Dr Helena Dunbar

Job: Associate Professor

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Nursing and Midwifery

Research group(s): Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre; Children's Nursing Research Unit, Alder Hey Children's NHSFT

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

T: +44 (0)116 201 3830

E: hdunbar@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/nursingandmidwifery


Research group affiliations

Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre;  

Children's Nursing Research Unit, Alder Hey Children's NHSFT 

Publications and outputs 

Dunbar H., Carter, B. and Brown, J. (2019) Coming ‘Home’: place bonding for parents accessing or considering hospice based respite.  Health & Place57, pp.101-106.

Dunbar, H., Carter, B. and Brown, J. (2018) ‘Place bonding’ in children’s hospice care: a qualitative study. BMJ supportive & palliative care, pp.bmjspcare-2018.

Dunbar H, Carter B (2017) Editorial : A sense of belonging: the importance of fostering student nurses’ affective bonds. Journal of Child Health Care 21 (4) 367-369

Dunbar H. (2017) ‘Place Bonding’ in Children’s Hospice Care. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care Mar 2017, 7 (Suppl 1) A27; DOI: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2017-00133.72

Dunbar H, Luyt D (2011) Triggers, clinical features and management of anaphylaxis in children. Nursing Children and Young People 23 (5) :29-35

Dunbar H, Kirk K, Luyt D (2009) Specific Immunotherapy to Horse Dander in Children Clinical and Experimental Allergy 39: 1950

Dunbar H, Postle D (2001) Improving the management of asthma in under-fives.  Nursing Times 97 (31) 36-39

Dunbar H, Wensley D (2001) Guided Self-Management in Silverman M, O’Callaghan C (eds) Practical Paediatric Respiratory Medicine.  Arnold

Dunbar H, Kotecha S (2000) Domiciliary oxygen for infants with chronic lung disease of prematurity.  Care of the Critically Ill  16 (3) 90-93

Dunbar H, Luyt D (1999) Nut allergy : symptom and severity reporting.  Journal Of Child Health Care 3 (3) 9-12

Luyt D, Dunbar H, Baker H (2000) Nut allergy in children: investigation and management.    Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 93 : 283-287

O’Callaghan C, Moir A, Dunbar H (2001) Tracheostomy Care. in Silverman M, O’Callaghan C (eds) Practical Paediatric Respiratory Medicine.  Arnold

P Dawson et al (2012) Eds Oxford Handbook of Clinical skills for Children’s and Young Peoples Nursing.   OUP

Research interests/expertise

  • Paediatric Palliative Care 
  • Place Attachment/Bonding Theory
  • Belongingness and engagement
  • Children's Respiratory and Allergy 


Areas of teaching

  • Children's High Dependency Care
  • Paediatric palliative care
  • End of life, Ethics, Grief and Bereaveemnt
  • Respiratory and Allergic condiitons
  • Long term ventilation
  • Children with complex needs 
  • Non medical prescribing - legal, ethical and professional challenges 
  • Leadership in nursing 




PhD Children’s Nursing     De Montfort University, Leicester, 2017

Fellow Higher Education Academy   De Montfort University, Leicester, 2017

PGCert with NMC RTQ  De Montfort University, 2018

BTEC level 5 Diploma Management/Leadership Brighton School of Business, 2012  

Nurse Independent/Supplementary Prescriber University of Winchester, 2007  

MSc Autonomous Health Care Practice   Oxford Brookes University, 2003

BA (Hons) Health Studies De Montfort University, Leicester, 1997        



Courses taught

BSC pre-registration nursing 

Non medical prescrbing programme 

Children's High Dependency Nursing 


Membership of professional associations and societies

European Association Palliative Care Paediatric Taskforce 

Together for Short Lives /Association Paediatric Palliative Medicine 


Professional licences and certificates

Fellow, Higher Educataion Academy 2017

Nursing and Midwifery Council - Registered Nurse Children and Registered Nurse Adult, Belfast 1991            

Neurolinguistic porgramming 2011

PRINCE 2 Project management 2003


Conference attendance

 APM Supportive and Palliative Care Conference  Belfast  30 – 31 March 2017. ‘Place Bonding’ in Children’s Hospice Care. Dunbar H   Poster 

European Association for Palliative Care in Madrid, Spain on 18-20 May 2017.´Place Bonding´ - Parents´ Journeys towards a Sense of Rootedness in Children´s Hospice Care  Dunbar H   Poster 


Consultancy work

  • Department of Health Safety of Medicines in Children Committee 2003-2005
  • Department of Health, National Service Framework Paediatric Medicines Subgroup  2002 - 2004
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Medicines for Children Editorial Board 2001 - 2005


Externally funded research grants information

PhD Studentship, Rainbows Hopsice for Children and Young Pewople, Esat Midlands, Oct 2013-6


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