Professor of Nursing and Child Health

University of Leicester


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Twitter: @josephcmanning

Professor Joseph Manning MBE

Leadership Team


Joseph is the Professor of Nursing and Child Health (Clinical-Academic joint appointment) at the School of Healthcare (University of Leicester) and Nottingham Children’s Hospital (Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust).

He is an authentic, inclusive and strategic Clinical-Academic nursing leader with a mission to optimise the experiences, outcomes and lives the of children, young people and families through the highest quality, multi-disciplinary research, practice and education. Joseph has strong national and international profiles within the fields of nursing, paediatric critical care, and clinical academic capacity and capability development.

Joseph’s research is methodologically diverse (exploratory through to intervention development and testing) but strategically aligned to critical evidence gaps and clinical priorities for nursing and child health. He currently leads research that connects to three defined programmes:

(a) harm-free acute care, that includes children and young people’s mental health, skin integrity, medication safety, and patient deterioration;

(b) facilitating health care transitions, that includes complex decision making, and family integrated care; and

(c) optimising health outcomes and survivorship, that includes outcome measurement and prioritisation, post intensive care syndrome in paediatrics (PICS-p), and participation outcomes.

Joseph uses a range of approaches including evidence synthesis, qualitative (art-based, creative methods), and mixed-methods (including the linkage and analysis of large quantitative datasets) to understand and address complex phenomena.  He has extensive experience in the sensitive and inclusive application of these approaches to research with children, young people, and their families. To date, he has received more than £8 million (as Chief/Co-Investigator) in competitive grant capture from quality national and international funders including the NIHR and NIH.

Joseph is deeply committed to supervising, mentoring and coaching the inclusive development of others (students, staff, and peers) in their research, leadership, and clinical academic careers at individual, organisational, and system levels.   He is an NIHR Academy mentor (profession and topic), and an invited mentor for the Florence Nightingale Foundation and Queens Nursing Institute (QNI).

In 2020, he was awarded a Chief Nursing Officer for England Gold Lifetime Award in recognition of his contribution and leadership to nursing and clinical academic careers.

In Her Majesty the Queen’s 2021 Birthday Honours, Joseph was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] for Services to Nursing.

Additional HDR Midlands Team Members

Firoza Davies

Patient & Public Representative
East Midlands

Mr Colin Monckton

Director of Performance and Information
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Rachel Caswell

Senior Healthcare Analyst
Midlands Analyst Network Lead Strategy Unit

Kathie McPeake

Macmillan Living with Cancer Programme Manager
NHS Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board