Dr Lynn Furber

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Nursing and Midwifery

Research group(s): Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre (NMRC)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 201 3974

E: lfurber@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/nursingandmidwifery


Personal profile

Dr Lynn Furber works at DMU as a part time Senior Lecturer within the School of Nursing, and she also works part time as a Senior Research Nurse within the Oncology directorate at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. Lynn’s research interests all aspire to promote personalised care for patients, particularly within the medical consultation and the study of communication and interaction in the practitioner patient encounter, particularly in regards to the delivery of difficult and sensitive information.

Research group affiliations

  • Centre for the Promotion of Excellence in Palliative Care (CPEP)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre
  • Communication Skills Training Research Group at LOROS

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

  • Cancer
  • Palliative Care
  • Communicating sensitive information/bad news
  • Doctor and patient interactions
  • Continued Professional Development – experiential learning and reflective practice
  • Decision Making
  • Consultation aids

Areas of teaching

  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Research
  • Consultation Skills


University of Nottingham PhD: Investigating Interactions: How do doctors and patients experience the disclosure of significant information in the advanced cancer setting and how do these experiences enhance practice? 2010.

  • University of Central England BSc (HONS) in Clinical Nursing, 2000
  • University of Central England, ENB 237 Oncology Nursing, 2000
  • Staffordshire University, Continuing Care of the Dying and Family, 1998
  • Staffordshire University, Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice, 1995
  • University of Wolverhampton, Diploma in Higher Education, 1994
  • Staffordshire and Shropshire College of Nursing and Midwifery, Registered Nurse, 1994

Courses taught

  • Module Leader for Chemotherapy, NMAH 3307
  • Module Leader for Cancer – Prevention and Detection, NMAH 3305
  • Module Leader for Cancer- Diagnosis to Survivorship, NMAH 3304
  • Module Leader for Undergraduate Dissertation Module, NRMW 3010
  • Lynn also teaches on the Masters Communication course, and Consultation Skills Module and research module within the School of Nursing

Membership of professional associations and societies

Royal College of Nursing, Capitalising on the Contribution of Research Nurses in the UK, 2011 – onwards

UKONS - 2013

Professional licences and certificates

Staffordshire and Shropshire College of Nursing and Midwifery, Registered Nurse, 1994

Conference attendance

  • Furber L. Murtagh G. Bonas S. Thomas A. (2012) Developing a consultation aid: An integrated approach to improve doctor-patient interaction and satisfaction. Poster Presentation, EACH conference in St Andrews, 4th-7th September
  • Furber, L. (2012) Learning lessons from oncology consultations: Breaking bad news. Oral Presentation at BTOG in Dublin. 27-28th January.
  • Furber,L. Murphy,R. Steward,W. Cox,K. (2010) Learning to Communicate through reflective practice and experiential learning: Lessons for Doctors? Poster Presentation at EACH Conference in Verona. 5-8th Sept. 
  • Bonas,S. Furber, L. Murtagh, G. Thomas, A. (2010) How do patients and doctors experience consultations in oncology: an interpretive phenomenological study. Poster presentation at EACH conference in Verona. 5th-8th Sept.
  • Murtagh, G. Bonas, S. Furber, L. Thomas, A. (2010) Symptom Residue in Oncology Consultations. Oral Presentation at EACH Conference in Verona. 5th-8th Sept.
  • Murtagh,G. Furber,L. Bonas,S. Bankart, J. McElhinney, L. Thomas, A. (2009) Using conversation analysis in Oncology to develop a consultation aid: Methodology and early results. Poster Presentation at British Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference in Cardiff, 3-4 December.
  • Furber,L. Cox, K. Murphy, R. Steward, W. (2008) Investigating Interactions in the oncology outpatient clinic: How do doctors and health care professionals experience the disclosure of significant information in the advanced cancer setting? Poster presentation. RCN International Research Conference in Liverpool. 8-11th April.

Current research students

2nd Supervisor to a Masters student and 2nd Supervisor to a PhD Student, due to commence in October 2013.

Externally funded research grants information

2009 NIHR, RfPB grant. (Thomas, Murtagh, Bonas, Furber) Using conversation analysis in Oncology to develop a consultation aid: An integrated approach to improve doctor-patient interaction and enhance patient satisfaction. (£242,224).

Internally funded research project information

University of Nottingham PhD Studentship: Centre for Social Research in Health and Health Care.

Professional esteem indicators

Refereeing for Journals:

International Journal of Medical Education

Patient Education and Counselling

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