CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)-Plans for the next academic year. 

The teaching staff are now beginning to return to the School to resume their academic activities. They are working at a pace to change the way we deliver our courses. Moving forward, we will be using blended and e-learning methods. We aim to roll out the modules, which were postponed during the initial stages of COVID-19, in a phased approach, starting in September 2020, over an eight-month period. This is in line with Health Education England (HEE) who have proposed an extension to the education contract period. This is to allow time for the recovery of commissions that were postponed due to the pandemic.

As you will recognise because of COVID-19, plans are constantly changing so we will, as the situation evolves, endeavour to keep you informed. The health and wellbeing of our staff and students are our absolute priority. 

If you do have any questions or concerns, please refer to our Student Q&A page or contact us at Student Support Services for more information.


I have been working as a registered nurse across a variety of roles within the acute hospital setting. I have a specialist interest in pain management with the bulk of my career working within this field, with my first role as a clinical nurse specialist post managing acute and complex cancer pain at the Royal Marsden. Following this I became the lead nurse for acute and chronic pain in a busy district general hospital. In this role I was able to develop the service and improve pain education and management across the trust for both staff and patients. 

I have moved into the academic setting and I am now working as a lecturer practitioner at The Royal Marsden School and joined the team in February 2019 with a focus on advanced practice and symptom management. 

Module Involvement:

  • Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning 
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment 
  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing 
  • Palliative Care and Symptom Management 
  • Enhancing the Care of the Dying 

Committee Involvement: 

  • Vice chair of the London Pain Interest Group 
  • Committee member of the British Pain Society Pain Education Special Interest Group
  • Committee member RCN Pain and Palliative Care Forum 


Galligan M Chapter 3 Cancer pain assessment and management in Dougherty L, Lister S, McNamara L (2019) The Royal Marsden Manual of Cancer Nursing Procedures. Wiley Blackwell Oxford.

Galligan M, Enriquez B, Shookhye R (2019) Evaluating the effectiveness of Essential Pain Management programme as a method for improving health care professionals knowledge of pain assessment and management in a District General Hospital. Pain News 17 (4) 213 – 218. 

Galligan M. (2020) Uncovering the use and misuse of opioid analgesia in a pregnant and non-pregnant female population. Evidence Based Nursing 10.1136/ebnurs-2019-103176 available from

Galligan M (2018) Applying clinical audit to support educational package to improve compliance of performing observations for patient-controlled analgesia and epidural analgesia. Pain News 16 (2) 71-76

Martin Galligan RN, MSc, Pg Cert NMP, BSc | The Royal Marsden School
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