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Dr Brian Nyatanga

Senior Lecturer, Applied Professional Studies

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 85 5381

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Specialist Teaching Areas

Philosophy and practice of palliative care

Quality of life – improving patient experience

Labour of caring and burnout

Psychosocial issues

Assessment strategies including principles of pain and symptom control

Loss, grief and bereavement

Sexuality and intimacy

Cultural competence

Research methods, both quantitative and qualitative topics and run my own module at master’s level

Introduced the philosophy of Phenomenology to undergraduate (level 6) study, and also teach it at Masters level 7

Teaching overseas

Teaching through tutorials from undergraduate to postgraduate studies


Specialist Research Areas

My research interests lie in the areas of palliative care like death anxiety, burnout, survivorship and cultural competence and quality of life. I am planning to develop a national and international research profile in these areas. I am currently undertaking a small scale research project to understand the impact of complimentary therapy on patient well-being. I am currently seeking funding to investigate the psychological impact on those who ‘survive cancer and end up living with or beyond their cancer. One objective is to understand their coping strategies used and what else could be helpful. My strategy is to ensure that any research I undertake can demonstrate clinical relevance and impact on palliative care patients and their carers

Research Interests

Death anxiety and burnout among palliative care nurses      

Professional Interests

Palliative End of Life Care, death anxiety, psychology of death and dying, research methods

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Member of the Royal College of Nursing

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the National Council for Palliative Care

Registrant with the Nursing and Midwifery Council

Member of the Research Knowledge and Transfer Committee at the University of Worcester

Member of the Education Management Committee – Worcestershire

Chair of the Annual Worcestershire Palliative Care Conference (2009 - 2013)

Editorial board member for the International Journal of Palliative Nursing since 1999

Editorial board member for the British Journal of Community Nursing

Write monthly column on palliative care in the British Journal of Community Nursing

Member of The Palliative Care Research Society  

Other memberships

Chair of Trustees, Zimbabwe Brain Tumour Association

Trustee board member – Nurses Reaching Out – NGO

Professional Expertise

Accredited advanced communication skills facilitator using trained professional actors and actresses

Supervisor for Masters’ students dissertations

Trained Supervisor and examiner - PhD degree students

Accredited facilitator for the Leadership Qualities Framework (2005 - 2010)

Editor, Quay Books Palliative Care series

Developed the Palliative Care Book Series with Quay books publishing. Then for 8years (2001-2009), I commissioned and edited palliative care books in this series.

Publish books, book chapters, editorials, commentaries and articles in nursing press



Selected publications – last decade 

Invited oresentations and activities

12/08/2015 Visiting lecture: Investigating Death Anxiety and Burnout among Palliative Care Nurses. Edith Cowan University Research Interest Group, Perth, Western Australia 

12/08/2015 Visiting lecture: Better palliative care through compassion: A UK professional conversation. Omega Research Group, Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia

4/08/2015 Visiting lecture: Investigating Death Anxiety and Burnout among Palliative Care Nurses. University of Melbourne, Centre for Palliative Care, St Vincent Hospital. Victoria, Australia

18/06/2015 Key Note Address: Delivering better options in palliative care. 5th
Annual conference for Palliative care: Considering all the options. Independent Association for Nurses in Palliative Care. Manchester UK

23/09/2014 Pioneering palliative care Research: Driving Development in End of Life Care, Education and the Workforce. Royal Society of Medicine, Inside Government Forum. Wimpole, Central London

16/05/2014 Improving patient experience through the Centre for Palliative Care. College of Post Graduate Medical Education. Charles Hastings. Worcester Royal Hospital

10/2013 Innovations in Palliative Care (opening address), and then chaired the conference. Forest Hills Hotel, Frodsham, Cheshire, UK

01/2013 The development of Burnout. Clinical health care specialists at Heart of England Foundation Trust and Good Hope Hospital

12/2012 The development of Burnout. Presentation to Marie Curie Hospice multi-disciplinary staff. Solihull, Birmingham

11/2012 Addressing under-utilisation of palliative care services by Black and Minority Ethnic Communities. Palliative care conference, Science Park, Wolverhampton

09 to10/2012 Presented 4 dissemination seminars on my Doctoral thesis across the West Midlands.

09/2012 Chaired concurrent research papers presentation. European Doctoral Conference of Nursing Science. Graz, Austria

06/2012 Cultural Competence in End of life care. Oral presentation to Hospice Managers Forum West Midlands. Birmingham, UK

05/2012 Development of Burnout. Seminar presentation to Clinical Health Care Specialists in West Midlands

11/2007 Key Note Address “The Changing Face of Palliative Care Education” and then Chaired the Conference “Blurred Horizons” Beeston, Cheshire UK

05/2007 Presenter: Death anxiety and Burnout in palliative care nurses. Birmingham City University Faculty Research Conference
12/2006 3 day presentations Leadership qualities framework


Nicol, J., Nyatanga, B. (2017 target) Palliative and End of Life Care in Nursing. 2nd Edition, Sage, London

Nicol, J., Nyatanga, B. (2014 in Print) Palliative and End of Life Care for Nursing students. Sage, London

Nyatanga B. (2008) Why is it so difficult to die? 2nd edition, Quay Books. London.

Searle, L. & Work Based learning in Cancer and Palliative care. Nyatanga, B. (2006) Quay Books. Wiltshire

Nyatanga, B. & Astley-Pepper, M. (2005) The Hidden Aspects in Palliative Care. Quay Books, London.

Nyatanga, B (2001) Why is it so difficult to die? Quay Books, Wiltshire.

Chapters in books

Nyatanga, B (in print) At a glance, homelessness and palliative care. Wiley (2015)

Nyatanga, B. (2013) Burning a light or Burning out? In (ed) Gilbert, P. Spirituality and end of life care. Hove, Pavilion Publishers

Nyatanga, L., Nyatanga, B. (2011) On Death and Dying, in Birchenall, P., Adams, N. (Eds) The Nursing Companion. Chapter 11. Palgrave

Nyatanga, B. (2005) Adapting to Death and Bereavement. In Faull C. Carter Y. & Daniels, L. (eds) Handbook of Palliative Care. 2nd edition. Blackwell Science. Oxford

Faull, C. Nyatanga B. (2005) Terminal Care & Dying. In Faull C. Carter Y. & Daniels, L. (2005)(eds) Handbook of Palliative Care. 2nd edition. Blackwell Science Oxford.

Woof, R., Nyatanga, B. (1998) Adapting to Death, Dying and Bereavement. In (Eds) Faull, Carter and Woof. Handbook of Palliative Care. Blackwell Science, Oxford

Monthly Palliative Care Column

Nyatanga, B. (2015) Decision making in palliative and end of life care. BJCN 20(9)
Nyatanga, B. (2015) Dying at home, reconciling with family wishes. BJCN, 20(8)
Nyatanga, B. (2015) What about dignity: a professional discussion. BJCN 20(7)
Nyatanga, B. (2015) Engaging in reminiscence with palliative care patients. BJCN 20(6)
Nyatanga, B. (2015) Dying matters: you asked, I answered. BJCN 20(5)
Nyatanga, B. (2015) Using complementary therapies in palliative care. BJCN 20(4)
Nyatanga, B. (2015) Knowledge of impending death and its effect on quality of dying BNJCN 20(3)
Nyatanga, B. (2015) The challenges of dying lessons for palliative care. BJCN 20(2)
Nyatanga, B. (2015) Buffering burnout among staff in palliative care: a pledge for 2015. BJCN 20(1)
Nyatanga, B. (2014) Does humour have a place in palliative care? BJCN 19(4)
Nyatanga, B. (2014) Sexuality in palliative care: more than sex. BJCN 19(3)
Nyatanga, B. (2014) Relationships between community nurses and other health-care professionals BJCN 19(2)
Nyatanga, B. (2014) Palliative care in the community: reflections from 2013. BJCN. 19(1)
Nyatanga, B. (2013) Putting a principle of palliative care into the community/ BJCN 18(12)
Nyatanga, B. (2013) Improving palliative care through person-centred care. BJCN 18(11)
Nyatanga, B. (2013) Attitudes to death: a time to pose difficult questions. BJCN 18(10)
Nyatanga, B. (2013) Transition from paediatric to adult palliative care: more than a physical change. BJCN 18(9)
Nyatanga, B. (2013 Managing competing philosophies with palliative care. BJCN 18(8)
Nyatanga, B. (2013 Empathy in palliative care: a biological inheritance. BJCN 18(7)
Nyatanga, B. (2013 Bringing compassion back into caring: an equation of reciprocation. BJCN 18(6)
Nyatanga, B. (2013 Reforming the NHS: an opportunity for palliative care in the community? BJCN 18(5)
Nyatanga, B. (2013 Dying matters awareness week: refocusing on sensitivities of dying. BJCN 18(4)
Nyatanga, B. (2013 The impact of out-of-hours service provision on end-of-life care. BJCN 18(3)
Nyatanga, B. (2013 Is educating community nurses about end-of-life care a waste of resources? BJCN 18(2)
Nyatanga, B. (2013) Survivorship: psychological impact on altered quality of life. BJCN, 18(1)
Nyatanga, B. (2012) Researching Palliative care: More than patient recruitment and data collection. BJCN 17(12)
Nyatanga, B. (2012) Black History Month: Reflecting Black Minority Ethnic contribution to Palliative care. BJCN 17(11). November 2012
Nyatanga, B. (2012) Is there room at the Inn: palliative care for homeless people. BJCN. Vol. 17(10), October 2012
Nyatanga, B. (2012) Are GPs ready to talk about death and dying? BJCN. Vol 17(9). September 2012
Nyatanga, B. (2012) Communicating with dying patients: a time to listen more than talk. BJCN. Vol. 17(8) August 2012
Nyatanga, B. (2012) Inside the mind of a relative at the end of life. BJCN. 17(7). 28th June 2012
Nyatanga, B. (2012) Making a difference through QELCA: engaging community nurses in caring. BJCN Vol. 17, Iss 6, 31 May 2012, pp 285
Nyatanga, B. (2012) From bowel habits to sexuality: the taboos of caring in palliative care. BJCN Vol. 17, Iss. 5, 04 May 2012, pp 210 - 21
Nyatanga, B. (2012) Caring about Culture (Editorial). BJCN. 17(4) March 2012.
Nyatanga, B. (2012) Looking after everyone else except yourself: the double edged sword of caring. BJCN 17(2): 109 February 2012
Nyatanga, B. (2012) Enabling patients to die at home: hidden tensions and barriers. BJCN, Vol. 17(1). January 2012
Nyatanga, B. (2012) Enabling patients to die at home: hidden tensions and barriers. Comment. BJCN 17(1) January 2012
Nyatanga, B. (2011) End of life care in the community: attaining a critical balance. Comment: BJCN 16(10): 504

Editorials and articles 

Nyatanga, B. (in print) Thoughts from a death tree (2015)
Nyatanga, B. (2015) Developing palliative care globally: facing the challenge. IJPN 21(7): 317-18
Nyatanga, B. (2014) A Century of pathologising grief and bereavement. IJPN 20(7)
Nyatanga, B. (2013 Empathy in palliative care: is it possible to understand the other person. IJPN, 19(10)
Nyatanga, B. (2012) Survivorship: the need to assess the effects of an altered life. Editorial, IJPN 18(12)
Nyatanga, B. (2012) In search of alternative ways of dying. Editorial. IJPN Vol. 18(7). July 2012
Idigbe, I.E., Nyatanga, B. Nicol, J. (2012) Touching Lives: Making a difference through match making in an HIV clinic. IJPN 18(2): 56-60. February 2012
Nyatanga, B. (2011) Reaching Out: Doing ‘good’ in the name of Palliative Care. Editorial, IJPN 15(6) June 2011
Nyatanga, B. (2011) The pursuit of cultural competence: Service accessibility and acceptability. IJPN 17(5) p: 212-215
Nyatanga, B (2010) Talking openly about death and dying. Editorial, IJPN 16(6)
Nyatanga, B. (2010) Survivorship: living with and beyond Cancer. Editorial, IJPN 16(2)
Nyatanga, B. (2009) A passage to Switzerland. Editorial. IJPN. 15(7)
Nyatanga, B. (2009) Are your shoe laces shortening? Editorial. IJPN 15(2)De Vocht, H.,
De Vocht, H.M., Nyatanga, B. (2008) Patientenwille muss an erster Stelle stehen. Pflegezeitschrift, 12, 682-685. (translation into German from an English publication on request)
Nyatanga, B. (2008) Cultural competence; A noble idea in a changing world; Editorial. IJPN 14(7)
Nyatanga B. (2008) Intuition in clinical decision-making: a psychological De Vocht, H.M. penumbra IJPN 14(10) 492-496
Costello J. Nyatanga B. Mula C. Hull J. (2008) The benefits and drawbacks of syringe drivers in palliative care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing 14: 3, 139-144
Nyatanga, B. (2007) Allowing the voice in writing. Editorial IJPN July 2007. 13 (7) p308
De Vocht, H. & Health professionals’ resistance to euthanasia and Nyatanga, B. (2007) assisted suicide: a personal view. Commentary. IJPN. 13 (7) p351-358
Nyatanga, B. (2007) What’s in store for Palliative Care Education. Paper presented as key note address at the Higher Education Academy Conference. Cheshire, UK. Now posted on
Nyatanga, B. & Towards a definition of death anxiety. IJPN 12(9) de Vocht, H. (2006) p260-263
Nyatanga, B. (2006) Is Palliative care education in its terminal phase? Editorial. IJPN. 12(7). July 2006
Nyatanga, B. (2005) Is fear of death itself a rational preoccupation? IJPN Commentary, 11(12) p643-645
Nyatanga, B. (2005) Do pilot studies have any value in research? Editorial, IJPN 11(7) July 2005
Nyatanga, B. (2004) Foreword in Bayliss, J. (2004) Counselling skills in palliative care. Quay Books. Wilts
Nyatanga, B. (2004) Breaking through; Improving equality in the NHS workforce. Editorial IJPN July 2004.

Congress Presentations

09/2014 Oral paper at the 20th International Congress of Palliative Care. Montreal, Canada. Sept 2014

Nyatanga, B. (2011) Relationship between caring, death anxiety and burnout among palliative care nurses. 12th EAPC Congress. Lisbon



External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

I have acted as an external examiner to other universities and I am currently working with Dundee University examining their BN Palliative Care and MSc Palliative Care programmes.

I am a reviewer with different journals on request and regularly with the International Journal of Palliative Nursing. I review selected palliative care books and publish my reviews in nursing journals.

I am asked to review conference abstract submissions by different organisers. Latest was judging entries for The International Journal of Palliative Nursing anual awards September 2015.

Panel member to re-validation of palliative care courses at degree and masters level with Gloucestershire University, Ulster University, University of Wolverhampton and Chester University.

I am asked to chair conferences on palliative care, and the latest being ‘Innovations in Palliative Care in October 2013.