Dr Marie Bryce
Senior Research Fellow (CAMERA)
Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)
- Healthcare workforce
- Health professional regulation
- Qualitative research
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Senior Research Fellow, based in Peninsula Medical School and Peninsula Dental School, working as part of the Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research (CAMERa).
I lead the CAMERa research group's professional regulation research theme.
I have worked at the University of Plymouth since 2013, carrying out healthcare workforce research, with a particular focus on professional regulation, including evaluating medical revalidation and its impacts on the medical profession as part of the UMbRELLA research team between 2015-2018.
Previously, I was an Associate Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter between 2010-2012, researching models of continuing professional development for teachers and teachers’ professional identities.
I completed my PhD in history of education in 2010. My doctoral thesis, written under my maiden name Dunkerley, examined 'Education policies and the development of the colonial state in the Belgian Congo, 1916-1939' and covered a range of topics including the political motivations for education provision, training for emergent occupational groups, and the provision of medical education.
2005-2010: PhD History, University of Exeter
2004-2005: MA History, University of Exeter
2000-2004: BA (Hons) History and French, University of Exeter
- Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy/AdvanceHE
- British Sociological Association - Medical Sociology group (BSA MedSoc)
- Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME)
- International Network for Health Workforce Education (INHWE)
I lead CAMERa’s professional regulation research theme, and my research primarily focuses on the role of professional regulation in setting standards and expectations for the health professions and the impacts of regulatory policies and interventions on professional practice. I am especially interested in the relationship between regulation and professional identity, and in exploring how regulation may help or hinder initiatives to address current challenges of workforce sustainability in the NHS. More broadly, my work seeks to add to our understanding of the nature of professional work and the place of professions in society.
My research crosses multiple disciplines including health policy, health services research, and clinical education. My background is as a qualitative social scientist, and I design, lead and collaborate across a range of study types including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods studies, and systematic, narrative and realist reviews.
My current and recent research centres on:
- The identification and management of concerns about health professionals' conduct and behaviour, including regulatory fitness to practise procedures and organisational performance management processes.
- Medical revalidation and appraisal processes.
- Challenges to healthcare professionals' wellbeing.
- Professional migration and the challenges it presents to national regulatory systems.
- Sociology of professions.
Grants & contracts
Bryce M, Gale T, Hanks S, O’Brien T, Zahra D. ‘Unlocking the potential of fitness to practise data.’ August 2020-January 2022, £151,711, General Dental Council.
Bryce M, Read J, Zahra D. ‘Resilience training for GP trainees: an extended evaluation.’ April-July 2021, £9,692, Health Education England South West.
Bryce M (co-PI), Gale T (co-PI), Endacott R, O’Brien T, Price T, Quick O. ‘The concept of seriousness in fitness to practise.’ £124,675, General Dental Council/Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2020-21.
Bryce M, Archer J, Read J. 'Evaluating resilience training for GP trainees.' £9,500, Health Education England South West, 2017.
Mills I, Hanks S, Burns L, Bryce M. ‘Recruitment and retention in dentistry: developing a research programme.’ February-July 2022. £9,050, University of Plymouth Faculty of Health Strategic Investment Fund.
Gale T, Bryce M, Burns L, Hanks S, Zahra D. ‘Review and mapping of basic dental training in EU member states.’ £20,026, General Dental Council, 2019-20.
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Reports & invited lectures
NIHR Incubator for Clinical Education Research Webinar, with Dr Nicola Brennan, on 'Mastering the basics: Routes to impact', September 2022.
Discussion panellist, 'Stakeholder perspectives on proposed reform', part of 'Next steps for professional healthcare regulation in the UK', Westminster Health Forum policy conference, July 2022.
‘Implementing regulatory reform: the challenges and opportunities of medical revalidation’, Leaders in Healthcare 2018, BMJ Events/Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, Birmingham, November 2018.
‘Revalidation and professionalism: learning from a national evaluation’, NHS England (London Region) Responsible Officer Network event ‘Professionalism in medicine – arising issues’, London, September 2018.