Dr Brian Nyatanga


Senior Lecturer, Applied Professional Studies

Department of Apprenticeships & CPD

Contact Details

email: b.nyatanga@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 85 5381

Brian completed his taught PhD at the University of Swansea in 2011 and was awarded Doctor of Nursing Science. This new way of learning is ideal as it offers academic development on a part time basis for people who are working in full time positions like Brian. His taught doctorate offered a comfortable balance between studying for a higher degree and full time work, which in turn was also positive to his health and being-well. Methodology lectures were most beneficial, as they were full of discussions about how to translate the philosophy into real world research. Brian now uses the knowledge that he gained when teaching and supervising both PhD and MSc students.

Brian likes lecturing on phenomenology as a research methodology. He also publishes in nursing journals as a way of disseminating information, challenging existing practice or thinking.

Brian is often asked to review journal articles submitted for publication, which gives him insight into the types of research people are conducting, while helping with peer review efforts for these journals.


  • Doctor of Nursing Science (University of Swansea)
  • HEA Senior Fellow in 2017
  • MSc in Advancing Practice (Birmingham City University)

Teaching & Research

Teaching interests

  • Palliative care topics to include psycho-social and cultural aspects of dying.
  • Loss, grief and bereavement.
  • The principle and practice of palliative care.
  • Research methodology - mainly qualitative methods
  • Advanced communication skills, both teaching students and training senior NHS staff
  • Run the MSc dissertation module (MACP4012) in health care
  • Supervise MSc and PhD students

Research interests

  • Using death cafes to teach 3rd year nursing students about death and Dying – Qualitative
  • Transforming empathy to empathetic practice amongst nursing and drama students. Qualitative Research in Drama Education
  • Patients experience of living with primary brain tumour – Qualitative
  • Complementary therapy in palliative care – Qualitative
  • LiSHoRe – Understanding psycho-spiritual needs of for ethnically diverse NHS staff in response to COVID-19 pandemic - Qualitative

Professional Bodies

  • RCN
  • NMC
  • Member of the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC)
  • Member of the Independent Association of Nurses in Palliative Care
  • Member of The Palliative Care Research Society


Recent Books and Chapters

Nicol, J., Nyatanga, B. (2017) Palliative and End of Life Care in Nursing. 2nd Edition, Sage, London

McLaughlin, D., Nyatanga, B. (2018)        Palliative care for homeless populations. In (Eds) Walshe, K., Preston, N., Johnston, B. Palliative Care Nursing: Principles and Evidence for Practice.  Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell.


Journal Articles

Biagioli, V., Nyatanga, B., Prandi, C., Fida, R. (2018) The role of professional competency in influencing job satisfaction and organisational citizenship behaviour among palliative care nurses. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing; Vol 20(4): 377 – 384. August 2018

Latham, K., Nyatanga, B. (2018) Community palliative care clinical nurse specialist as independent prescribers: part 1. British Journal of community nursing. 23(2): 94-98

Latham, K., Nyatanga, B. (2018) Community palliative care clinical nurse specialist as independent prescribers: part 2. British Journal of community nursing. 23(3): 126-133

Nyatanga, B., Cook, D., Goddard, A. (2018) A prospective research study to investigate the impact of complementary therapies on patient well-being in palliative care. Complementary therapies in Clinical Practice. 31: 118-125

Webb, W., Mitchell, T., Nyatanga, B., Snelling, P. (2020) Life is hard and then you die: the end-of-life priorities of people experiencing homelessness in the UK. IJPN 26(3) March 2020

Reeves, A.l., Nyatanga, B., Neilson, S.J. (2021)  Transforming empathy to  empathetic practice amongst nursing and drama students. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Theatre and Performance. DOI: 10.1080/13569783.2021.1876556 Published online 01 Feb 2021

Mitchell, T., Nyatanga, B., Lillyman, S., Bruce, M., Brayne, S. (2021).Using Death Cafes as a Method for Discussing Death and Dying with 3rd year Student Nurses: International Journal of palliative Nursing. Vol. 27(7). September 2021.


Coming soon

Kirkpatrick, C., Nyatanga, B., (in print) Exploring perceptions and approaches of registered managers regarding clinical safety in care homes.

Nyatanga, B. et al (Ongoing) Qualitative Research exploring lived experiences of adult patients living with primary brain tumour in the UK and Norway. (in preparation)


Monthly Palliative care column

  • Brian writes his own monthly palliative care column in the British Journal of Community Nursing since 2011.


Congress/Conference presentations

October 2021 - Virtual poster presentation of research on Using Death Cafes as a Method for Discussing Death and Dying with 3rd year Student Nurses. EAPC Congress 2021 – online

October 2021 - Public lecture for Halesowen College, Birmingham – virtual presentation.

External Responsibilities

2020-2024   -  External Examiner – Liverpool John Moores University

2015-2019  -  External Examiner – Kings College London

2010-2014  - External examiner   Dundee University

2007-2010  -  External Examiner   Glasgow University


2018-2022  -  Visiting Senior Academic – Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia

2016-2021  -  External examiner of PhD theses for UK and Australian Universities

2017 - now - Consultant Editor – International Journal of Palliative Nursing