Mike Connolly is a Macmillan Nurse Consultant in Supportive and Palliative Care at University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust and a Senior Teaching Fellow at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University Of Manchester. Having worked in the fields of HIV/AIDS in London, in the late 1980s, and then in hospice care, he began working in hospital palliative care in 1993.
For many years he extended his clinical practice beyond the care of people with cancer. This has led to research and educational opportunities and an influence on national policy. A member of the National Council for Palliative Care for 7 years, Mike is now a national clinical lead for the NHS Improvement (Heart) on supportive and palliative care. Recently, he contributed to the national End of Life Care Strategy.
He was a participating researcher on the study of nurse led clinics for the management of breathlessness in lung cancer and established national training programmes for the management of breathlessness. His MPhil study examined supportive and palliative care in non-malignant disease.
His research interests include:
- Discharge preparation: Mike led the Discharge Preparation Study 2006-2008 at the Trust.
- Patient support groups in respiratory medicine.
- Telephone support for patients with lung cancer.
- Subcutaneous frusemide in end stage heart failure.
- Effectiveness of the SAGE & THYME training module in psychological support.