Portrait of a nurse as a doctor


The toast of the Indian community in Manchester is a Malayalee nurse. Manju Luckson, a mother of three and a band 8 nurse, has bagged her doctorate in Research Culture….writes Rajitha Saleem

Dr Manju Luckson
Dr Manju Luckson

Manju Luckson, a band 8 nurse from the South Indian state of Kerala, has made Indian community proud by completing her PhD in Research Culture.

Manju is currently working as a Quality Lead, National Institute for Health Research, at Central Manchester Hospitals. She is also the honorary staff of the Manchester Metropolitan Hospital. She has done her doctoral research under the guidance of Prof. Carol Haigh and Dr. Fiona Duncan from Manchester Metropolitan University.

An alumnus of the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, she completed her B.Sc Nursing with a third rank. She came to UK in 2001 and secured her masters in Nursing in 2002. She has to her credit the experience of presenting in various conferences across Europe in countries such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Manju is also the Equality and Diversity Coordinator at the Research and Innovation Division in the Central Manchester University hospital. She had also worked as a Divisional Research Manager in Acute Medicine/Community Medicine and also as for the Trafford hospitals of NHS.

“It was always my ambition to do something different and unique even before I came to this country. With God’s grace and my hard work, I am happy that I was able to achieve what I set out for. I have never waited or wasted any opportunity that came my way,” said a visibly proud Manju to Asian Lite.

Manju Luckson with family
Manju Luckson with family

It was with sheer will power and dedication that Manju was able to fulfil her dreams, even when faced with physical adversities and challenges of raising a young family.

“Of course I had support from my family. But all I wanted to say to anyone who is struggling to achieve their dreams, is that with determination and perseverance, there is nothing you cannot accomplish in this world,” added Manju.

It should be noted that a research paper submitted by Manju Luckson in the international conference held by Nursing Research Society of India in Mangalore was honoured with the highest acclaim last year. Manju secured this achievement competing with research topics from across the world.

Manju had also made her mark as the Joint Secretary of Nurses Hypertension Association of UK and had presided over many conferences and was a specially invitee to many international symposiums. She has also served as the Observational Clinical Examiner of Liverpool University.

A gifted artist herself, Manju who was a noted presence in the cultural scene in India has made her presence felt in UK too by being the `Kalathilakam’ (the highest prize) in a cultural competition conducted by UUKMA (Union of UK Malayalee Associations).

Manju added that her dreams does not stop here and that she would always be looking out for new opportunities, either as a post-doctoral study in clinical research or as a new responsibility. From a Nurse to a Doctor, it has been a colourful journey for this young nurse from Kerala. She lives in Manchester with her husband Luckson Francis and Livia, Elvia and Ellis