Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Amy O'Donnell

Primary Care Research Fellow

Background

Dr Amy O’Donnell is an NIHR School for Primary Care Research Post-Doctoral Fellow. Her fellowship work comprises: (1) a Normalisation Process Theory informed qualitative study examining the implementation of screening and brief alcohol interventions in routine primary care; (2) an Interrupted Time Series analysis of the impact of financial incentives on screening and brief alcohol intervention delivery in England. Her methodological expertise includes: systematic reviewing; qualitative methods; evaluation techniques; and the design, conduct and analysis of mixed methods research. She teaches on the MRes Introduction to systematic reviewing and advanced qualitative research modules. Current and previous research projects include: Cochrane Review of digital interventions for alcohol; EU-financed BISTAIRS (Brief interventions in the treatment of alcohol use disorders in relevant settings); HTA Evidence synthesis of treatments for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy; NIHR SIPS JR High; Remuneration for Alcohol Brief Interventions in Scotland Scoping Study for SHAAP; and and evaluations of Sunderland Hospital Liaison Psychiatry service and the NHS 111 Helpline. Previous research experience includes managing national policy evaluations for the UK Department for Work and Pensions and the UK Government Equalities Office, and leading a number of European Social Fund research programmes to promote diversity in the labour market. Her doctoral research comprised a mixed methods investigation of the extent to which routine general practice data can be used to evaluate the implementation of screening and brief alcohol interventions in UK primary health care. In addition she holds a Masters in Public Administration, PG Certificate in Organisational Excellence, and B.A. Hons. in Politics. 

  • Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Amy_ODonnell
  • Twitter: @AmyJaneODonnell
  • School for Primary Care Research: http://www.spcr.nihr.ac.uk

Research

Research Interests

  • Implementation of screening and brief alcohol interventions in primary healthcare and other relevant settings
  • Use of routine data to monitor, evaluate and improve the quality of health services
  • Mixed-methods research

Current Projects

  • NIHR School For Primary Care Research Fellowship: Mixed-methods assessment of the impact of financial and organisational change on screening and brief alcohol intervention delivery in English primary care. 
  • Sunderland Liaison Psychiatry Service Evaluation
  • Cochrane Review of Personalised digital interventions for reducing hazardous and harmful alcohol consumption in community-dwelling populations

Research Funding

  • O'Donnell A, Hanratty B and Kaner E (2015) SPCR fellowship - Mixed-methods assessment of the impact of financial and organisational change on screening and brief alcohol intervention delivery in English primary care. National Institute for Health Research  (NIHR). £135,000
  • O’Donnell A. and Kaner E. (2014) Evidencing the impact of the UK screening and brief intervention for alcohol research programme on English primary health care. Newcastle University Strategic Development Fund, £5,000
  • Stobbart L., O’Donnell A., Craig, D., Vale L., Kaner E., Rushmer R., Scott J. and Brown H (in collaboration with NHS North of England Commissioning Unit) (2014) NHS 111 Service Evaluation. Department of Health, £298,434
  • Stobbart L., O’Donnell A., Craig D., Vale L., Kaner E., Rushmer R., Scott J. and Brown H. (2014) Evaluation Partner for the NHS 111 Learning and Development Pilot Programme. NHS North of England CSU, £9,999
  • O’Donnell A., Newbury-Birch D., and Kaner E. (2014) How effective are brief interventions in reducing alcohol consumption: does place, practitioner group and content matter? London School of Hygiene, £10,000
  • Kaner E., Parkinson K., Vale L., Graybill E., McGovern R., O'Donnell A., and Stamp E. (2014) Sunderland Liaison Psychiatry Service Evaluation. Sunderland NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, £101,757
  • Kaner E, Anderson P, Newbury-Birch & O'Donnell A. (2012) BISTAIRS Good Practice on Brief Interventions to Address Alcohol Use Disorders in Primary Health Care, Workplace Health Services - Commission of the European Communities - £26,285
  • Kaner E. and O'Donnell A. (2011) Expert Testimony: Social Marketing and Alcohol Interventions, National Social Marketing Centre, £5,000
  • O'Donnell A. and Biddle P. (2011) Joint Strategic Needs Assessment research report on Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Learning Disability. Newcastle City Council, £5,000
  • O'Donnell A. and Welamedage L. (2008) Closing the Employment Gap for BME groups. One NorthEast, £17,780
  • O'Donnell A. and Moore C. (2007) Differences in political participation between ethnic groups in Scotland. Commission for Racial Equality Scotland, £14,990
  • O'Donnell A.  (2007) Healthy prisons research (in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire). Higher Education Funding Council for England, £14,882
  • O'Donnell A. and Welamedage L. (2007) Equality in the North East Evidence Base Review. One NorthEast, £18,480
  • Dobbs L., Cunningham R., and O'Donnell A. (2006) Enhancing vocational training opportunities for women in Northumberland. Learning and Skills Council / European Social Fund, £49,576
  • O'Donnell A, Biddle P. and Smith L. (2006) Evaluation of the Women into Work: Moving On Programme (Action 2). SOVA (Supporting Others through Volunteer Action), £64,426
  • O'Donnell A, Biddle P. and Smith L. (2006) Evaluation of the Women into Work: Building Futures Programme (Action 2). SOVA, £34,993
  • O'Donnell A, Dodgson M. and Smith L. (2006) Evaluation of the Equality Assurance Process Pilot Project. SOVA, £7,808
  • O'Donnell A, Biddle P. and Smith L. (2006) Evaluation of the Women into Work: Building Futures Programme (Action 3). SOVA, £8,350
  • O'Donnell A, Biddle P. and Smith L. (2006) Evaluation of the Women into Work: Moving On Programme (Action 3). SOVA, £17,625
  • Dobbs L., Cunningham R., and O'Donnell A. (2004) The use of evidence to tackle gender discrimination in employment. European Social Fund, £288,328


Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Social Science Tutor, Medicine in the Community, MBBS 
  • Essential Junior Rotation in Public Health 

Postgraduate Teaching 

  • MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research - Further Qualitative Research Methods
  • MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research - Introduction to systematic reviewing and critical appraisal
  • MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research - Public Health Intervention


Publications