Dr Hilary Bungay

Director of Studies and Reader in Health Services Research

Faculty:Faculty of Medical Science

Department:Department of Allied Health

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Allied & public health , Health and wellbeing

Hilary is an experienced academic with extensive experience in teaching and learning. In addition, she has undertaken a number of research projects in the delivery and organisation of health care services.

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Email: hilary.bungay@anglia.ac.uk


Hilary’s main research interest is in the developing area of Arts and Health research where she has published a number of articles, and in 2014 was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grant to conduct a critical review of “Carers perceptions on the use of arts activities in clinical and therapeutic interventions”.

In addition, she has conducted a number of service evaluations on behalf of the NHS Local Education and Training Boards of Cambridgeshire and Essex exploring the facilitators and barriers to the successful implementation of Assistant Practitioners in health care settings. This work is supporting workforce planning and informs the education and training delivery of the local health care workforce.

Current Projects

In partnership with Essex County Council Cultural Development Team “What is the impact of creative arts and cultural participation in building community relationships for older people in care settings?” Funded by Arts Council England (Joint Principal Investigator)

Research interests

  • Arts Health and Well-being
  • Health Service Research
  • Older People
  • Cancer Services
  • Informal Carers
  • Research Ethics
  • Qualitative Research
  • Rapid Reviews

Areas of research supervision

Masters Major Project supervision. Current PhD and Professional Doctorate supervision:

  • The relationship between physical activity, hospital admission and health status in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Assessment of health related quality of life tools for patients with MS and production of MS patient sensitive tool


  • MSc Advanced Practice


  • PGCLT (2007), Canterbury Christchurch University
  • PhD in Social Policy and Administration (2002), “Pathways in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Women with Breast Cancer: The Significance of Delay”, University of Kent
  • MA Health Studies (1994), University of Kent
  • Higher Diploma of the College of Radiographers (1992), University and Middlesex Hospitals Schools of Radiography
  • Diploma of the College of Radiographers (1983), Nottinghamshire Area School of Radiography

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Arts and Health Network

Selected recent publications

Wilson, C., Bungay, H., Munn-Giddings, C., Boyce, M., 2015 Healthcare professionals’ perceptions of the value and impact of the impact of the arts in healthcare settings Int. J. Nurs. Stud. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.ijnurstu.2015.11.003

Jackson, J., Bungay, H., Smyth, T., Lord, S., 2015 The status of assistant practitioners in the NHS, British Journal of Health Care Management 19 (7) 225-231

Fraser, A., Bungay, H., Munn-Giddings, C., 2014 The value of the use of participatory arts activities in residential care settings to enhance the wellbeing and quality of life of older people: A rapid review of the literature. Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research Policy and Practice 6(3) 266-27

Skingley, A., Bungay, H., Clift, C., Warden J., 2013 Experiences of being in a control group: Lessons from a UK-based randomised controlled group singing as a health promotion initiative for older people Health Promotion International doi10.1093/heapro/dat016

Bungay, H. & Vella-Burrows, T., 2013 The effects of participating in creative activities on the health and wellbeing of children and young people: a rapid review of the literature Perspectives in Public Health 131(1) 45-52

Skingley, A., Bungay, H., Clift, S., 2012, Researching participatory arts, wellbeing and health, Journal of Arts and Communities 3(1) 73-87

Bungay, H., & Clift, S., 2010, Arts on Prescription: A review of practice in the UK, Perspectives in Public Health, 130 (6) 277-281

Bungay, H., Clift, S., Skingley, A., 2010, The Silver Song Club Project: A sense of well-being through participatory singing Journal of Applied Arts and Health 1 (2) 165-178

Bungay, H. P. & Cappello R. 2009, “As long as the doctors know what they are doing”: Trust or ambivalence about patient information among elderly men with prostate cancer? European Journal of Cancer Care 18 (5) 470-476

Bungay, H.P., 2005, Cancer and Health Policy: The postcode lottery of care. Journal of Social Policy and Administration 39 (1) 35-48