NIHR SPCR PhD Student, Queen’s Nurse
Community Palliative Care Nurse
After qualifying as a registered nurse in 2003 and gaining extensive experience in district nursing, Ben specialised in palliative and end-of-life care. He has held the title of Queen’s Nurse since 2009 in recognition of his ongoing commitment to patient-centered care and evidence-based practice. Ben is a practicing Community Palliative Care Nurse.
Ben’s recent mixed-methods doctoral research investigated community end-of-life anticipatory prescribing practice and patients’, family caregivers’ and healthcare professionals’ perspectives of this care. Ben’s postdoctoral research interests include improving systems for using end-of-life care medications at home.
Co-founder of the UK-wide Community Nursing Research Community of Practice.
Finalist for the RCNi Community Nurse of the Year Award (2020)
Visiting Research Fellow, Cardiff University School of Medicine (2021 – 2024)
Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Nursing Studies Advances (2021 – current)
Editorial Board Member for the British Journal of Community Nursing (2013 – current)
Department of Health Community Advisor (2012 – 2015)
NIHR (SPARC) Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (2020 – 2021)
NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) Doctoral Scholarship (2018 – 2021)
Royal College of Nursing Foundation Professional Bursary (2018) (2019) (2021)
NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Fellow (2017)
Bowers B, Pollock K, Barclay S. Unwelcome memento mori or best clinical practice? Community end-of-life anticipatory medication prescribing practice: a mixed methods observational study. Palliative Medicine 2022; 36(1): 95-104
Papavasiliou E, Hoare S, Bowers B, Kelly MP, Barclay S. Out-of-hours services and end-of-life hospital admissions: A complex intervention systematic review and narrative synthesis. British Journal of General Practice 2021; 71(711): e780-e787
Bowers B, Pollock K, Dickman A, Ryan R, Barclay S. Anticipatory syringe pumps: benefits and risks. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care Published Online First: 19 January 2021
Bowers B, Pollock K, Oldman C, Barclay S. End-of-life care during COVID-19: opportunities and challenges for community nursing. British Journal of Community Nursing 2021; 26(1): 44-46
Bowers B, Barclay SS, Pollock K, Barclay S. General Practitioners’ decisions about prescribing end-of-life anticipatory medications: a qualitative study. British Journal of General Practice 2020; 70(699) e731-739
Bowers B, Pollock K, Lovick, R, Antunes B, Higginson IJ, Barclay S. Unintended consequences of rapid changes in community palliative care practice. BJGP Life 2 November 2020
Antunes B, Bowers B, Winterburn I, et al. Anticipatory prescribing in community end-of-life care in the UK and Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic: online survey. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2020; 10: 343-349
Bowers B, Pollock K, Barclay S. Administration of end-of-life drugs by family caregivers during covid-19 pandemic. British Medical Journal 2020; 369: m1615
Bowers B, Lovick R, Pollock K, Barclay S. Patient and public involvement in general practice research. British Journal of General Practice 2020; 70 (694): 220-221
Bowers B, Ryan R, Kuhn I, Barclay S. Anticipatory prescribing of injectable medications for adults at the end of life in the community: A systematic literature review and narrative synthesis. Palliative Medicine 2019; 33(2): 160-177