Ms Miriam Noonan

Ms Miriam Noonan

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

I teach on a variety of modules for both the undergraduate and postgraduate occupational therapy programmes. In addition to teaching I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research students. I have worked in a variety of settings in the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland since qualifying as an occupational therapist in 2007. These include primary care, vocational rehabilitation, as well as acute, and community mental health services, including learning disabilities. I have predominantly worked with adults. I have a keen interest in research, in particular the occupational impact of engaging in a caregiving (family/friend carers) role and the influence caregivers have on patient health and well-being. 


PhD Medical Studies (University of Exeter, 2020)

Certificate Management of Chronic Illness (National University of Ireland, Galway, 2016)

BSc in Occupational Therapy (University College Cork, Ireland, 2007)

Professional membership

HCPC Registered

Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists 

Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Teaching interests

I teach and mark on a range of modules across the BSc (Hons) and MSc pre-registration programmes in Occupational Therapy. 

I have module leadership responsibility for OCT408: Occupational Studies: Foundations for Occupational Therapy Practice 2.

My teaching interests include

·    Mental Health - adult and child

·    Vocational Rehabilitation 

·    Mixed methodologies

·    Occupational Science

Research interests

My principal research interests include caregivers (family/friend carers) and the impact of engaging in this role on health and well-being. 

My PhD research focused on caregivers and patients living with Heart Failure. I examined the impact of a home based cardiac rehabilitation intervention on the quality of life of caregivers as well as the impact on patient outcomes when caregivers are formally involved in the design and delivery of self-management interventions. 


Other research

I have been involved with the training of NHS staff as part of the NIHR funded (Reference Number RP-PG-1210-12004) rehabilitation enablement in chronic heart failure (REACH-HF) programme. My role involved training facilitators to engage with caregivers in the delivery of the intervention. 2020

I was one of two Occupational Therapists providing a vocational rehabilitation intervention as part of a European Union funded study delivered by the University of Limerick, Ireland. The ‘Working with Arthritis: Strategies and Solutions’ program was an occupational therapy (OT) led vocational rehabilitation (VR) program aimed at supporting people with arthritis to access, remain in or return to work. 2013-2015.

I was active in leading service wide audits when working as an occupational therapist in Mental Health services. This included evaluation of recovery care plans. The outcome of this evaluation led to a service wide update of recovery care plans with increased accessibility for service users and their families. 2009 - 2013. 


Noonan, M.C., Wingham, J., Dalal, H.M. & Taylor, RS (2019). Involving caregivers in self‐management interventions for patients with heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A systematic review and meta‐analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 75 (12).

Noonan M.C., Wingham J, Taylor RS (2018). ’Who Cares?' The experiences of caregivers of adults living with heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and coronary artery disease: a mixed methods systematic review. BMJ Open, 8:e020927. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020927

Wingham, J., Frost, J., Britten, N., Greaves, C., Abraham, C., Warren, F. C..…..Noonan, M.C., Dalal, H., & Taylor, R. S. (2019). Caregiver outcomes of the REACH-HF multicentre randomized controlled trial of home-based rehabilitation for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Conference Papers

Noonan, M.C., Wingham, J., Taylor, R.S.T. (2018). Who cares? The experience of caregivers of adults living with heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or coronary artery disease: a mixed methods systematic review. The Southwest Society for Academics in Primary Care Annual Conference. Plymouth, UK. March 2018. 

Noonan, M.C., Wingham, J., Taylor, R.S.T. (2017). The experiences of caregivers of adults living with heart failure, COPD or coronary artery disease. British Association of Cardiovascular and Preventative Rehabilitation. London, UK. 

Noonan, M.C., Harte, C. (2016). The delivery of a Recovery Through Activity group in a rural community mental health service in the West of Ireland. Limerick, Ireland, 2016.

Noonan, M.C., Crowe-Mullins, E (2015). The experiences of occupational therapists in Ireland using the Wellness Recovery Action Plan as an intervention. Galway, Ireland, 2015.

Noonan, M.C., Irvine, S., Prendeville, M.C. (2012). Ag Briseadh Trid. The provision of an occupational therapy group in a locked male ward. Dublin, Ireland 2012. 


Noonan, M.C. (2019). Carers and chronic illness interventions. Royal College of Occupational Therapists annual conference, Birmingham, UK. June, 2019. 

Noonan, M.C. (2019). Does involving caregivers in the delivery of self-management interventions improve the quality of life outcome of heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients? EuroHeartCare, Milan, Italy. May, 2019.

Noonan, M.C. (2016). Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). The experiences of Occupational Therapists in Ireland. ENOTHE-COTEC, Galway, Ireland. June 2016.

Other Publications

Noonan, M.C. (2018). Clinician to researcher: reflections on a journey. OTnews:Royal college of occupational therapists. 26(6), 50-52.

Conferences organised

Member of the organising committee for the Annual Research Event (ARE) for University of Exeter postgraduate students. 2019.

Conference committee member for Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI). 2016.

Other academic activities


BMJ Open 2019 - Present

Journal of Mental Health 2019 - Present

British Journal of Occupational Therapy 2019 - Present

Aging and Mental Health 2019

Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy 2013