CLAHRC Research Fellow, Community Palliative Care Nurse
After qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 2003 and gaining extensive experience in community nursing, Ben specialised in palliative and end of life care. Ben was awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse in 2009 in recognition of providing high levels of commitment to patient care and community nursing practice.
Ben’s current research project is to investigate and summarise the current knowledge of the use and impact of anticipatory medications in end of life care. Working with Dr Stephen Barclay, he is undertaking a systematic review of current knowledge around anticipatory prescribing in adult end of life care in the community. Ben is also undertaking a qualitative study exploring General Practitioners’ views, experiences and decision-making concerning anticipatory prescribing for adults at home in their last days of life.
Bowers B, Redsell S (2017) A qualitative study of community nurses’ decision-making around the anticipatory prescribing of end-of-life medications. Journal of Advanced Nursing (publication pending)
Bowers B (2016) Care in the last days of life (Guest editorial). British Journal of Community Nursing; 21(4): 169
Bowers B (2015) Recognising metastatic spinal cord compression. British Journal of Community Nursing; 20(4): 162-5
Bowers B (2014) Quality indicators in primary care. Primary Health Care; 24(2): 32-4
Bowers B, Pellett C (2013) Measuring the clinical effectiveness of district nurses. British Journal of Community Nursing; 18(7): 332-7
Bowers B (2011) Managing change by empowering staff. Nursing Times; 107(32/33):19-21
Bowers B, Roderick S, Arnold S (2010) Improving integrated team working to support people to die in the place of their choice. Nursing Times; 106(32): 14-6
Ben holds a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Fellowship and is attached to the Primary Care Unit at the University of Cambridge