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Professor Jayne Brown

Job: Professor of Palliative Care

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Nursing and Midwifery

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

T: +44 (0)116 201 3961




Research group affiliations

  • Centre for the Promotion of Excellence in Palliative Care (CPEP)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre
  • Health Policy Research Unit.

Research interests/expertise

  • Palliative Care
  • End of Life Care
  • Health and social care needs of older people
  • Family carers
  • Practice development in palliative and gerontological nursing
  • Decision making in clinical practice.

Areas of teaching

  • Palliative care
  • End of life issues
  • Care of older people and family carers
  • Practice Development in gerontological nursing
  • Leadership in nursing.


University of Sheffield PhD: Student nurses’ experience of learning to care for older people in enriched environments: a constructivist inquiry 2006

University of Sheffield Master of Medical Science in Clinical Nursing 1996

University of Sheffield Post Graduate Certificate in Education 1996

University of Sheffield Diploma in Health Care Studies (Distinction) 1993

University of Sheffield Certificate in Health Care Studies (Distinction) 1992

Courses taught

Prof. Brown contributes to the Masters in Palliative Care, and pre-registration nursing courses.

Membership of professional associations and societies

Palliative Care Research Association

International Palliative Care Family carer Research Collaboration (IPCFRC)

Professional licences and certificates

North Trent College of Nursing & Midwifery Registered General Nurse 1990
English National Board Registered Nurse Tutor 1996

Conference attendance

  • Brown Jayne (2012) September: An invited presentation Napier University Edinburgh. The Senses Framework
  • Brown Jayne; Seymour Jane Unbiased Group(2012) June: An invited presentation European Association of Palliative Care World Congress Trondheim (Norway) Nurses Beliefs, Attitudes and Behaviours in Palliative Sedation: Evidence from a Multicentre Study in the UK, associated with current ESRC grant
  • Brown Jayne; Bird Lydia; Seymour Jane (2012) June: European Association of Palliative Care. World Congress Trondheim (Norway). Comparison of the Incidence and Characteristics of Sedation Practice in the End of Life Care of Cancer Patients in the UK Hospice and Hospital Settings. Paper, associated with current ESRC grant I was working on in Nottingham.
  • Wilson Eleanor; Brown Jayne (2012) March: Marie Curie Annual Palliative Care Conference, London. Nurses’ decisions to use anticipatory prescriptions in end of life care: study overview. Poster associated with current Marie Curie grant.
  • Seymour Jane, Brown Jayne (2012) April: Palliative Care Congress Gateshead. ‘There’s always something else we can do’: meanings and experiences with sedation in end of life care among specialist palliative care staff. Paper associated with current ESRC grant I was working on in Nottingham.
  • Brown Jayne (2011) The Senses Framework in Practice’ Key note paper to National Conference of Allied Health Professionals Scotland.
  • Brown, J. (2009) Family Caring across Europe: Key note presentation for the National Carers Conference – Carers Scotland. Exploring Family Caring in Europe.

Consultancy work

Prof. Brown has expertise in developing nursing practice, nursing leadership health and social care of older people, care homes, family carers, palliative care, hospice care, end of life care, nursing, nursing practice, nurse leadership (available).

Current research students

1st Supervisor to student to be appointed on 18 June 2012, to commence October 2012

Externally funded research grants information

  • 2011 Marie Curie - (Seymour, Brown, Addington-Hall, Payne, Mathers) Understanding the role of nurses in decisions to use anticipatory prescriptions to manage symptoms and distress in the last days of life: a prospective community based case study using mixed methods (£166,000).
  • 2009 NHS 24- (Brown, Cund, Tolson) Evaluation of the role of Band 5 and Band 6 nurses (£5,000).
  • 2008-2009 QNIS (Scotland) Partnerships in Care Project – (Tolson, Brown, Roome) Development and testing of an educational intervention to promote partnership working between community nurses, older patients and family carers (£20,000).
  • 2007-2010 NHS Education for Scotland. The PLACE Project - The profile of learning achievements in care project (Brown, Tolson, Duffy). A project to develop and test instruments for evaluating the clinical learning environment and user involvement from the perspective not only of student nurses but also those of older people, family carers, qualified nurses, and paid carers. Produce a tool kit for use by Charge nurses (£120,000).

Internally funded research project information

PhD studentship exploring the end of life care needs of families affected by genetic conditions, commencing October 2012.

Professional esteem indicators

Reviewer for:

  • International Journal of Nursing Studies
  • Symbolic Interaction
  • BMC Palliative Care
  • Journal of Advanced Nursing
  • NIHR Health Services Research Programme

Case studies

The majority of my research has focused on developing practice in the care of older people and family carers in a variety of settings. For example I have been privileged to take a key role in the development and testing of the ‘Senses Framework’ (Nolan et al 2002, 2007).

Several major research studies have shown this framework to be effective in creating an enriched environment of care for older people in a variety of clinical settings and it has been used by a wide range of clinicians and researchers both nationally and internationally, for example, the EU funded project Services for Supporting Family Carers of Elderly People in Europe: Characteristics, Coverage and Usage: EUROFAMCARE, which employed the Senses Framework as an analytical lens.

This six country study looked at the support needs of family carers across Europe. As UK co-ordinator I was responsible for developing an extensive questionnaire which was translated and used in 6 countries. As a result colleagues and I were invited to address members of the European Parliament in relation to the needs of family carers across Europe and I also appeared on national television in Poland to discuss carer issues.

The ‘Senses Framework’ has also been highly influential in the UK being frequently cited in health policy in the UK in documents such as Care 21 Scotland, and the National Service Framework for Older People for example. The findings from my own doctoral thesis ‘Student nurses’ experience of learning to care for older people in enriched environments: a constructivist inquiry’, which used the Senses Framework to explore factors which supported student nurses in choosing to work with older people contributed to ‘My Home Life’, a national initiative aimed at improving quality of life of those living and working in care homes.

Following on from my thesis I gained a research grant from NHS Education Scotland (the PLACE study) to develop and introduce an a toolkit designed to profile the clinical learning environment from the perspective not only of students, but also of qualified nurses, care assistants, older people and family carers. The Senses Framework has also been highlighted by the Commission on improving dignity in care in their recent report ‘Delivering Dignity: Securing dignity in care for older people in hospitals and care’.

Jayne Brown