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Dr Michael Tatterton

Associate Professor (Children's Nursing)

Faculty/Dept/School School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
(Faculty of Health Studies)
Emailm.tatterton@bradford.ac.uk
Twitter@MJTatterton
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Biography

Michael is an associate professor and the field lead for children and young people's nursing.  He is a children’s nurse, health visitor, independent prescriber and advanced nurse practitioner, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  

In addition to his role at the University, Michael is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Child Health Care (Sage Journals) and a Specialist Advisor to the Care Quality Commission.  In September 2021, Michael was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the International Children's Palliative Care Network (ICPCN), representing the World Health Organization European Region.

He has extensive clinical, teaching, research and leadership experience.  Prior to joining the University of Bradford, Michael was a Consultant Nurse in children’s palliative and end of life care in a regional children’s hospice.  Within that role he chaired the Yorkshire and Humber Children’s Palliative Care Network Workforce and Education group and sat on the Executive Board, designing and delivering a children’s palliative and end of life care training programme to health, social care and education staff across the region.  He represented children's hospice care nationally in the Association of Chief Children's Nurses. 

Michael has worked as a director of nursing, consultant Nurse, community specialist practitioner and NHS Commissioner.  Michael has worked in the hospital, hospice and community setting, caring for babies, children and young people, and their families in critical care and those with complex and palliative care needs.  In 2010, Michael was awarded the Queen’s Nurse title in recognition of his commitment to children’s community nursing.  

Michael has a Masters in public health and a PhD in palliative care, where he used interpretative phenomenological analysis to explore how grandparents experience the death of a grandchild.  His research interests include children’s palliative care, family centred care, grief and loss, advancing nursing practice and nursing leadership. He has published and presented his research widely, working in collaboration with practitioners, organisations and academics in other institutions. 

Michael's research has been recognised by numerous awards including Researcher of the Year (International Journal of Palliative Nursing) and Commitment to Carers (Royal College of Nursing Awards), for his work with bereaved grandparents, and Enhancing Patient Dignity (Nursing Times Awards), for his work on supporting bereaved families of children who donated organs. He is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Michael sits on the Joint Research Board of Together for Short Lives and the Association on Paediatric Palliative Medicine, leading research on palliative care for children,  young people, and their families across the UK. 

Research

Michael’s research predominantly focuses on the experiences of families of children with life-limiting conditions, and advancing nursing practice in children’s palliative care.  Recent examples include:

  • Exploring how grandparents experience the death of a grandchild following a life-limiting condition;
  • Exploring how nurses perceive care after death of children following organ donation;
  • Developing a nursing dependency scoring tool for children’s palliative care;
  • Identifying the prevalence of cannabis-based medicine use in children who use British children’s hospices;
  • Stakeholder Perceptions of Dignity Therapy for Children and Young People with Life-Limiting and Life-Threatening Conditions in the UK;
  • Identifying the approaches UK children’s hospices take to providing community-based palliative care. 
His research interests include family centred care, family nursing, advanced level practice, grief, loss and bereavement, interdisciplinary approaches to care, clinical leadership and innovation in practice, workforce development and qualitative health research.

Current research:

Developing Dignity Therapy Interventions for children and young people with life-limiting and life threatening conditions in partnership with Drs Alison Rodriguez and Joanna Smith (University of Leeds), Professor Wilfred McSherry (Staffordshire University), Professor Allan Kellehear (University of Bradford), Lucy Watts MBE and Dr Angel Jimenez-Aranda (Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust). 

Exploring the provision of family centred care after the death of a child, in partnership with Martin House Children’s Hospice. 

Developing guidelines for the moving and handling of children after death, in partnership with Martin House Children’s Hospice and Full Circle. 

Teaching

Teaching interests

Pre and post registration nursing

Non-medical prescribing

Advanced clinical practice

Palliative care

Family 

Grief, loss and bereavement

Qualitative research methods

Professional activities

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council, Registrant
  • Royal College of Nursing, Full member
  • Royal College of Nursing, Advanced Level Nursing Credential
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow
  • Association of Chief Children's Nurses, Member
  • International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) UK and Ireland Chapter, Member
  • Together for Short Lives/Association of Paediatric Palliative Medicine, Board Member
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing , Nurse Leader
  • International Children's Palliative Care Network (ICPCN), Trustee
  • Yorkshire and Humber Children's Palliative Care Network (Chair: Education and Workforce),
  • Martin House Research Centre, University of York (Research Advisory Board Member),
  • Together for Short Lives/Association of Paediatric Palliative Medicine (Board Member),
  • International Children's Palliative Care Network (ICPCN),
  • 01-JAN-10: - Queen's Nurse (Queen's Nursing Institute)
  • 01-JAN-16: - Researcher of the Year (International Journal of Palliative Nursing)
  • 01-JAN-17: - Nurse of the Year: Commitment to Carers (Royal College of Nursing)
  • 01-JAN-20: - Enhancing Patient Dignity
  • Research Ethics Panel
  • Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee
  • Module Leader: Enhanced Paediatric Nursing Skills
  • Module Leader: Managing the nursing care of babies, children and young poeple
  • Academic Leadership: Field Lead for Children and Young People's Nursing
  • 01-JUN-15: Care Quality Commission -

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleSources of emotional challenge for practitioners delivering family centred care after the death of child: an inductive thematic analysis (2021)
AuthorsMichael J Tatterton, Alison Honour, Judith Lyon, Lorna Kirkby, Mary Newbegin and Jo Webster
JournalMortality
DOI10.1080/13576275.2021.1929897
 
TitleMoving and handling and managing physiological deterioration of deceased children in hospice cool rooms: practice guidelines for care after death (2021)
AuthorsTatterton, M.J., Honour, A., Billington, D., Kirkby, L., Lyon, J.A., Lyon, N. and Gaskin, G
JournalNursing children and young people
PublisherRCNi
 
TitleDeveloping a nursing dependency scoring tool for children’s palliative care: the impact on hospice care (2021)
AuthorsTatterton MJ, Martin C, Moore, C, Walker, C
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
 
Title‘I no longer feel alone’: meeting the needs of bereaved grandparents through a children’s hospice support group (2020)
AuthorsTatterton MJ, Lyon JA
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
 
TitleThe Prevalence of Nonprescription Cannabinoid-Based Medicines in British Children's Hospices: Results of a National Survey. (2019)
AuthorsTatterton MJ;Walker C;
JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
DOI10.1089/jpm.2018.0522
 
TitleUnderstanding the bereavement experience of grandparents following the death of a grandchild from a life-limiting condition: A meta-ethnography. (2019)
AuthorsTatterton MJ;Walshe C;
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
DOI10.1111/jan.13927
 
TitleA qualitative descriptive analysis of nurses' perceptions of hospice care for deceased children following organ donation in hospice cool rooms. (2019)
AuthorsTatterton MJ;Summers R;Brennan CY;
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
DOI10.12968/ijpn.2019.25.4.166
 
TitleMeaning making And Generativity In Children and Young people with Life limiting conditions (MAGICYL) (2019)
AuthorsWatts L.;Rodriguez A.;Tatterton M.;McSherry W.;Smith J.
JournalEvidence-based nursing
DOI10.1136/ebnurs-2019-103075
 
TitleApproaches to community-based palliative care provision by children's hospices in the UK. (2019)
AuthorsJ Tatterton M;
JournalNursing children and young people
DOI10.7748/ncyp.2019.e1199
 
TitleHow Grandparents Experience the Death of a Grandchild With a Life-Limiting Condition. (2019)
AuthorsTatterton MJ;Walshe C;
JournalJournal of Family Nursing
DOI10.1177/1074840718816808
 
TitleIndependent non-medical prescribing in children's hospices in the UK: a practice snapshot. (2017)
AuthorsTatterton MJ;
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
DOI10.12968/ijpn.2017.23.8.386
 
Book Chapters
TitleNon-medical prescribing and advanced practice in children's hospices (2021)
AuthorsTatterton, M.J.
JournalMedicines Management Toolkit (3rd Ed)
PublisherTogether for Short Lives
 
TitleNon-medical prescribing (2014)
AuthorsTatterton, M.J. and Adams, J
JournalMedicines Management Toolkit (2nd Ed)
PublisherTogether for Short Lives
 
Conference Contributions
AuthorsMathai, M et al.
 
Other Publications
Other typeInvited papers
TitleStakeholder Perceptions of Dignity Therapy for Children and Young People with Life-Limiting and Life-Threatening Conditions in the UK (2020)
AuthorsWatts, L., Smith, J., McSherry, W., Tatterton, M.J. and Rodriguez, A.
PublisherLIDSEN Publishing Inc.
 
Other typeEditorial
TitleMeaning making And Generativity In Children and Young people with Life limiting conditions (MAGICYL). (2019)
AuthorsWatts L;Rodriguez A;Tatterton M;McSherry W;Smith J;
JournalEvidence-based nursing
DOI10.1136/ebnurs-2019-103075