Dr Nicola Brennan
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Dr Nicola Brennan

Senior Research Fellow in Medical Education

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)

Biography

Biography

Nicola Brennan has a social science background and has worked as a medical education researcher for over 13 years. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow in Medical Education in the Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research Assessment (CAMERA) at the Peninsula Medical School.

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

Key publications

Price T, Wong G, Withers L, Wanner A, Cleland J, Gale T, Prescott-Clements L, Archer J, Bryce M & Brennan N (2021) 'Optimising the delivery of remediation programmes for doctors: A realist review' Medical Education , DOI
Brennan N, Price T, Archer J, Brett J & Brennan N (2019) 'Remediating professionalism lapses in medical students and doctors: a systematic review' Medical Education , DOI Open access
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 Open access
Papoutsi C, Mattick K, Pearson M, Brennan N, Briscoe S & Wong G (2017) 'Social and professional influences on antimicrobial prescribing for doctors-in-training: a realist review' Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 72, (9) 2418-2430 , DOI Open access
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 Open access
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Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

Nicola is also a Lecturer in Medical Education and leads on the supervision of Global Health projects for students at the dissertation stage of the MSc In Global Health. 

Research

Research

Research interests

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

1. Remediation of doctors

2. Appraisal of doctors

3. Doctors preparedness for practice

4. Migration of doctors 

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

Grants & contracts

Gale T, Brennan N, Read J, Khalil H, Mattick K. Preparedness of recent medical graduates to meet anticipated healthcare needs. General Medical Council Awarded, £94,779.00. July 2020 - March 2021.

Brennan N, Bryce M, Gale T, Knapton A, Humphries N. Drivers of international migration of doctors to and from the United Kingdom. General Medical Council Awarded £48,236.00. December 2019 - June 2020.

Bryce M, Brennan N, Cockerill J. Learning from exclusions. NHS Resolution, Practitioners Performance Advice Service. £9,854 February 2020 - May 2020.

Brennan N, Wong G, Cleland J, Prescott-Clements L, Withers L, Gale T, Archer J Remediating doctors performance to restore patient safety: A realist review. NIHR HS&DR 17/06/04 £207,697.00, 2017.

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 £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.

Publications

Publications

Key publications

Price T, Wong G, Withers L, Wanner A, Cleland J, Gale T, Prescott-Clements L, Archer J, Bryce M & Brennan N (2021) 'Optimising the delivery of remediation programmes for doctors: A realist review' Medical Education , DOI
Brennan N, Price T, Archer J, Brett J & Brennan N (2019) 'Remediating professionalism lapses in medical students and doctors: a systematic review' Medical Education , DOI Open access
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 Open access
Papoutsi C, Mattick K, Pearson M, Brennan N, Briscoe S & Wong G (2017) 'Social and professional influences on antimicrobial prescribing for doctors-in-training: a realist review' Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 72, (9) 2418-2430 , DOI Open access
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 Open access

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Price T, Wong G, Withers L, Wanner A, Cleland J, Gale T, Prescott-Clements L, Archer J, Bryce M & Brennan N (2021) 'Optimising the delivery of remediation programmes for doctors: A realist review' Medical Education , DOI
Price T, Brennan N, Wong G, Withers L, Cleland J, Wanner A, Gale T, Prescott-Clements L, Archer J & Bryce M (2021) 'Remediation programmes for practising doctors to restore patient safety: the RESTORE realist review' Health Services and Delivery Research 9, (11) 1-116 , DOI
Brennan N, Price T, Archer J, Brett J & Brennan N (2019) 'Remediating professionalism lapses in medical students and doctors: a systematic review' Medical Education , DOI Open access
Mattick K, Brennan NM, Briscoe S, Papoutsi C & Pearson M (2019) 'Optimising feedback for early career professionals: a scoping review and new framework' Medical Education 53, (4) 355-368 , DOI Open access
Paisi M, Kay E, Plessas A, Burns L, Quinn C, Brennan N & White S (2019) 'Barriers and enablers to accessing dental services for people experiencing homelessness: A systematic review' Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology Author Site , DOI Open access
Price T, Brennan N, Cleland J, Prescott-Clements L, Wanner A, Withers L, Wong G & Archer J (2018) 'Remediating doctors' performance to restore patient safety: a realist review protocol' BMJ Open 8, (10) e025943-e025943 Author Site , DOI Open access
Papoutsi C, Mattick K, Pearson M, Brennan N, Briscoe S & Wong G (2018) 'Interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing of doctors in training (IMPACT): a realist review' Health Services and Delivery Research 6, (10) 1-136 , DOI
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 Open access
Papoutsi C, Mattick K, Pearson M, Brennan N, Briscoe S & Wong G (2017) 'Social and professional influences on antimicrobial prescribing for doctors-in-training: a realist review' Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 72, (9) 2418-2430 , DOI Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
Bleakley A & Brennan N (2011) 'Does undergraduate curriculum design make a difference to readiness to practice as a junior doctor?' Medical Teacher 33, (6) 459-467 , DOI Open access
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 Open access
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 Open access
Brennan N & Breathnach P (2009) 'The spatiality of Irish manufacturing linkages in the ‘Celtic Tiger’ era' Irish Geography 42, (1) 7-22 , DOI
Reports
Bryce ME, Archer J, Brennan N, Burns L, O'Brien T & Price T (2018) Fitness to practise: Impairment and serious misconduct - a narrative synthesis review. General Dental Council Publisher Site
Brennan N, Papoutsi C, Mattick K, Pearson M, Briscoe S & Wong G (2018) Interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing of doctors in training (IMPACT): a realist review. , DOI Open access