Liz Burns

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Mary Seacole Room MS 1.65

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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.

Areas of research

Public Health, Asset Based Community Development, Behaviour Change, Community-Centred Approaches


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


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 Training2013 - MSc in Addiction Studies 


1998 - Registered Mental Health Nurse

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