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Clifford Richardson, BSc (Hons), AUS, RGN, MSc, PG Cert (HE), PhD


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NICE - Adoption and Impact Programme Reference Panel member for Pain related topics

NIHR reviewer on RfPB programme

External Examiner for Keele University MSc Advancing Professinal Practice (2011-2015)

External Examiner for Nottingham University MNursSci (2009-13)


FBMH Neuroscience and mental health research domain

BNurs Programme Director - commenced Aug 2014

Senior academic advisor - postgraduate student experience lead for the School (2011-14)

Member of School Educational Innnovations and Scholarship Unit (EdInaS)

Lead for 2nd year BNurs Nursing Therapeutics Unit

Division representative on University lecture capture initiative

Divisional Lead for Primary Care Division (2009-10)

School representative on University wide Internet Access Committee (charged with delivering internet access to teaching rooms across the University) 2007-2009

Chair of School Problem based learning staff development group (2004-2008)


Born Feb 28th, 1961 in Romford, Essex, UK.

Auxiliary Nurse, Bethnal Green Hospital London, UK 1980

Graduated  Universityof Surrey 1984 BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (medical) including sandwich year at National Poisons Unit Guys/New Cross Hospital London, UK. Project associated with industrial year was about the assay of commonly ingested drugs. Passed and awarded Associate of the University of Surrey (AUS)

RGN training 1985-1988. Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith, London, UK

MSc Nursing Studies. University of Manchester, UK. Thesis entitles 'Nurses knowledge and use of pain management techniques.' 1995.

Post-Graduate Certificate of education in learning and teaching in higher education. Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK. 2002.

PhD completed 2004. Thesis entitled 'Factors associated with the management of phantom limb pain and other post-amputation phenomena.'

Supervisors Professor Sheila Glenn (Liverpool John Moores University) and Professor Turo Nurmikko (Pain research institute/Walton Centre for neurology and neurosurgery and Liverpool University).

Examiners. Professor Kate Seers (Oxford) Professor Kate Niven (Stirling) and Dr Anne Whyte (Liverpool John Moores).

Nursing experience

Emergency surgical admissions ward. Charing Cross Hospital, UK.

Cardiothoracic surgery including HDU and Transplantation. Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, UK

General surgery, Royal Bolton Hospital, Bolton, UK

5 day surgery

Acute pain audit nurse. Seconded

Acute pain nurse. 1993-99

Pain research fellowship joint appointment between Pain Relief Foundation and Liverpool John Moores University. 1999-2004.

Joined University of Manchester as a lecturer 2004

Promoted to Senior Lecturer 2014

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Phantom limb pain
  • Predictors for phantom limb pain development
  • Psychosocial aspects of pain
  • Pain in critical limb ischaemia
  • Pain in pancreatitis
  • Wound pain
  • Adherence
  • Patient education


  • Pain
  • Pain management
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Chronic disease management
  • Wounds
  • Pancreatitis
  • Adherence
  • Patient education


I currently teach:

The anatomy and physiology of pain

The biopsychosocial aspects of pain

Acute pain assessment and management

Chronic pain assessment and management

Pain in the emergency department

The continuing education Pain Management Unit utilisies an e-learning approach with problem-based learning as the underpinning learning philosophy.

I lead the BNurs 2nd Year Unit called 'Nursing Therapeutics'. This explores the therapeutic aspects of nursing as investigated through common nursing interventions. It uses enquiry based learning and incorporates seminars and lectures and on-line support.

My collaborations

I collaborate with Central Manchester NHS Trust

I collaborate with the Specialist Ability Centre Manchester - University Hospital South Manchester Foundation Trust

I have worked with Molnlycke Healthcare

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

NICE - Adoption and Impact Programme Reference Panel member for Pain related topics

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

RCN palliative care and pain forum

Division of Nursing Midwifery and Social Work Educational Innovations and Scholarship Unit

Education lead for APNIA (regional pain nurses group)

Methodological knowledge

I have a working knowledge in the following research areas:

  • Cohort studies
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Randomised control trials/experimental studies
  • Systematic reviews/Evidence based practice

I have specific knowledge in the use of the following tools.

  • McGill Pain Questionnaire (short form)
  • Pain coping strategies questionnaire
  • Roland disability scale
  • SF-36
  • Neuropathic pain scale
  • Hospital anxiety and depression scale


BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (medical) 1984.  University of Surrey

RGN 1988. Charing Cross Hospital School of Nursing

MSc. Nursing studies 1995. University of Manchester.

PG Cert in learning and teaching in higher education 2002. Liverpool John Moores University

PhD 2004. Liverpool John Moores University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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