication and Counselling skills
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Developmental and Adult Anatomy
  • Physiology

Research Interests

  • Children
  • Young people

Qualifications and Memberships


  • Registered Children & Young People's Nurse
  • Registered Adult Nurse
  • Registered Nurse Teacher
  • Level 7 Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy [ Professional Training]
  • Master Of Arts in Human Relations
  • BSc ( Hons )
  • PGCE


  • Nursing and Midwifery Council [Registered Nurse]
  • British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists [BACP]