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Dr Michael Tatterton

Clinical Associate Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
(Faculty of Health Studies)
Emailm.tatterton@bradford.ac.uk
Telephone +441274 238057

Biography

Michael is a clinical associate professor of children and young people's nursing at the University of Bradford. He is a children’s nurse, health visitor, independent prescriber and advanced nurse practitioner, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  

In addition to his role at the University, Michael is the Chief Nurse at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice in Sheffield, and a Specialist Advisor to the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  He is an Editor of the Journal of Child Health Care (SAGE Publications) and Evidence-Based Nursing (BMJ Journals).  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.

Michael 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.  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 represents children's hospice care nationally in the Association of Chief Children's Nurses. 

Michael has worked as a chief nursing officer, 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 is a Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholar, awarded in 2024. 

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. 

In 2022, Michael was awarded The Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service Award by the Queen's Nursing Institute 'in recognition of an exceptional contribution made to the individual care of patients in the community to the nursing profession through teaching and personal example and to the body of knowledge through dedicated practice and shared experience.’ 

In 2023, Michael was made a Fellow of the Association of British Paediatric Nurses (ABPN) ‘in recognition of an outstanding contribution as a clinical academic to the care of children, young people and their families through your work in community and palliative care nursing and research.’ 

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 babies, 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). 

A series of projects, designed to answer ‘What are the benefits and barriers to family-centred perinatal advance care planning from the perspective of professionals involved in the care of neonates and infants with life limiting conditions?’, co-produced with Megan Fisher (Assistant Professor, UoB) and practitioners from Martin House Children's Hospice. These include:

  • a meta-ethnography, exploring the experience of parents whose baby is diagnosed antenatally with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition
  • a national survey, exploring the role of British children’s hospices in the provision of perinatal palliative care and advance care planning
  • an exploration of professional experience and perspectives of perinatal advance care planning, using focus groups. 

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, Advanced Level Nursing Credential
  • 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),
  • University Research Ethics Committee,
  • 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
  • 01-JAN-21: HM The Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service Award

  • 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: Professional Lead for Children and Young People's Nursing

  • 01-JUN-15: Care Quality Commission -

Publications

TitleNasogastric tube safety in children cared for in the community: a re-examination of the evidence base (2024)
AuthorsTatterton, M.; Mulcahy, J.; Mankelow, J.; Harding, M.; Scrace, J.; Fisher, M.; Bethell, C.
JournalNursing children and young people
PublisherRCNi
DOIhttps://doi.10.7748/ncyp.2023.e1493
 
TitleEditorial: Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater: preserving children’s undergraduate nurse education in the move towards genericism in nursing (2024)
AuthorsTatterton, M.J.; Carey, M.C.; Hyde, R.; Hewitt, C.
JournalJournal of Child Health Care
PublisherSage Journals
 
TitleThe role of children’s hospices in supporting the implementation of perinatal palliative care and advance care planning in the United Kingdom (2023)
AuthorsMichael Tatterton
JournalEvidence-based nursing
 
TitleExperiences of newly registered nurses transitioning from nursing student to registered nurse: a qualitative systematic review. (2023)
AuthorsBrady J;Tatterton MJ;
JournalEvidence-based nursing
DOI10.1136/ebnurs-2023-103784
 
TitleRole of children's hospices in supporting the implementation of perinatal palliative care and advance care planning in the UK. (2023)
AuthorsTatterton MJ;
JournalEvidence-based nursing
DOI10.1136/ebnurs-2023-103889
 
Title‘You have a little human being kicking inside you and an unbearable pain of knowing there will be a void at the end’: a meta-ethnography exploring the experience of parents whose baby is diagnosed antenatally with a life limiting or life-threatening condition (2023)
AuthorsTatterton, MJ; Fisher, MJ
JournalPalliative Medicine
PublisherSage Publications
DOI10.1177/02692163231172244
 
TitleChild and family experiences of a whole-systems approach to physical activity in a multiethnic UK city: a citizen science evaluation protocol. (2023)
AuthorsFrazer M;Seims A;Tatterton MJ;Lockyer B;Bingham D;Barber S;Daly-Smith A;Hall J;
JournalBMJ Open
DOI10.1136/bmjopen-2022-069334
 
TitleThe role of children’s hospices in perinatal palliative care and advance care planning: the results of a national British survey (2022)
AuthorsTatterton, MJ; Fisher, MJ; Storton, H; Walker, C.
JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
PublisherWiley
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1111/jnu.12866
 
TitleThe role and experiences of responders attending the sudden or unexpected death of a child: a systematic review and meta-synthesis (2022)
AuthorsTatterton, MJ; Scholes, S; Henderson, S; Croucher, F and Gibson, C
JournalIllness Crisis and Loss
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1177/10541373221075300
 
TitleTeam based learning and nurse education: a systematic review (2022)
AuthorsTatterton, MJ and Fisher, MJ
JournalEvidence-based nursing
PublisherBMJ
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1136/ebnurs-2022-103595
 
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
 
TitleMoving and handling children after death: an inductive thematic analysis of the factors that influence decision-making by children’s hospice staff (2021)
AuthorsTatterton, MJ., Honour, A., Kirkby, L. and Billington, D
JournalJournal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing
PublisherLippincott Wolters Kluwer
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 

TitleDo we need nursing models? (2023)
AuthorsMichael Tatterton and Kieran Manchester
JournalNew notes on nursing models
PublisherElsevier
 
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
 

Publication NameRoyal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Conference 2021 (2021)
AuthorsMathai, M et al.
 

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