I specialise in older people's experiences of health care, focusing on their pain experiences. Since 2013 I have been Associate Editor of the British Pain Society's Pain News and am currently a committee member of the BPS Older People Special Interest Group. I work with groups locally and nationally to improve and enhance experiences of pain services. In 2015 I completed a PhD. This was the culmination of many years' involvement in pain, initially as a Pain Specialist in an acute hospital, more recently as researcher. My latest work is considering older people's experiences of non-cancer related palliative care services.
I specialise in older people's experiences of health care, focusing on their pain experiences. Since 2013, I have been Associate Editor of the British Pain Society's Pain News and am currently chairman of the British Pain Society Older People Special Interest Group.
I also work with groups locally and nationally to improve and enhance experiences of pain services.
In 2015, I completed a PhD considering the experiences of older people with cancer pain accessing palliative care services. I used contemporary records, combined with interviews, to give insight into people’s experiences of living with disease, as an adjunct to conventional assessment strategies.
My study identified a need for person centred care for older people in particular and focused on the lived experiences of older people themselves. My PhD was the culmination of many years' involvement in pain, initially as a Pain Specialist, more recently as active researcher.
As Post-Graduate Research Tutor, I have developed and enhanced my skills in supporting the development of new researchers. As part of this role, I have contributed to the planning and coordination of student and supervisor training and enhancement activities, in line with College and University strategies, to support the postgraduate research environment.
I currently supervise 3 PhD students. My research activities include reviewing documentation of frailty in the records of older people in an acute NHS hospital and considering older people's experiences of non-cancer related palliative care services.
Health And Wellbeing
Having worked and taught in two universities, and with considerable external examining experience, I have gained insight into a variety of academic organisational approaches and teaching methods.
I have expertise in the subject areas of pain and older people, with an excellent track record of teaching and facilitation of learning across post graduate and undergraduate curricula. I also have considerable experience of curriculum design, course leadership and student support.
I have initiated the inclusion of research findings into curriculum design; supporting the teaching of evidence based practice in pain, palliative care and older people's needs in undergraduate and post graduate curricula.
My teaching portfolio comprises subject specific areas in pain, palliative care, gerontology, research methods and sociology and general nursing topics on undergraduate and post graduate programmes.
I have considerable experience of supervising Masters and other postgraduate research students with quantitative and qualitative clinical projects and enjoy acting as an academic advisor/mentor/clinical supervisor to nurses working in pain management in clinical practice.
I currently facilitate and teach the NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme for non-medical healthcare professionals at the University.
Centre for Health and Social Care Research
My research interests lie mainly in the areas of pain management and older people. I am working at the forefront of forefront of knowledge related to patient experience through my research into the care of older people. In particular, she is an advocate for the improvement of older people's health care experiences. I have experience of using qualitative and quantitative approaches in research.
I am currently working on a number of research projects aligned to my areas of interest: I lead on the Palliative Care strand of Cancer and Life Limiting Illness Theme in the • College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences.
2018. Investigating the use of ‘frailty’ on death certificates and admission information - a retrospective case note analysis
My current role and remit includes leading on staff development, within the Departments of Nursing & Midwifery and Allied Health Professions, to support research awareness and capacity building.
I was recently awarded funding as co-applicant in an evaluative study of a newly established dementia support service. This service evaluation employs mixed methods, comprising data analysis and qualitative interviews with health care providers.
Piercy, H., Fowler Davis, S., Dunham, M., & Cooper, C. (2017). Evaluation outcomes for an integrated service delivering post diagnostic care and support for families living with dementia. .
Dunham, M., Allmark, P., & Collins, K. (2017). Older people's experiences of cancer pain : a qualitative study nursing older people. Nursing Older People, 29 (6), 28-32. http://doi.org/10.7748/nop.2017.e943
Dunham, M., Ingleton, C., Ryan, T., & Gott, M. (2013). A narrative literature review of older people's cancer pain experience. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22 (15-16), 2100-2113. http://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.12106
- Member of UK working party updating the guidelines on Pain Management for Older People (Abdulla et al Age & Ageing. 2013 doi: 10.1093/ageing/afs200) working with collaboratively with health professionals and service users, including British Geriatrics Society, as a representative of British Pain Society.
- Co-ordinator Yorkshire & Humber NIHR Internship Programme at Sheffield Hallam University delivering a range of taught and academically supervised interventions to engage and expose interns to the clinical academic research environment and provide them with the practical skills to undertake a research project.
- External Examiner Masters level modules (including Pain Management) at University of Manchester 2016- present
Associate Editor, Pain News
- Editorial Board Member, British Journal of Pain
- Reviewer for British Journal of Pain, Palliative Medicine, Archives of Palliative Care, Joanna Briggs Institute, Whurr Publications, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Journal of Healthcare Leadership, Journal of Pain Research