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Dr Sarah Brand

Senior Research Fellow

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Overview

I am a Senior Research Fellow in Implementation Science in PenARC. The PenARC Implementation Science Group support projects and partners in the University of Exeter and in social care, public health, and health care services in the SW and Nationally to conduct high quality implementation research. 

My research focuses on how to create and put in to practice the kind of rich evidence that will help our health and social care systems work better for the people who use and deliver them. A key aim is to encourage explicit and intentional evidence-based adaptation to context in implementation. I use mixed-method theory-led evaluation approaches to understand and articulate how interventions interact with setting and population. I have a particular interest in the use of realist and rapid realist approaches in formative and process evaluation to inform implementation (Brand et al., Building programme theory to develop more adaptable and scalable complex interventions: Realist formative process evaluation prior to full trial).

Research

Research projects

Evidence-Based Supported Digital Intervention for Improving Wellbeing and Health of people living in Care Homes (WHELD) During COVID-19 (2020-2021) 

Role: Co-Investigator: implementation evaluation lead 

Funder: DHSC/UKRI COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative 

Principal Investigator: Ballard, Clive 

Implementation of the Healthy Parent Carers programme: a collaboration between the University of Exeter Medical School and the Council for Disabled Children (2020-2021) 

Role: Co-Investigator: methodologist 

Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA): Strategic Initiative Fund 

Principal Investigator: Morris, Chris (PenCRU) 

Understanding the implementation of children’s social care policy in Wales: A Study of the new Child Sexual Exploitation Guidance (2020-2022) 

Role: Co-Investigator: methodologist 

Funder: Social Care Research Grants, Health and Care Research Wales (SCG-19-1677) 

Principal Investigator: Diaz, Clive (CASCADE, Cardiff University) 

Developing research resources And minimum data set for Care Homes' Adoption and use (the DACHA study) (2019-2023)  

Role: Co-Investigator: implementation methodologist 

Funder: NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research commissioned call: 18/11 

Principal Investigator: Goodman, Claire (Herts) 

Time Credits as a Social Prescription: Coproduction of a Conceptual Framework, Programme Evaluation and Social Return on Investment (2019-2021) 

Role: Chief Investigator and co-Principal Investigator 

Funder: Social Care Research Grants, Health and Care Research Wales (SCG-17-1472) 

Prevention of mental health deterioration during transition from statutory care to independence: what works to support the mental health of care leavers, for whom, and under which circumstances (2019-2023) 

Role: PhD supervisor and lead applicant 

Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership collaborative studentships

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Brand S, Owens C (In Press). Engaging people with common mental health problems who are experiencing the criminal justice system: What are the key elements of good practice and how do they ‘work’?. Health and Justice Journal
Byng R, Kirkpatrick T, Lennox C, Warren FC, Anderson R, Brand SL, Callaghan L, Carroll L, Durcan G, Gill L, et al (In Press). Evaluation of a complex intervention for prisoners with common mental health problems, near to and after release: the Engager randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Psychiatry Abstract.
Benson O, Gibson S, Brand SL (In Press). The impact of participating in online qualitative suicide research. Journal of Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviours
Brand SL, Gibson S, Burt S, Boden Z, Benson O (In Press). Understanding treatment non-adherence in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder: a survey of what service users do and why. BMC Psychiatry, 13
Peryer G, Kelly S, Blake J, Burton JK, Irvine L, Cowan A, Akdur G, Killett A, Brand SL, Musa MK, et al (2022). Contextual factors influencing complex intervention research processes in care homes: a systematic review and framework synthesis. Age Ageing, 51(3). Abstract.  Author URL.
Musa MK, Akdur G, Brand S, Killett A, Spilsbury K, Peryer G, Burton JK, Gordon AL, Hanratty B, Towers A-M, et al (2022). The uptake and use of a minimum data set (MDS) for older people living and dying in care homes: a realist review. BMC Geriatr, 22(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Stabler L, Evans R, Scourfield J, Morgan F, Weightman A, Willis S, Searchfield L, Meindl M, Wood S, Nurmatov U, et al (2021). A scoping review of system-level mechanisms to prevent children being in out-of-home care. The British Journal of Social Work, 52(5), 2515-2536.
Rybczynska-Bunt S, Weston L, Byng R, Stirzaker A, Lennox C, Pearson M, Brand S, Maguire M, Durcan G, Graham J, et al (2021). Clarifying realist analytic and interdisciplinary consensus processes in a complex health intervention: a worked example of Judgemental Rationality in action. Evaluation, 27(4), 473-491.
Lennox C, Stevenson R, Owens C, Byng R, Brand SL, Maguire M, Durcan G, Stevenson C, Shaw J, Quinn C, et al (2021). Using multiple case studies of health and justice services to inform the development of a new complex intervention for prison-leavers with common mental health problems (Engager). Health Justice, 9(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Brand SL, Quinn C, Pearson M, Lennox C, Owens C, Kirkpatrick T, Callaghan L, Stirzaker A, Michie S, Maguire M, et al (2019). Building programme theory to develop more adaptable and scalable complex interventions: Realist formative process evaluation prior to full trial. Evaluation, 25(2), 149-170. Abstract.
Brand SL, Morgan F, Stabler L, Weightman AL, Willis S, Searchfield L, Nurmatov U, Kemp AM, Turley R, Scourfield J, et al (2019). Mapping the evidence about what works to safely reduce the entry of children and young people into statutory care: a systematic scoping review protocol. BMJ Open, 9(8), e026967-e026967. Abstract.
Kirkpatrick T, Lennox C, Taylor R, Anderson R, Maguire M, Haddad M, Michie S, Owens C, Durcan G, Stirzaker A, et al (2018). Evaluation of a complex intervention (Engager) for prisoners with common mental health problems, near to and after release: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 8(2). Abstract.  Author URL.
Sheaff R, Brand SL, Lloyd H, Wanner A, Fornasiero M, Briscoe S, Valderas JM, Byng R, Pearson M (2018). From programme theory to logic models for multispecialty community providers: a realist evidence synthesis. Health Services and Delivery Research, 6(24), 1-210. Abstract.
Lennox C, Kirkpatrick T, Taylor RS, Todd R, Greenwood C, Haddad M, Stevenson C, Stewart A, Shenton D, Carroll L, et al (2018). Pilot randomised controlled trial of the ENGAGER collaborative care intervention for prisoners with common mental health problems, near to and after release. Pilot Feasibility Stud, 4 Abstract.  Author URL.
Brand SL, Thompson Coon J, Fleming LE, Carroll L, Bethel A, Wyatt K (2017). Whole-system approaches to improving the health and wellbeing of healthcare workers: a systematic review. PLoS One, 12(12). Abstract.  Author URL.
brand S, Wyatt K, Fleming LE (2015). Tailoring Healthy Workplace Interventions to Local Healthcare Settings: a Complexity Theory-Informed Workplace of Well-Being Framework. e Scientific World Journal(2015). Abstract.
Wyatt KM, Brand S, Ashby-Pepper J, Abraham J, Fleming LE (2015). UNDERSTANDING HOW HEALTHY WORKPLACES ARE CREATED: IMPLICATIONS FOR DEVELOPING a NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE HEALTHY WORKPLACE PROGRAM. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH SERVICES, 45(1), 161-185. Author URL.
Pearson M, Brand SL, Quinn C, Shaw J, Maguire M, Michie S, Briscoe S, Lennox C, Stirzaker A, Kirkpatrick T, et al (2015). Using realist review to inform intervention development: Methodological illustration and conceptual platform for collaborative care in offender mental health. Implementation Science, 10(1). Abstract.
Pearson M, Brand SL, Quinn C, Shaw J, Maguire M, Michie S, Briscoe S, Lennox C, Stirzaker A, Kirkpatrick T, et al (2015). Using realist review to inform intervention development: methodological illustration and conceptual platform for collaborative care in offender mental health. IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE, 10 Author URL.
Gibson S, Boden ZVR, Benson O, Brand SL (2014). The Impact of Participating in Suicide Research Online. SUICIDE AND LIFE-THREATENING BEHAVIOR, 44(4), 372-383. Author URL.
Gibson S, Benson O, Brand SL (2013). Talking about suicide: Confidentiality and anonymity in qualitative research. NURSING ETHICS, 20(1), 18-29. Author URL.
Benson O, Gibson S, Brand SL (2013). The Experience of Agency in the Feeling of Being Suicidal. JOURNAL OF CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES, 20(7-8), 56-79. Author URL.
Benson O, Gibson S, Brand SL (2013). The experience of agency in the feeling of being suicidal. Journal of Consciousness Studies: controversies in science and the humanities, 20(24), 56-79.

Conferences

Wanner A, Sheaff R, Brand S, Lloyd H, Fornasiero M, Briscoe S, Valderas J, Byng R, Pearson M (2018). Information technology in multispecialty community providers: results from a realist evidence synthesis.  Author URL.
Lloyd HM, Sheaff R, Brand S, Wanner A, Byng R, Valderas J, Pearson M (2018). Patient Experiences of Care from Multi-Speciality Community Providers: Findings from a Realist Synthesis of International Evidence.  Author URL.
Brand SL, Sheaff R, Mark P, Mauro F, Richard B, Helen L, Simon B, Jose V-M (2017). System-level mechanisms and contexts for health and social care coordination through Multi-Specialty Community Providers in England: a Realist evidence synthesis.  Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Brand S, Owens C (In Press). Engaging people with common mental health problems who are experiencing the criminal justice system: What are the key elements of good practice and how do they ‘work’?. Health and Justice Journal
Byng R, Kirkpatrick T, Lennox C, Warren FC, Anderson R, Brand SL, Callaghan L, Carroll L, Durcan G, Gill L, et al (In Press). Evaluation of a complex intervention for prisoners with common mental health problems, near to and after release: the Engager randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Psychiatry Abstract.
Benson O, Gibson S, Brand SL (In Press). The impact of participating in online qualitative suicide research. Journal of Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviours
Brand SL, Gibson S, Burt S, Boden Z, Benson O (In Press). Understanding treatment non-adherence in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder: a survey of what service users do and why. BMC Psychiatry, 13

2022

Peryer G, Kelly S, Blake J, Burton JK, Irvine L, Cowan A, Akdur G, Killett A, Brand SL, Musa MK, et al (2022). Contextual factors influencing complex intervention research processes in care homes: a systematic review and framework synthesis. Age Ageing, 51(3). Abstract.  Author URL.
Musa MK, Akdur G, Brand S, Killett A, Spilsbury K, Peryer G, Burton JK, Gordon AL, Hanratty B, Towers A-M, et al (2022). The uptake and use of a minimum data set (MDS) for older people living and dying in care homes: a realist review. BMC Geriatr, 22(1). Abstract.  Author URL.

2021

Stabler L, Evans R, Scourfield J, Morgan F, Weightman A, Willis S, Searchfield L, Meindl M, Wood S, Nurmatov U, et al (2021). A scoping review of system-level mechanisms to prevent children being in out-of-home care. The British Journal of Social Work, 52(5), 2515-2536.
Rybczynska-Bunt S, Weston L, Byng R, Stirzaker A, Lennox C, Pearson M, Brand S, Maguire M, Durcan G, Graham J, et al (2021). Clarifying realist analytic and interdisciplinary consensus processes in a complex health intervention: a worked example of Judgemental Rationality in action. Evaluation, 27(4), 473-491.
Byng R, Kirkpatrick T, Lennox C, Warren FC, Anderson R, Brand SL, Callaghan L, Carroll L, Durcan G, Gill L, et al (2021). Evaluation of a Complex Intervention for Prisoners with Common Mental Health Problems, Near to and After Release: the Engager Randomised Controlled Trial.
Lennox C, Stevenson R, Owens C, Byng R, Brand SL, Maguire M, Durcan G, Stevenson C, Shaw J, Quinn C, et al (2021). Using multiple case studies of health and justice services to inform the development of a new complex intervention for prison-leavers with common mental health problems (Engager). Health Justice, 9(1). Abstract.  Author URL.

2019

Brand SL, Quinn C, Pearson M, Lennox C, Owens C, Kirkpatrick T, Callaghan L, Stirzaker A, Michie S, Maguire M, et al (2019). Building programme theory to develop more adaptable and scalable complex interventions: Realist formative process evaluation prior to full trial. Evaluation, 25(2), 149-170. Abstract.
Brand SL, Morgan F, Stabler L, Weightman AL, Willis S, Searchfield L, Nurmatov U, Kemp AM, Turley R, Scourfield J, et al (2019). Mapping the evidence about what works to safely reduce the entry of children and young people into statutory care: a systematic scoping review protocol. BMJ Open, 9(8), e026967-e026967. Abstract.

2018

Kirkpatrick T, Lennox C, Taylor R, Anderson R, Maguire M, Haddad M, Michie S, Owens C, Durcan G, Stirzaker A, et al (2018). Evaluation of a complex intervention (Engager) for prisoners with common mental health problems, near to and after release: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 8(2). Abstract.  Author URL.
Sheaff R, Brand SL, Lloyd H, Wanner A, Fornasiero M, Briscoe S, Valderas JM, Byng R, Pearson M (2018). From programme theory to logic models for multispecialty community providers: a realist evidence synthesis. Health Services and Delivery Research, 6(24), 1-210. Abstract.
Wanner A, Sheaff R, Brand S, Lloyd H, Fornasiero M, Briscoe S, Valderas J, Byng R, Pearson M (2018). Information technology in multispecialty community providers: results from a realist evidence synthesis.  Author URL.
Lloyd HM, Sheaff R, Brand S, Wanner A, Byng R, Valderas J, Pearson M (2018). Patient Experiences of Care from Multi-Speciality Community Providers: Findings from a Realist Synthesis of International Evidence.  Author URL.
Lennox C, Kirkpatrick T, Taylor RS, Todd R, Greenwood C, Haddad M, Stevenson C, Stewart A, Shenton D, Carroll L, et al (2018). Pilot randomised controlled trial of the ENGAGER collaborative care intervention for prisoners with common mental health problems, near to and after release. Pilot Feasibility Stud, 4 Abstract.  Author URL.

2017

Brand SL, Sheaff R, Mark P, Mauro F, Richard B, Helen L, Simon B, Jose V-M (2017). System-level mechanisms and contexts for health and social care coordination through Multi-Specialty Community Providers in England: a Realist evidence synthesis.  Author URL.
Brand SL, Thompson Coon J, Fleming LE, Carroll L, Bethel A, Wyatt K (2017). Whole-system approaches to improving the health and wellbeing of healthcare workers: a systematic review. PLoS One, 12(12). Abstract.  Author URL.

2015

brand S, Wyatt K, Fleming LE (2015). Tailoring Healthy Workplace Interventions to Local Healthcare Settings: a Complexity Theory-Informed Workplace of Well-Being Framework. e Scientific World Journal(2015). Abstract.
Wyatt KM, Brand S, Ashby-Pepper J, Abraham J, Fleming LE (2015). UNDERSTANDING HOW HEALTHY WORKPLACES ARE CREATED: IMPLICATIONS FOR DEVELOPING a NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE HEALTHY WORKPLACE PROGRAM. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH SERVICES, 45(1), 161-185. Author URL.
Pearson M, Brand SL, Quinn C, Shaw J, Maguire M, Michie S, Briscoe S, Lennox C, Stirzaker A, Kirkpatrick T, et al (2015). Using realist review to inform intervention development: Methodological illustration and conceptual platform for collaborative care in offender mental health. Implementation Science, 10(1). Abstract.
Pearson M, Brand SL, Quinn C, Shaw J, Maguire M, Michie S, Briscoe S, Lennox C, Stirzaker A, Kirkpatrick T, et al (2015). Using realist review to inform intervention development: methodological illustration and conceptual platform for collaborative care in offender mental health. IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE, 10 Author URL.

2014

Gibson S, Boden ZVR, Benson O, Brand SL (2014). The Impact of Participating in Suicide Research Online. SUICIDE AND LIFE-THREATENING BEHAVIOR, 44(4), 372-383. Author URL.

2013

Gibson S, Benson O, Brand SL (2013). Talking about suicide: Confidentiality and anonymity in qualitative research. NURSING ETHICS, 20(1), 18-29. Author URL.
Benson O, Gibson S, Brand SL (2013). The Experience of Agency in the Feeling of Being Suicidal. JOURNAL OF CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES, 20(7-8), 56-79. Author URL.
Benson O, Gibson S, Brand SL (2013). The experience of agency in the feeling of being suicidal. Journal of Consciousness Studies: controversies in science and the humanities, 20(24), 56-79.

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