Dr Hilary Bungay

Professor of Arts Health and Wellbeing

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Allied Health

Location: Cambridge

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

Research Supervision:Yes

Hilary is an experienced academic with extensive experience in learning and teaching. He has completed research and evaluation of the delivery and organisation of health care services and has a special interest and expertise in researching culture, arts, health and wellbeing.



Dr Hilary Bungay has been researching in the field of Arts and Health research for over 15 years and has been Principal and Co-investigator for a number of research projects exploring the impact of the arts on health and wellbeing.

As a member of steering group for the Special Interest Group for Arts Health and Wellbeing at the Royal Society of Public Health she plays an active role in developing the research agenda for arts, health and wellbeing. In addition to her research in the field of Arts and Health, Hilary also works with a local Air Ambulance Trust who fund a Research Fellow based within the University undertaking research and evaluation of their service.

Research interests

  • Culture, Arts Health and Well-being
  • Social Prescribing
  • Health Service Research
  • Older People
  • Qualitative Research
  • Rapid Reviews

Areas of research supervision

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

  • Internal and External PhD examiner
  • PhD and Professional Doctorate Completions to date
  • The relationship between physical activity, hospital admission and health status in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Recurrent Foot Ulceration Incidence and Location
  • Assessment of health related quality of life tools for patients with MS and production of MS patient sensitive tool
  • Knowledge Mobilisation in Youth Mental Health: Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice through Absorptive Capacity
  • Exploring the experiences and quality of life of Black African caregivers of people with dementia
  • Current PhD and Professional Doctorate Supervision
  • Preventing physical health comorbidities in Early Intervention Services for Psychosis: A multi-professional approach to physical health promotion
  • An exploration of the factors influencing paramedics to move from NHS ambulance service employment to work in roles traditionally filled by doctors and nurses
  • Effectiveness of the implementation of a sound-activated noise display in an acute medical ward on night-time noise levels and staff awareness: An explanatory sequential mix-method study
  • An exploration into student experiences after receiving support from wellbeing services within a secondary school
  • Enhancing Urology Clinical Nurse Specialists and Urology Nurses’ knowledge and understanding of Post Radical Cystectomy and Urinary diversion procedures


  • Research methods


  • PGCLT  
  • PhD in Social Policy and Administration, “Pathways in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Women with Breast Cancer: The Significance of Delay”, University of Kent
  • MA Health Studies
  • Higher Diploma of the College of Radiographers
  • Diploma of the College of Radiographers

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Associate Member Royal Society of Public Health
  • Steering group member Special Interest Group for Arts Health and Wellbeing Royal Society for Public Health
  • AHRC Peer Review College
  • Joint Editor Public Health special issue- Creativity Health and Wellbeing
  • Culture Health and Wellbeing Network
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Arts and Health Network

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Research Grants

  • ARCHE2 Artist Residencies in Care Homes Evaluation with Magic Me Funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation (Joint Principal Investigator)
  • Dancing for Health: A service evaluation on behalf of Addenbrookes Charitable Trust (Principal Investigator)
  • “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)
  • Critical Review: Caregivers perceptions of the value of the arts in therapeutic and Clinical settings. Funded by AHRC (Principal Investigator)
  • The impact of using Assistant/Associate practitioners in health care settings: A service evaluation. Funded by Local Education Training Boards (LETBs) of Cambridgeshire and Essex (Co-investigator)
  • What are the key factors in the successful implementation of assistant practitioner roles in a health care setting? Funded by Cambridgeshire and Essex Workforce Commissioning Groups (Co-investigator)
  • Feasibility assessment for the use of the arts in the promotion of health of children and young people project Funded by Lambeth PCT (Principal Investigator)
  • The information and support needs of men aged 75+ with prostate cancer Funded by Prostate Cancer Charity (Principal Investigator)
  • Consultancy
  • Worthwhile Waiting Consultancy on behalf of Meridian Primary Care Trust
  • Dancing in the Museum Consultancy for Cambridge Museums Trust
  • Stakeholder Consultation conducted on behalf of Essex County Council (Co-investigator)

Selected recent publications

Bungay, H., & Hughes, S., 2021 Older people’s perceptions of the impact of Dance for Health sessions in an acute hospital setting: a qualitative study. BMJ Open 2021;11:e044027. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044027

McLachlan, S. & Bungay H., 2021 Consensus on research priorities for [organisation blinded for peer review] Air Ambulance: A Delphi study Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine 

Bungay, H., & Jacobs C., 2020, Dance for Health: The perceptions of healthcare professionals of the impact of music and movement sessions for older people in an acute hospital setting. International Journal of Older People Nursing  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/opn.12342   

Dadswell A., Bungay, H., Wilson, C., Munn-Giddings, C., 2020, The impact of participatory arts in promoting social relationships for older people within care homes, Perspectives in Public Health;   https://doi.org/10.1177/1757913920921204

Bungay, H, Hughes, S., Jacobs, C., Zheng, J. 2019, Dance for Health: The impact of creative dance sessions on older people in an acute hospital setting Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research Policy and Practice  https://doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2020.1725072

Meshe, O.F. Bungay, H. Claydon, L.S. 2019, Participants’ experiences of the benefits, barriers, and facilitators of attending a Community-based Exercise Programme for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Health and Social Care in the Community, DOI:10.1111/hsc.12929 

Wilson, C., Dadswell A., Bungay H., Munn-Giddings, C., 2019, ‘The role of participatory arts in developing reciprocal relationships amongst older people: A conceptual review of the literature’Journal of Aging and Social Change 9(4) 1-16  

Dadswell A., Wilson, C., Munn-Giddings, C., Bungay H., (2017/2019) The Role of Participatory Arts in Addressing the Loneliness and Social Isolation of Older People: A Conceptual Review of the Literature, Journal of Arts and Communities Volume 9, Number 2, 1 October 2017, pp. 109-128(20)  https://doi.org/10.1386/jaac.9.2.109_1

Boyce, M., Bungay, H., Munn-Giddings, C.M., Wilson, C., 2017 The impact of arts in healthcare on patients and service users Health and Social Care in the Community, DOI:10.1111/hsc.1250

Zarobe, L., & Bungay, H. 2017 The role of arts activities in developing resilience and mental well-being in children and young people a rapid review of the literature. Perspectives in Public Health. ISSN 1757-9147 http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/701901/

Bungay, H, Jackson, J. & Lord, S. 2016 Exploring Assistant Practitioners views of their role and training, Nursing Standard 30, 30 46-52 

Oluwasomi F M., Claydon, L.S., Bungay H., & Andrew S. 2016: The relationship between physical activity and health status in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease following ulmonary rehabilitation, Disability and Rehabilitation: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2016.1161842

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) 266-278

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

Recent presentations and conferences

Peer Reviewed Conference Presentations

Oral presentation Building Connections: Challenging loneliness among older adults through partnership, co-production, and cultural participation International Conference Culture Health and Wellbeing (virtual conference) 21 st -23 rd  June 2021

Oral presentation (With Munn-Giddings, C., Dadswell A., Wilson, C.,) How a university community engaged with arts and cultural activities during Lockdown. International Conference Culture Health and Wellbeing (virtual conference) 21 st -23 rd  June 2021 

Oral presentation (With Anita Jensen) Swedish primary healthcare practitioners’ perspectives on the impact of Arts on Prescription for patients and the wider society. International Conference Culture Health and Wellbeing (virtual conference) 21 st -23 rd  June 2021

Oral Presentation with Ward, A., Bruce S., Creative Journeys, Community is the best medicine Kings Fund October 8 th  2019  

Oral presentation Bungay H., Ellis N., Peirara-Stubbs, F., Dance for Health: Challenges to implementation, delivery and evaluation of a programme of dance sessions for older people in an acute hospital setting.   Building Bridges Applied Arts and health, Education, and Community Shropshire 7-10 th  August 2019 

Oral presentation (With Munn-Giddings, C., Dadswell A., Wilson, C.,) Creative Journeys: The role of the arts facilitator in building community in residential care home settings, Building Bridges Applied Arts and health, Education, and Community Shropshire 7-10 th  August 2019

Oral presentation A service evaluation of the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust ‘Dance for health’ programme 4 th  Annual Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Conference Cambridge May 14 th  2019

Oral presentation (With Dadswell A., Wilson, C.,) Participatory arts and social relationships for older people in care settings 7 th  International Health Humanities Network Conference Southampton 2 nd  August 2018 

Oral presentation With Dadswell A., Wilson, C.,)  The role of participatory arts in developing social and caring relationships for older people in care settings: Tackling loneliness and social isolation, Conference for Participatory Arts UEA May 2018

Oral presentation Children and Young People: Arts on Prescription Culture Health and Wellbeing International Conference Bristol June 2017

Media experience

The Conversation: How creativity on prescription can improve on mental and physical health 5 April 2018