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The Royal Marsden School

Martin Galligan RN, MSc, Pg Cert NMP, BSc

Lecturer Practitioner
Martin Galligan

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