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Professor Frances Bunn - University Alliance. Hatfield, England, GB

Professor Frances Bunn Professor Frances Bunn

Professor in Health and Complex Conditions | University of Hertfordshire

Hatfield, England, UNITED KINGDOM

Her research relates to the health and wellbeing of older people with complex health and social care needs - such as dementia and frailty.

Areas of Expertise (7)


End-Of-Life Care

Social Care

Elderly Living






Professor Frances Bunn is Professor in Health and Complex Conditions at the University of Hertfordshire. Her research relates to the health and wellbeing of older people with complex health and social care needs - such as dementia, comorbidity and frailty. Her work on dementia has included all aspects of the dementia trajectory, from diagnosis to end-of-life care. This includes studies on the diagnosis and treatment of dementia, the organisation and delivery of health and social care services for people with dementia and with a comorbid condition, shared decision-making for people with dementia, and end-of-life care for people living with dementia.

Frances led the CoDem (Comorbidity and Dementia: improving healthcare for people with dementia) study which was one of the first ever studies to look at the needs of people living with dementia and with a comorbid condition. Frances has also been involved in several studies focused on the health and care needs of older people living in long-term care. She is an Editor with the Cochrane Injuries Group and she is an author on more than 80 peer reviewed publications. She is also the University of Hertfordshire’s Theme Champion for Health and Wellbeing Research.

Education (3)

University of Hertfordshire: Ph.D. 2011

University of South Bank: M.Sc., Sociology of Health and Illness 1996

Kings College, London University: B.Sc., Nursing Studies 1988

Affiliations (5)

  • Chair of Herts and West Essex Research Strategy Group
  • Member of ARC East of England Capacity Building Committee
  • Member of INTERDEM
  • Member of Alzheimer’s Society Funding Panel
  • Member of NIHR Research for Patient Benefit East of England Advisory Committee

Media Mentions (1)

Shifting dementia patients between hospital wards 'can speed up their decline'

Mirror  online


Dr Frances Bunn, lead author of the study, said there were “immediate and simple changes that can be made to improve care for this vulnerable group”.

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Articles (5)

Advance care planning for people living with dementia: An umbrella review of effectiveness and experiences

International Journal of Nursing Studies

2020 End of life care is often inadequate for people with dementia. Advanced care planning (ACP) has the potential to improve outcomes for people with dementia. The aim of this review is to establish the strength of the evidence and provide decision makers with a clear understanding of what is known about ACP for people living with dementia.

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Components of palliative care interventions addressing the needs of people with dementia living in long term care: a systematic review

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association

2020 People with dementia requiring palliative care havemultiple needs that require complex, multicomponent interventions. Thisneed is amplified in the long term care setting. The European Associationfor Palliative Care (EAPC) White Paper offers recommendations forpalliative care in dementia and highlights domains of care integral forthis population, thus providing useful guidance to developing suchinterventions.

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Setting priorities to inform assessment of care homes’ readiness to participate in healthcare innovation: a systematic mapping review and consensus process

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

2020 Organisational context is known to impact on the successful implementation of healthcare initiatives in care homes. We undertook a systematic mapping review to examine whether researchers have considered organisational context when planning, conducting, and reporting the implementation of healthcare innovations in care homes.

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A group intervention to improve quality of life for people with advanced dementia living in care homes: the Namaste feasibility cluster RCT

Health Technology Assessment

2020 People with advanced dementia who live and die in nursing homes experience variable quality of life, care and dying. There is a need to identify appropriate, cost-effective interventions that facilitate high-quality end-of-life care provision.

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Using non-participant observation to uncover mechanisms: insights from a realist evaluation


2019 This article outlines how a realist evaluation of dementia care in hospitals used non-participant observation to support the refinement and testing of mechanisms likely to lead to the use of person-centred care. We found that comments and explanations of their actions from hospital staff during observation periods provided insights into the reasoning that generated their actions for care in real time.

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