Programme Lead: Graduate Certificate (Welfare and Benefts Advice): understanding welfare and policy, employment law and welfare benefits for health, social care and allied professionals supporting people affected by cancer and long term conditions.
Director: BSc Professional Practice and CPD Lead.
With a background in sociology, social policy and cancer care, I am an experienced UG and PG teacher and lead, successfully developing and delivering an innovative online Graduate Certificate (Welfare and Benefits Advice) programme alongside wider contributions across the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport at UG and PG levels.
With a progressional background in welfare and social care services, I have a strong interest in developing teaching and learning opportunities with a focus on the social care sector. Supporting academic transition and widening access to university education and accreditation is a strong driver.
BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy (1st clas)
MSc Applied Social Research (with Distinction)
EXAMININGBA (Hons) Heallth and Wellbeing, University of Edgehill, Lancaster.
External Expert: Social Security and Social Policy, Scottish Parliament
Macmillan Cancer Support Professional
BA (Hons) Health and Wellbeing, Edgehill University Edge Hill University
My research interests are focused on participating in collaborative research around carers and caring, with a current strong focus on people affected by dementia, cancer and related co-morbidities.
I am currently Principal Investigator for a Chief Scientist Office funded study: Understanding the needs of homecare workers supporting people with dementia and cancer
Recent Completed Project: Regenerative Medicine: Stroke Survivor and Carer Views and Motivations Towards a Proposed Stem Cell Trial. Completed 2017.
Wider research interests include:
Cancer care: connecting research and practice
Patient-centred supportive care
Health and Illness transitions
Funeral and Food Poverty
Health and Welfare: Integrating health and social care services
Disability and welfare reform
Palliative Care and dementia
Transitions and Older age
Cunningham NA, Abhyankar P, Cowie J, Galinsky J & Methven K (2018) Regenerative medicine: Stroke survivor and carer views and motivations towards a proposed stem cell clinical trial using placebo neurosurgery. Health Expectations, 21 (1), pp. 367-378. https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.12632.
Hubbard G, Forbat L, Cunningham N, McCann LA, Cayless S, Kidd L, Wengstrom Y & Kearney N (2009) Disrupted lives and threats to identity: The experiences of people with cancer within the first year following diagnosis (Meeting Abstract).
Cunningham N, Hubbard G & Stoddart K (2009) Employment following cancer diagnosis: A narrative summary of the evidence. Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives (SCHWL). Cancer Care Research Centre / University of Stirling.