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Mrs Anne Butterworth

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Professional biography

I am a Registered Nurse and have worked across different regions as a District Nurse and Community Macmillan Nurse.  My Masters’ degree in Applied Social Research explored District Nurses’ supportive role in palliative care and facilitated subsequent clinical-facing service development activity.   I currently work as a part-time Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing.

Through a practitioner-ethnographer approach, my PhD study aims to understand the nature, context and scope of District Nurses’ psychological support role in palliative care. I wish to illuminate this hidden work and reconceptualise the patient-carer-nurse encounter in order to understand what aids or hinders psychological support in this context.  It is hoped that improved knowledge and insight can guide clinical practice for the benefit of patients and their carers.

Research interests

Palliative and End of Life Care

Community Nursing


OU student wins Care Apprentice Award

Heather always wanted to be a mental health nurse, having worked as a carer for a number of years. When she was given the chance by her employer to study for an Open University course in Health Care Practise, she grabbed the opportunity. Earlier this year, Heather was awarded the Care Apprentice Award at the National Care Awards, as Carers Week begins, she talks about her journey with The OU.

10th June 2019
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