Barbara Elliott

Barbara E Elliott

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Health Sciences

01482 464518

Barbara Elliott was awarded a PhD from the University of Hull and MSc and BNurs degrees from the University of Manchester. She worked clinically as a children’s nurse before commencing her academic career.

She teaches on pre-registration undergraduate nursing programmes focusing on child health, children’s nursing and research methods. She also supervises Masters and PhD students.

Barbara has conducted research into enteral feeding and was principal investigator on a cross-faculty NIHR funded project to develop a new nasogastric tube. Her other research interests include children with chronic illness and family-centred care.


Research Interests

  • Children's nursing

  • Chronic illness in childhood

  • Parents' experiences of caring for a sick child

  • Enteral feeding

Research groups

  • National Institute for Health Research, Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme: principal investigator from 2011 to 2016 on a cross-faculty, multidisciplinary research project to develop a location-indicating nasogastric tube. The invention is protected by PCT (international) Patent Application (filed June 2007) and UK Patent Application (filed June 2006).

  • Received local and national funding to conduct research with children and families exploring the impact of childhood chronic illness on family life and physical activity in school-aged children.

  • Member of an international group of children's nurses looking at family and child-centred care across the globe.


Elliott B and Draper P, 'Establishing an Effective Model of Public Involvement in the Design and Development of a New Medical Device', Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, RCSI 36th Annual International Nursing and Midwifery Research and Education Conference, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin (2017)

Elliott B, Shields L, Schoenleber M, Wadhawan J, Greenman J and MacFie J, 'From Bench to Bedside: the Development of a Location-Indicating Nasogastric Tube', 3rd Biennial Australian Capital Region Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre Conference, Canberra, Australia (2014)

Arabiat D, Elliott B E and Draper P, 'The Prevalence of Depression in Pediatric Oncology Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy Treatment in Jordan', Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 29(5) 283–288 (2012)

Arabiat D, Elliott B E, Draper P and Al Jabery M, 'Cross-Cultural Validation of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ 4.0 (PedsQL™) Generic Core Scale into Arabic Language', Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 25; 828–833 (2011)

Elliott B E, Callery P, and Mould J, 'Chronic Illness and the Family', pp 675-689 in Glasper E A and Richardson J (eds), A Textbook of Children’s and Young People’s Nursing, 2nd edn (Elsevier Science, 2010)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (Associate Practitioner)

  • Aspects of Child and Family Health

BSc Nursing (Child)

  • Meeting the Longer-Term Health Needs of Children

  • Safe and Competent Children's Nursing

  • Manual Handling (all BSc Nursing programmes)

MSc Health Studies

  • Dissertation supervision

Research PhDs

Dr Elliott offers PhD supervision in areas including children's nursing, child health, experiences of children, parents and families, experiences of practitioners working with children, and enteral feeding.

Completed PhDs

Barker W, Intermediate Care and Quality of Life: A Mixed Methods Evaluation (2009), University of Hull, jointly supervised with Professor Peter Draper.

Arabiat D, Quality of Life and Psychological Distress in Jordanian Children With Cancer (2008), University of Hull, jointly supervised with Professor Peter Draper.

Oroviogoicoechea C, A Realistic Evaluation of the Impact of a Computerised Information System on Clinical Practice: the Nurses’ Perspective (2007), University of Sheffield, jointly supervised with Professor Roger Watson.

Current PhD supervisions 

Social Work Practitioners' Experiences with Abused Children through the Saudi Arabian Child Protection System

The Lived Experiences of Repeat Pregnancy among Adolescent Mothers in Thailand

Evaluation of a School-Based Programme to Enhance Emotional Wellbeing in Primary School Children

Lived Experience of Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Sultanate of Oman

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (PGCHE)

  • Manual Handling Trainer

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BNurs, University of Manchester, 1983

  • MSc, University of Manchester, 1994

  • PhD, University of Hull, 2015

External roles

  • Maintains links with clinical practice through student and mentor support and assessment

  • Has held positions as external examiner at a number of universities; currently external examiner at London South Bank University and the University of Manchester

  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing Midwifery and Indigenous Health, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

Awards and accolades

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council, PIN – 79J2999E

  • Registered General Nurse (RGN), University of Manchester (198)

  • Registered Sick Children's Nurse (RSCN), University of Salford (1986)

Professional highlights

  • Awarded prize for best oral presentation at 3rd Biennial Australian Capital Region Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre Conference, Canberra, Australia (2014)

  • Finalist in the Universal Biotech Innovation Awards (2013)

  • Finalist of the Medipex NHS Innovation Awards for project to develop a location-indicating nasogastric tube (2013)