Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Obituary: Michael Clift 1968-2018


As a nurse, Mike’s practice was characterised by compassion, humour and thoughtfulness.

After qualifying from the University of Central England in 1998, he worked at Birmingham Children’s Hospital for several years in paediatric surgery before travelling the world and gaining experience in children’s hospitals in New Zealand and Australia.

Mike began working in general paediatrics at the Whittington Hospital London in 2004, going on to become a charge nurse, then a practice development nurse.

At the time of his death, Mike was the lead for clinical practice education in nursing across children’s services at the Royal Free London. His own practice was driven by interests in compassionate healthcare, adolescent mental health and patient safety.

He completed an MSc in nursing studies in 2016 and was co-lead of the Royal College of Nursing’s children and young people’s education and practice development community.

Inspiring Leaders List 2015

Michael Clift

Michael Clift

Mike was most proud of his influential work co-developing a compassionate healthcare model. This pioneering work reflected his own compassionate approach, not only to clinical practice, but in the way he supported and cared for colleagues. His gentle kindness, sharp wit and uncanny ability to find the right words at the right time is remembered fondly by many colleagues.

His outstanding contribution was recognised in the Nursing Times inspiring leaders list for 2015 and the award-winning compassion work published in ‘Roar behind the silence’ by Pinder and Martin.

Mike was a beloved brother, son, uncle and friend, not only a compassionate nurse but a gifted poet and musician, and a passionate activist. He gave so much of himself to so many.

He took his own life as a consequence of debilitating chronic depression which he managed courageously for many years until it became too much to bear. He was a staunch advocate for CALM: The Campaign Against Living miserably and the de-stigmatisation of mental illness.

Mike’s family have put together a memorial site to celebrate Mike’s life and can be contacted at

Patricia, Kate and Margaret


Readers' comments (6)

  • How did someone so wonderfully talented, and dedicated to others, not find life worth living. RIP Mike.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • We were in the same MSc class and have fond memories of our' Jane Eyre' sketch.
    Really nice guy. RIP Mike.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • This is so terribly sad & heartbreaking.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Rest in peace

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Very sad to read this, and also saddened that a valued colleague found himself in this position. We do need to care for each other better. He was very welcoming when I started in post at NMUHT and also supportive of our new paediatric PDN. RIP Mike

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Very sad. Condolences to his family & friends. He sounds like he was a very kind & caring man.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs