Journal of Clinical Nursing and Practice

Dr Gregory P Bleakley RN

Dr Gregory P Bleakley RN, PhD
Professor, Department of Nursing
University of Manchester, England


His career in nursing started in 1996 as a student nurse, graduating in 1999 with a Diploma in Nursing. Over the following few years, he worked largely in acute areas of nursing including accident and emergency (ED), trauma and orthopaedics and critical care. He worked my way up to Charge Nurse in Intensive Care and developed an interest in organ donation and transplantation.

In January 2007, He was successfully appointed as a Band 8a Regional Donor Transplant Co-ordinator for the North West region based at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Initially, this was a dual role involving the care of patients on the waiting list for kidney / pancreas transplant. As a specialist nurse – organ donation, my role was to provide a high standard of end of life care to patients and their families. He was trained to facilitate all aspects of the organ donation process from advanced consent / communication, management of the patient in critical care and assisting with the organ retrieval in the operating theatre.

During my 8 year career in organ donation and transplantation, He worked with dynamic and caring professionals. He held the position of Education Lead for an 18 month period with the North West Organ Donation team, was the associate lead for the North West National Organ Retrieval Service, and held the position of reviewer for the Scientific Review Board (screening applications from scientists / companies requesting access to human tissue for their projects). During this time, He produced a peer reviewed scholarly article which focused on triggers for organ donation for critical care staff and presented the initiative at international organ donation congress in Berlin, Germany. He started in my doctorate whilst in clinical practice during 2012.

He was successfully appointed as a lecturer in adult nursing with the University of Manchester in March 2016. He teach predominantly on undergraduate units on the BNURS (Hons) programme. Additionally, He enact the role of academic advisor, BNURS dissertation supervisor and support the BNURS admissions and recruitment team. Currently He is the BNURS 2018 Cohort Lead and adult field lead for the Skills for Nursing unit. He is a registered nurse teacher and Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

He successfully completed my doctorate in nursing in June 2018. The doctoral research focused on critical care staff experiences of approaching relatives for organ donation. The D.Prof thesis was supervised by Dr Michelle Howarth and Professor Martin Johnson (University of Salford) and examined by Dr Gaynor Bagnall (University of Salford) and Professor Robert McSherry (external). 

Research Interest

He has research interest in Organ Donation and Transplantation, Care of the critically ill, End of Life Care and decisions to Withdraw Life-Sustaining Treatment, Medical ethics relating to organ donation, Breaking Bad News and Grief Response.