Head of the Division of Nursing; Occupational and Arts Therapies, Associate Director Centre for Person-centred Practice Research and Omega Xi Chapter Vice President


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Professor Brendan McCormack (D.Phil(Oxon.), BSc(Hons.), PGCEA, RGN, RMN, FRCN, FEANS) is the Head of the Division of Nursing  and  also of Occupational and Arts Therapies and the Associate Director, Centre for Person-centred Practice Research. He works within the Division of Nursing and is a Full Member and Associate Director of the Centre for Person-centred Practice Research.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Activities & Awards

Brendan’s internationally recognised work in person-centred practice development and research has resulted in successful long-term collaborations in Ireland, the UK, Norway, The Netherlands, Canada, Australia and South Africa.  His writing and research work focuses on person-centered practice, gerontological nursing, and practice development and he serves on a number of editorial boards, policy committees, and development groups in these areas.  He has a particular focus on the use of arts and creativity in healthcare research and development.  Brendan has more than 600 published outputs, including 180 peer-reviewed publications and 8 books.  He is the ‘Editor Emeritus’ of the “International Journal of Older People Nursing”.  Brendan is a Fellow of The European Academy of Nursing Science and Distinguished Fellow of the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare (ESPCH). In 2014 he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, awarded the ‘International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame’ by Sigma Theta Tau International and listed in the Thomson Reuters 3000 most influential researchers globally.  In 2015 he was recognised as an ‘Inspirational Nursing Leader’ by Nursing Times (UK nursing magazine).                       

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Honorary Nurse Consultant (Gerontology), NHS Fife
  • Distinguished Fellow, European Society for Person Centered Healthcare (ESPCH)
  • Fellow, European Academy of Nursing Science
  • Fellow, Royal College of Nursing
  • Professor II, University College of South-East Norway, Drammen, Norway;
  • Extraordinary Professor, Department of Nursing, University of Pretoria, South Africa;
  • Professor of Nursing, Maribor University, Slovenia;
  • Visiting Professor, Ulster University

Professional Social Media:

  • Twitter: @profbrendan

Research/ Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership: 

Research Overview:

Brendan’s research interests focus on person-centred practice with a particular focus on the development and understanding of person-centred healthcare cultures in a variety of contexts. He combines his work in person-centred practice research with his expertise in gerontological nursing.

Active Research Interests:

  • Person-centred practice
  • Person-centred cultures
  • Residential long-term care of older people
  • People living with dementia, with a particular focus on acute care issues
  • Getting research evidence into practice

Research Methods:

  • Action research
  • Participatory research
  • Implementation science
  • Practice development
  • Arts and creativity
  • Hermeneutics
  • Realist synthesis
  • Realist evaluation


Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

[Co-PI] MS Society - SNOFLAC-MS - Scoping the Needs Of Families and Carers of people with Multiple Sclerosis (with Bulley C, Baer G, Stewart D, Gillespie D and Lugton K)

[PI] Marie Curie Cancer Care - Developing Person-centred Practice in the Edinburgh Hospice

[PI] Age UK/Burdett Trust for Nursing – The Listening and Learning Project in acute care services for older people.

[Collaborator] Northern Ireland HPSS Research Funded Project – Person-centred Supported Housing for older people living with a dementia: The TESA-DRI Project

[Collaborator] Northern Ireland HPSS Research Funded Project – ‘Care Passports’ for improving continuity of care for older people with a dementia: The EQUIP Project

[Co-PI] UK National Institute of Health Research – Reducing hospital admissions of older people from care homes: The BHIRCH Project

[Collaborator] UK National Institute of Health Research – The OPSWISE Study (Improving skills and care standards in the clinical support workforce: a realist synthesis of workforce development interventions )

My main focus in teaching and learning is in the area of person-centredness. I am particularly focused on the theory of person-centredness and the philosophical underpinnings of personhood.  With this focus in mind my teaching also focuses on the development and evaluation of person-centred healthcare cultures through practice development and other participatory methodologies.  I teach a variety of research methodologies but have a particular focus on participatory methods, narrative methods and methods for getting research evidence into practice.

October 2015: Distinguished Fellowship – European Society for Person Centered Healthcare (ESPCH)

September 2015 Inspirational Nursing Leadership Award, Nursing Times

July 2014: International Researcher Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International

June 2014: Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing

June 2014:  Thomson Reuters ranked among the world’s top 3,000 by the multinational media body Thompson Reuters. Inclusion means the person’s research is listed in the top 1 per cent for the number of times their work has been cited by other scientists. One of 11 researchers in Irish Universities

August 2008: Fellow European Academy of Nursing Science [EANS]

December 2011: Senior Distinguished Research Fellow, University of Ulster

2011 (with Professor Bridie Kent): Sigma Theta Tau Book of the Year (Kent B and McCormack B (2010) An enabling context for evidence-based practice. Blackwell Publishing and Sigma Theta Tau International, Oxford).