Gillian Robinson

Miss Gillian Robinson, Nurse Consultant RMCH

Gilly is a Consultant Nurse, based at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Lead Nurse on Neurosciences Network Board. Gilly started nursing in January 1981 and has worked full-time in paediatric neurosciences (critical care, neurosurgery, & neurology), since 1986. Gilly has held a number of senior nurse positions Ward Manager, Specialist Practitioner, Lead Nurse/Matron, and Senior Nurse Clinical Practice; before taking up her current post in 2007.

Gilly is the only Consultant Nurse in the United Kingdom, specialising in paediatric acquired brain injury and acute rehabilitation.

Gilly was chair and a founder member of Children’s Brain Injury Trust (North-West); a Panel Assessor for National Confidential Enquiry Head injury in Children (2010-11); and Scientific Member – Clinical Neurosciences Group; UK Medicines for Children Research Network. She sits on a number of Boards/Committees including Northern Children’s Rehabilitation Board, Greater Manchester Critical Care & Major Trauma Services Network, and is Chair of Manchester Acquired Brain Injury Forum.

Gilly undertook post registration studies, graduating with BSc 1st (Hons) Professional Practice in Nursing in 1999; and MSc Nursing in 2005.

Research interests include –

  • Coma assessment in neonates, children and young people.
  • Outcome measures following acquired brain injury (ABI) in children and young people.
  • Effectiveness of neuro-rehabilitation.
  • Family coping/adjustment following childhood ABI.

Specialist Areas

  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Coma Assessment
  • Rehabilitation
  • Family Adjustment
  • Nurses/AHP’s

Gilly created CATNIP – a coma assessment tool for neonates, infants, children and young people, in response to an increasing number of high-level incidents locally and nationally.

Gillian’s unique evidence-based paediatric neurological observation chart incorporates both an early warning coma alert and early warning scores. It has detailed guidelines and parameters tailored to 5 age groups – 0-4 months; 4 months to 2 years; 2 to 5 years; 5 to 12 years; and over 12 years.