Edge Hill’s Bernie Carter, Professor of Children’s Nursing, has been made an Adjunct Professor at AUT (Auckland University of Technology), New Zealand.

Bernie’s research focuses on children and young people whose lives are disrupted by pain, illness, disability, complex health care needs and disadvantage, and the ways in which this affects their parents, brothers and sisters and family life.

As part of her role at AUT, she will focus on children and young people, considering issues including pain, chronic illness and clinical holding.

Bernie said: “Most of the research I do uses arts-based methods and is very participatory in its approach so that we can make sure that we hear and respond to the views and perspectives of the children and young people.”

The role will involve Bernie visiting Auckland and a colleague from AUT has already undertaken a sabbatical at Edge Hill.

Professor Bernie Carter

Professor Bernie Carter

“The opportunity to formalise the collaboration that commenced around 20 years ago on a research visit I undertook to New Zealand is fantastic. On my first visit I met up with Dr Annette Dickinson and the friendship we formed during that visit has been the basis for all of the work that we have achieved since then. AUT is a great University to be an Adjunct Professor; a real honour. The Faculty of Health at AUT is as ambitious and innovative as the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Edge Hill, so it’s a perfect partnering,” Bernie said.

Bernie is a children’s nurse who trained at London’s Great Ormond Street and who has worked in children’s surgery, neonatal intensive care, children’s high dependency and children’s intensive care settings in various hospitals in the North West of England. Whilst in practice she found she had more questions than answers, which signalled the start of her research career.


She joined Edge Hill University in February 2016 to contribute to and co-lead the rapidly growing Children, Young People and Families Research Group. As part of her Professorial role, she is the Director of the Children’s Nursing Research Unit (CNRU) at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.


Bernie is also the Director of ‘Circle’, an international collaboration of children’s nurses whose mission is ‘making things better for children and families’ through research. Key partners in ‘Circle’ are based in child health research units in New Zealand and Tasmania, offering fantastic opportunities for joint research and scholarship.