Dr Nicola Brennan
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Dr Nicola Brennan

Research Fellow - Literature Reviews

Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research Assessment (Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry)

Role

Nicola Brennan has a social science background and has worked as a medical education researcher in the Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry for over 10 years.  She is currently a Senior Research Fellow in Literature reviews in the Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research Assessment (CAMERA)  at the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.

Qualifications

2001-2006     PhD in Human Geography (Economic) 
                         National University of Ireland Maynooth

2000-2001       M.A. in Geographical Analysis 
                        National University of Ireland Maynooth

1997-2000     Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Geography & Mathematical Studies 
                         National University of Ireland Maynooth

Research interests

Nicola Brennan is a medical education researcher. Her research investigates:

1. Remediation of doctors
2. Appraisal of doctors
3. Doctors preparedness for practise.

Her research involves a range of methodologies including realist and systematic literature reviews, qualitative and mixed methodologies.

Grants & contracts

Maynard V, Hill A, Rigby-Jones A, Cooper G, Green C, Johnson R, Cooper N, Brennan N, Collett T. Preparedness for practice: the perceptions of new Physician Associate graduates and their clinical supervisors. PUPSMD Education Awards £4,732.90, 2017.

Brennan N, Bryce M, Wong G, Archer J A realist evaluation of appraisal of doctors. PhD Studentship PUPSMD R&D Committee Awarded £50,940, 2016

Wong G, Brennan N, Mattick K, Pearson M,'Interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing of doctors in training: a realist review'. NIHR HS&DR 13/97/24 Awarded £187,260.80,  2014.

Archer, J., Brennan, N, Regan De Bere, S. and Bryce, M. 'Current practice for supporting the maintenance of professional competence in practising doctors: Strategic Review of the Medical Council of Ireland’s arrangements for the maintenance of professional competence'. Medical Council of Ireland. Awarded €14,100,  2013.

Edwards, S., Brennan, N. & Mattick, K. 'Exploring students decisions to access medical information resources’. MEDEV Mini-Projects. Awarded £5,000, 2010.

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Brennan N, Bryce M, Pearson M, Wong G, Cooper C & Archer J 2017 'Towards an understanding of how appraisal of doctors produces its effects: a realist review' Medical Education Author Site , DOI PEARL
Wong G, Brennan N, Mattick K, Pearson M, Briscoe S & Papoutsi C 2015 'Interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing of doctors in training: the IMPACT (IMProving Antimicrobial presCribing of doctors in Training) realist review' BMJ Open 5, (10) e009059-e009059 , DOI PEARL
Brennan N, Edwards S, Kelly N, Miller A, Harrower L & Mattick K 2014 'Qualified doctor and medical students' use of resources for accessing information: what is used and why?' Health Info Libr J 31, (3) 204-214 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Brennan N, Bryce M, Pearson M, Wong G, Cooper C & Archer J 2014 'Understanding how appraisal of doctors produces its effects: a realist review protocol' BMJ Open 4, Author Site , DOI PEARL
Brennan N & Mattick K 2013 'A systematic review of educational interventions to change behaviour of prescribers in hospital settings, with a particular emphasis on new prescribers' Br J Clin Pharmacol 75, (2) 359-372 Author Site , DOI
Brennan N, Barnes R, Calnan M, Corrigan O, Dieppe P & Entwistle V 2013 'Trust in the health-care provider-patient relationship: a systematic mapping review of the evidence base' Int J Qual Health Care 25, (6) 682-688 Author Site , DOI
Bleakley A & Brennan N 2011 'Does undergraduate curriculum design make a difference to readiness to practice as a junior doctor?' Medical Teacher 33, 459-467
Brennan N & Mattick K 2011 'Exploring the Map of Medicine's potential in undergraduate medical education' Med Teach 33, (8) e454-e460 Author Site , DOI
Brennan N, Mattick K & Ellis T 2011 'The Map of Medicine: a review of evidence for its impact on healthcare' Health Info Libr J 28, (2) 93-100 Author Site , DOI
Brennan N, Corrigan O, Allard J, Archer J, Barnes R, Bleakley A, Collett T & de Bere SR 2010 'The transition from medical student to junior doctor: today's experiences of Tomorrow's Doctors' Med Educ 44, (5) 449-458 Author Site , DOI
Brennan N & Breathnach P 2009 'The spatiality of Irish manufacturing linkages in the ‘Celtic Tiger’ era' Irish Geography 42, (1) 7-22 , DOI