Dr Hilary Bungay

Reader in Health Services Research

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

School:Allied Health

Location: Cambridge

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

Research Supervision:Yes

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.



Dr Hilary Bungay has been researching in the field of Arts and Health research for over 10 years and has contributed to a number of research projects exploring the impact of the arts on health and wellbeing.  She was awarded a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to conduct a critical review of “The value of the arts in clinical and therapeutic interventions” (2014), and in collaboration with Essex County Council was awarded a grant from Arts Council England for a project “The impact of participatory arts on social relationships for older people in care settings” (2016). 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, she has conducted a number of funded health service evaluations, and supervises post graduate and PhD students working in health and social care.

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:

  • Assessment of health related quality of life tools for patients with MS and production of MS patient sensitive tool
  • Mental Health Nurses experiences on the role of Psychotropic Drugs in the treatment of Mental Illness
  • Knowledge Mobilisation in Youth Mental Health: Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice through Absorptive Capacity
  • Modelling an Efficient Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory
  • Preventing physical health comorbidities in Early Intervention Services for Psychosis: A multi-professional approach to physical health promotion
  • Exploring the experiences and quality of life of Black African caregivers of people with dementia
  • An exploration of the factors influencing paramedics to move from NHS ambulance service employment to work in roles traditionally filled by doctors and nurses
  • The relationship between physical activity, hospital admission and health status in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Recurrent Foot Ulceration Incidence and Location


  • 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

  • Steering group member Special Interest Group for Arts Health and Wellbeing Royal Society for Public Health
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Arts and Health Network

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

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 with C. Munn-Giddings, in partnership with Essex County Council Cultural Development Team)

Selected recent publications

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

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