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Dr Mary Cooke (PhD Lond. MSc(Econs). BSc(Hons). RN. CM. PGDipEd.) - personal details

Contact details

Role: Lecturer

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 7628


University of Manchester
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work
Room 5.344, Jean McFarlane Building
University Place
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Fax: 0161 306 7707




After completing RN training in Princess Alexandra School of Nursing, London, Dr Cooke worked on a trauma and orthopaedic ward, then completed Midwifery training in Enfield School of Nursing and Midwifery, and The Mother's Hospital London St Bartholomew's and London Hospital Group. She was a Staff Nurse for three years in Hackney Hospital Accident and Emergency Department (St Bartholomew's and London Group) before taking up Junior then Senior Sister posts in Hackney Hospital (Gynaecology) Barking and Havering Hospital (Surgery Unit) and then Ward Manager. Dr Cooke was invited to join the hospital's School of Nursing, then form a joint appointment between the Redbridge School of Nursing and Midwifery and University of East London, whereafter she held a full post for five further years. Dr Cooke moved to Cambridgeshire and was offered a post as Senior Lecturer, then a short term (3yrs) Head of Nursing and Midwifery Research between University of Cambridge Homerton College and Addenbrookes' Trust as assistant to the Chief Nurse. Having been invited to apply for a post at University Sheffield School of Nursing and Midwifery, she then moved to Manchester in 2008. Dr Cooke has maintained an active clinical role in Emergency Care, and an interest in research into the impact of health policy on the outcomes of decisions, especially economic decisions, within nursing and health care.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

Royal College of Nursing

Political Studies Association.


PhD London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, 2005.

MSc (Econs) London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, 1996.

Post Grad. Dip. Ed. University of Greenwich, 1991.

BSc (Hons) University of Surrey, 1988.

Cert Midwifery 1982.

Registered General Nurse 1981.


Teaching in Undergraduate Division to the BNurs, co-ordinating the Understanding Research for Practice Unit; teaching health economics on DPSN management;Co-ordinating the Continuing Practice Development Emergency Care Unit for post Registered specialising undergraduate nurses. Teaching to Post Graduate Masters units for Service User Involvement, Health Policy, and MA Social Policy. Supervising UG and PG dissertations and working in four student PhD Thesis supervision teams. 

Research: member of the SuPAC research group (Cancer, Supportive & Palliative Care). Project Lead Researcher for NIHR funded study based in Sheffield comparing the expected outcomes for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients and their health professionals - and the difference in cost of these expectations; a team member for health economic evaluation for CiREM (Cambridge University) report for HQIP Care Quality Commission Department of Health - A review of the evidence of the impact of clinical audit on quality improvement. Member of the team for the recently funded NIHR study to define the assistance required by carers to provide care at end of life for cancer patients.

Administration of student learning in Academic Group.