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Dr Sue Neilson

Senior Lecturer (Child Field)

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542754


PhD (University of Birmingham).

MSc (Cancer Care).

BSc (Hons) Health Studies.

Diploma in Professional Studies Nursing (District Nursing).

Registered Sick Children’s Nurse.

Registered General Nurse.

ENB 240 (Paediatric oncology) and 998 (Teaching and learning).

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


Paediatric palliative and bereavement care.
Pain and symptom management at end of life.
Researching sensitive issues.
Qualitative research methods.
Q methodology


Sue’s research focuses on paediatric palliative, end of life and bereavement care.

Current and recent grants

01.11.2011 Clinical Lectureship additional research grant (£39969.39). Department of Health.
01.03.2010 NIHR/CNO Clinical Lectureship. Department of Health.
01.08.2002 The University of Birmingham Primary Care Research and Trials Unit PhD Competitive Bursary (£15000).

Research supervision

Sue has experience supervising both undergraduate and post-graduate research projects and examining doctoral viva voce.

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

Paediatric oncology

Paediatric palliative care

Bereavement support

Community nursing



Neilson S.J., Gibson F., Greenfield S. (2015) Pediatric oncology palliative care: Experiences of general practitioners and bereaved parents. Paediatric Palliative Care and Medicine 5:214. DOI: 10.4172/2165-7386.1000214.

Flanagan S., Greenfield S., Coad J., Neilson S. (2015) An Exploration of the data collection methods utilised with children, teenagers and Young people (CTYPs). BMC Research Notes 8:16 DOI 10.1186/s13104-015-1018-y.

Neilson S., Kai J., MacArthur C., Greenfield S.M. (2013) Using social worlds theory to explore influences on community nurses’ experiences of providing out of hours paediatric palliative care. Journal of Research in Nursing, 18 (5): 443-456.

Neilson S, Kai J, MacArthur C., Greenfield S.M. (2011) Caring for children dying from cancer at home: a qualitative study of the experience of primary care practitioners. Family Practice, Oct 28 (5):545-53.

Neilson S., Kai J., MacArthur C., Greenfield S. (2010). “Developing and maintaining palliative care knowledge and skills: The experience of community children's nurses”. Paediatric Nursing, 22(3): 31-36.

The West Midlands Paediatric Macmillan Team (2005). “Palliative Care for the Child with Malignant Disease”. London: Quay Books, MA.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Birmingham Children’s Hospital Palliative and Bereavement Research Interest Group (Chair).

West Midland Paediatric Palliative Care Network Research sub-group (member).