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.