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Gunn Grande


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Lead for the Cancer, Supportive and Palliative Care Research Group, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work

Lead for the End of Life Care Programme, Community Theme, CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) Greater Manchester


Gunn Grande's background is in psychology and health services research. She began her career working at the MRC Appliced Psychology Unit in Cambridge. She has an MPhil in Psychology, MSc in Health Psychology and a PhD in Health and Social Welfare.  

Gunn has worked within cancer and palliative care research since 1992. She initially worked with the Cambridgeshire Family Health Services Authority on a study into domiciliary palliative care before moving on to the Health Services Research Group at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge. There she ran a large scale evaluation of Hospital at Home for Palliative Care, which included a randomised controlled trial, a population level records linkage study to study referrals and use of health care services in the last year of life, and exploration of bereaved relatives views of end of life care.

She has been based at the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, University of Manchester since 2002, initially completing a Postdoc Fellowship on factors influencing patients' use of support groups and other cancer support. Her more recent work has mainly focused on support for family carers in end of life home care, but has also involved research into socioeconomic and age related differences in patients' access to palliative care, further work on predictors of patients' use of support groups and patient and family coping in the face of life threatening disease.

Research interests

Gunn Grande's research interests include the needs of palliative care patients and their carers within the community, factors contributing to inequity in access to statutory and voluntary cancer and palliative care services, factors enabling death at home, psychosocial support for patients and carers, and caregiver bereavement outcome.

Her main focus is currently on how to support family carers during end of life care at home. This includes work undertaken in collaboration with the University of Cambridge on the development, testing and implementation of a Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT) intervention to ensure carers' needs are assessed and addressed (  


Programme Director for MClin Res/ MRes Health & Social Care programme, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work

Joint Course Director of PGT Research Design Unit

Supervisor for a number of PhD, Masters and BNurs students.

My collaborations

Prof Grande has developed strong collaborations with 

- Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge

- Centre on Aging, University of Victoria, Canada

- School of Nursing & Midwifery, Curtin University, Australia

She is a Steering group member of the International Palliative Care Family Carer Research Collaboration (

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society


BA (Hon) Psychology

MPhil Psychology

MSc Health Psychology

PhD Health & Social Welfare

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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