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Michelle Ellis

Senior Lecturer

School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing

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MG18, Myddelton Street Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Michelle is a Senior Lecturer in Child Health who joined City University London in 1997. She previously worked in the NHS in Children's Nursing and Adult/General Nursing at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and St Georges Hospital.

Michelle initially worked in the NHS in a variety of staff nurse and sister's clinical nursing posts. She has studied at Surrey University where she completed her MSc in Applied professional studies in Education and Training. Her qualitative study focussed on the role of the link lecturer in clinical practice. Her BSc from Hull University was a qualitative study on the factors which affect immunisation uptake. Michelle has undertaken many roles within City University London including being a former Head of Children's Nursing, professional lead, programme director roles and has been seconded to an NHS Trust as Practice Lead for Adult and Child area.

Her main area of work has been in practice development and children's, adolescent and adult nursing. She has a particular interest in mentorship, relationship centred care, caring, patient centred practice and the health needs of children and young people. Michelle is particularly passionate about adolescent health and has been chair or lead for national adolescent groups over the years.

Michelle has undertaken research regarding young people accessing sexual health services. A small research study was undertaken in 2007 in relation to young people accessing sexual health services. This research was undertaken as part of a Research Award which enabled an exploratory study, linked to, and drawing on a larger TPU/DoH funded study of protective and risk factors related to teenage pregnancy in East London; (Jayakody et al, 2005; Sinha et al 2006).This larger mixed method study with the quantitative data collected through RELACHS, a longitudinal study on young people in East London, and the qualitative study It's My Life, collecting data through focus groups, individual interviews and an exploratory web-based method.


MSc Education, BSc Nursing, Dip Nursing, RSCN, RGN and RNT.

Administrative roles

  1. Practice Lead, strategic overview of all practice components of the BSc and Pg Dip programme for Children's Nursing
  2. MSc Programme Director for Advanced Practice Programme Health and Social Care (Child)


  1. Senior Lecturer in Child Health, City, University London, 1997 – present

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. Association of Young People Health ; RCN ; NMC


  1. . (2011) Teaching Award for development of Simulated Practice for Children's Nursing Programme


Research Overview

- Adolescent Health issues
- Assessing and supporting students in practice

Research Centre

Centre for Maternal and Child Health


Development of a booklet for young people following research regarding understanding the needs and supporting young people with sickle cell disease during transition from Children's to Adult Services (2012-2013)
Roald Dahl's Marvellous charity/Burdett Trust- December 2011 funding to research and develop an information package for young people with Sickle Cell Disease, with Bart's Health approximately (£7500)

Present Project- Research regarding Understanding the needs and supporting young people with Sickle Cell disease during transition from Children to Adult Services.

- To identify the transition needs of young people with Sickle Cell Disease
- To meet the needs of young people by developing a nurse-led information and support service that will enable a smooth transition from childhood to adult services.


Dr Janice Christie (City University London)
Kim Newell (Bart's Health)
Aldine Thomas (Bart's Health)


Journal articles (4)

  1. Foster, N. and Ellis, M. (2018). Sickle cell anaemia and the experiences of young people living with the condition. Nursing Children and Young People, 30(3), pp. 36–43. doi:10.7748/ncyp.2018.e935.
  2. Ellis, M. and Jayarajah, C. (2016). Adolescents’ view and experiences of living with type 1 diabetes. Nursing Children and Young People, 28(6), pp. 28–34. doi:10.7748/ncyp.2016.e727.
  3. Ellis, M.R.C. and Kell, B. (2014). Development, delivery and evaluation of a team building project. Leadership in Health Services, 27(1), pp. 51–66. doi:10.1108/LHS-06-2012-0022.
  4. Ellis, M.R.C. and Cole, A. (2011). Crohn's Disease in Children and Adolescents. Gastrointestinal Nursing, 9(1), pp. 41–46.



Modules taught on:

- HS1011 Foundations of relationship centred Practice
- HS1021 Developing Relationship Centred Practice in Professional Practice
- HS1001 Engaging in Practice 1
- HS1002 Introducing Clinical Practice
- HS2001 Engaging in Practice 2
- HS2002 Developing Clinical Practice
- HS3001 Engaging in Practice 3
- HS3002 Simulated Practice: Managing Complex care
- HS3003 Simulated Practice: Preparation for Registration
- HSM101 Introducing Clinical Practice
- HSM201 Practice Experience 2
- HSM301 Practice Experience 3
- NM1704 Building Professional Nursing Knowledge
- NM1726 An Introduction to Practice Knowledge and skills
- NM1729 Introduction to Delivery of Professional Care
- NM2770 Delivery of Professional Care in the Wider Context
- NM3741 Developing Professional Autonomy


Supervising students undertaking research related to adherence to treatment for children and adolescents with Sickle cell disease and Diabetes Mellitus.

Other Activities

Clinical activity

  1. Lead role for all child placements and link lecturer in the Paediatric ward, HDU, Adult and Paediatric A&E, Adult and Children's Theatres and Out Patient Department, Bart's Health at Newham University Hospital