Dr 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 (Hons) in Occupational Therapy (University College Cork, Ireland, 2007)
Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
I teach and mark on a range of modules across the BSc (Hons), MOccTh (Hons),MSc pre-registration and MSc post-registration programmes in Occupational Therapy.
I have module leadership responsibility for OCT407: Occupational Studies: Foundations for Occupational Therapy Practice 2 &OCT408: Occupational Studies: Foundations for Occupational Therapy Practice 2.
Pathway lead for MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy
My teaching interests include
· Mental Health - adult and child
· Vocational Rehabilitation
· Mixed methodologies
· Occupational Science
My principal research interests include caregivers (family/friend carers) and the impact of this role on health and well-being, co-occupations among younger spouses living with long-term conditions and the influence of digital technology on health and well-being.
I am a member of the Researchers in Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group
I am happy to discuss PhD opportunities regarding co-occupations, long-term conditions, mental health and caregivers.
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.
I currently supervise two PhD students.
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.
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
MSc APPOT - Katar Cassar (2021)
Grants & contracts
Plymouth Institute of Health Research Pump Priming Fund (2022)- £3000: Identifying the research priorities for End of life/ Palliative care in the South west - part of the Researchers in Palliative and End of Life care group
Elizabeth Casson Conference Award (2022)
Key publications are highlightedJournals
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). https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.14172
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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474515119850011
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.
Noonan, M.C. (2018). Clinician to researcher: reflections on a journey. OTnews:Royal college of occupational therapists. 26(6), 50-52.
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
European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 2022 - Present
Journal of Mental Health 2019 - 2022
British Journal of Occupational Therapy 2019 - 2022
Aging and Mental Health 2019
Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy 2013