Mr Frazer Underwood

Mr Frazer Underwood

Honorary Clinical Fellow

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences)


Consultant Nurse - Older People / Associate Chief Nurse - Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
Honorary Clinical Fellow - University of Plymouth and Joint Director of the RCHT Clinical School


Registered Nurse

MA Applied Health Studies (Research)

Frazer Underwood holds the position, at Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust, of Consultant Nursefor Older People and is Associate Chief Nurse. He has passionately progressed aclinical nursing and academic career in rehabilitation nursing and olderpeoples care and more recently in frailty care. His current role balances a clinical commitment to new inpatientfrailty assessment and support services in the Trust, alongside a range ofsenior corporate leadership roles that includes: leading the Trust’s patient andfamily experience team; he is clinical and strategic lead for dementia care atthe Trust; and he heads up the progressive work of the Trust’s Clinical Schoolprogramme in partnership with the University of Plymouth’s School of Nursingand Midwifery.

Professional membership

Royal College of Nursing
British Geriatric Society - Vice Chair of the Nurse and AHP Council

Higher Education Academy – Associate Fellow

Roles on external bodies

Core Centre Member of The University of Plymouth Centre for Innovations in Health and Social Care: A Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence

Research interests

Frazer has an honorary appointment as Clinical Fellow with the University of Plymouthand following a regional academic internship award, he is now a PhD Candidate studyingpart-time with the University. His research is exploring the meaning andunderstanding of ‘confidence’ in older people living with frailty and the implicationsfor practice.

Wilcock M., Powell N., Underwood F. (2017) Antimicrobial stewardship and the hospital nurse and midwife: how do they perceive theirrole? Eur J Hosp Pharm Published Online First: 27 September 2017. DOI:10.1136/ejhpharm-2017-001312


Underwood F., Burrows L., Gegg R., Latour J M. & Kent B.2017. The meaning of confidence for older people living with frailty: a qualitative systematic review. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews andImplementation Reports, 15, 1316-1349. DOI: 10.11124/jbisrir-2016-002951


Underwood F., Kent B. James A. (2015) The meaning ofconfidence for older people living with frailty: a systematic review of qualitative evidence protocol. JBI Database System Rev Implement Rep 13, 62-71.DOI: 10.11124/jbisrir-2015-2074


Fleming K., Barnes B. Underwood F. (2015) Practice question.Pain assessment and management. Nursing Older People 27, 14. DOI:10.7748/nop.27.5.14.s20


Wilcock, M., Davidson, I., Underwood, F. (2014) Hospital staff views on their role in providing information to patients on medicationside effects. European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy. November 10, 2014.DOI. 10.1136/ejhpharm-2014-000554


Underwood, F. (2014) ‘Practice Question: Observations of Care.’ Nursing Older People. 26(2). p.13 DOI:10.7748/nop2014.


Underwood, F. and Burnett, W. (2012) ‘Practice Question: Care of frail older people in emergency care.’ Nursing Older People. 24(1). p.13.

Un derwood, F and McCullough, F. (2007) ‘Intermediate care services for older people: a development project’. Mental Health Practice. 11(3) p.12-16. DOI: 10.7748/nop2014.

Underwood, F. (2007) ‘Older People's Mental Health and Intermediate Care: Do we really know what's out there to help our patients?’ British Geriatric Society Newsletter Issue 11 p. 12-16. DOI:10.7748/mhp2007.


Underwood, F., Grout, G., Mouland, L. (2007) ‘Ask the Experts: Whocares? Nursing Older People. 19(6). p.20.


Underwood, F., Garrett, D., Baker, W., Waddell, B., Lloyd, C., Jerram, S.(2006) ‘Ask the Experts: What value do consultant nurses place on the white paper, ‘Our Health,Our Care, Our Say: A New Direction for Community Services’?’.Nursing Older People. 18(5). p.10-11.


Sugden, M., Waddell, B., Underwood, F. Phair, L. (2005) ‘Ask the Experts: Assistive Technology’. Nursing Older People. 17(5).p.14-15.


Underwood, F. (2004) ‘Supporting and developing new nurse prescribers in secondary care’. Nurse Prescribing 2(6). p.256-260. DOI:10.12968/npre.2004.2.6.17234


Parker, H., Phelps, K., Hewitt, G., Martin, G. and Underwood, F. (2004) Learning from Doing: benefits and challenges ofsetting up and running a nurse and therapy led intermediate care unit. Leicester: Nuffield Community Care Studies Unit, University of Leicester.


Underwood, F. (2000) ‘Unlocking the Key Worker role’. (eds.) Dooher, J. Clark, A. and Fowler, J. Case Studies on Practice Development. Wiltshire: Mark Allen Publishing.p.114-120. ISBN: 1 85642 169 4


Underwood, F. and Parker, J. (1999) Developing and evaluating an acute stroke care pathway through action research. Nurse Researcher 6(2) p.27-38. DOI: 10.7748/nr.6.2.27.s4