Gunn Grande is Professor of Palliative Care at the University of Manchester, where she has been leading the Supportive and Palliative Care group at the Division of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work and the End of Life Care Programme at CLAHRC Greater Manchester.
She has been working within cancer and palliative care research for 25 years. Her early work focused on factors predicting place of death and the impact of hospice at home, which formed the basis for her PhD.
She moved to the University of Manchester in 2002, where she completed a post-doctoral fellowship focusing on health psychology models in predicting access to support for cancer patients.
Her recent research at Manchester has mainly focused on the support needs of family carers when caring for someone at home towards the end of life. This includes work on the development and testing of a Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT) intervention and investigation into the scale and impact of carers’ contributions to end of life care nationally (see website CSNAT.org for further information).
Gunn’s research interests also include what enables patients to be cared for at home towards the end of life, and the factors associated with patients’ access to statutory and voluntary support.