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Meet the team

Dr Bridget Johnston - Consultant Editor PhD, BN(HONS), PGCE(FE), RGN

Bridget JohnstonBridget qualified as a nurse from St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London before undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing (honours) degree in nursing at the University of Wales, College of Medicine (Cardiff). She completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education while in Cardiff.

Bridget has a clinical, educational and research background in palliative care. She was a Macmillan Nurse Teacher in Cambridge then moved to Scotland where she was a Lecturer at Strathcarron Hospice in Scotland for 11 years. She helped establish and run the first Postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Nursing in Scotland at the University of Glasgow during this time. She graduated with her PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2002 on nurses’ and patients’ perceptions of expert palliative nursing. She was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship from Medical Research Scotland and worked as a senior research fellow at the University of Stirling from 2006-2010. She joined the University of Dundee in April 2010 and remained there until December 2013, when she was awarded a Professorship in Palliative and Supportive Care at the Sue Ryder Care Centre for the Study of Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care at the University of Nottingham.

Bridget was chair of the Palliative Care Research Society from 2008-2011 and was Chair of Palliative Care Congress in 2012.

Bridget practises Dignity Therapy, which is a unique individualised brief psychotherapy, developed by Professor Harvey Chochinov for the purpose of relieving distress and enhancing the end-of-life experiences of terminally ill patients.


Craig Nicholson - Editor

Craig NicholsonCraig graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2006 with a degree in Biochemistry and was formerly the Copy Editor of Nature Reviews Neuroscience.


Editorial board


Donna Drew - Clinical Nurse Consultant, Paediatric Oncology/Palliative Care, Prince of Wales Children's Hospital, New South Wales

Kate White - Professor Cancer Nursing, Cancer Nursing Research Unit, Sydney Nursing School, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, The University of Sydney


Anna Garchakova - Director of The Belarusian Children's Hospice, Belarus


Tine de Vliegar - General Coordinator, Palliatieve Hulpverlening Antwerpen, University of Antwerp


Philip Larkin - Professor of Clinical Nursing (Palliative Care) School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems and Our Lady's Hospice Ltd, Health Sciences Centre, University of College Dublin, Ireland

Julie Ling - HRB Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, Dublin

Hong Kong

Cecilia Chan - Professor and Director, Centre of Behavioural Health, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Nothern Ireland

Sonja McIlfatrick - Reader, Institute of Nursing Research, University of Ulster; Head of Research, All Ireland Institute of Hospice & Palliative Care


Julia Downing - Honorary Professor in Palliative Care, Makerere University, Kampala

United Kingdom

John Costello - Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester

Bridget Johnston - Reader in Palliative Care, University of Dundee, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dundee

Daniel Kelly - Royal College of Nursing Professor of Nursing Research, Cardiff University

Diane Laverty - Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care, St Joseph's Hospice, London

Carole Mula - Macmillan Nurse Consultant in Adult Palliative Care, Christie Hospital NHS Trust and North Manchester Primary Care Trust, Manchester

Brian Nyatanga - Macmillan Senior Lecturer, University of Worcester

Julie Skilbeck - Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University

Dion Smyth - Lecturer-practitioner in Cancer and Palliative Care, University of Central England, Birmingham

Anna-Marie Stevens - Macmillan Nurse Consultant in Cancer, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London

United States

Jennifer Baird - Doctoral Candidate, Department of Family Health Care Nursing, National Institute of Nursing Research NRSA Fellow, University of California, San Francisco

Patricia H. Berry - Associate Professor and Associate Director, University of Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, University of Utah College of Nursing