Dr Donna Bramwell BA (Hons), PhD

Research Associate

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I am currently a Research Associate with the Health Policy, Organisation and Economics (HOPE) research group in the Centre for Primary Care, Division of Population Health. My interests lie in the areas of health service organisation and workforce, health policy and medical sociology. I have worked on several projects which have taken an ethnographic/qualitative approach to exploring the effect of Health Policy interactions with health services in practice and am particularly focused on the primary care level including:  

  • (Current) Exploring the development of Primary Care Networks in the NHS in England.
  • (Current) Understanding Community Nursing Services; an historical policy analysis.  A review of the District Nursing service from inception of the NHS to the present day.
  • (Current) Changes to the General Practice Quality and Outcomes Framework - Evaluation of the introduction of the Quality Improvement incentive scheme. Commissioned by NHSE and funded via the NIHR Research Unit for Health and Social Care Systems and Commissioning (PRUComm), to conduct a rapid evaluation of the introduction, implementation and impact of changes to the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF).  Research focus is on the introduction of two new Quality Improvement (QI) elements to the QOF system for Prescribing Safety and End-of-Life care, incorporated into the General Practice Contract 2019.  
  • Exploring the development of Clinical Commissioning Groups:  Understanding primary care co-commissioning - uptake, development and impacts 
  • Exploring the transition of Public Health to Local Authority control in 2013 through the PHOENIX project: Public Health and Obesity in England - the New Infrastructure EXamined
  • Completion of a rapid evidence review for the Department of Health examining the evidence for moving services out of hospital and into the community.



PhD Primary Care

BA (Hons) Psychology with Sociology

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

British Sociological Association - Medical Sociology Group

Sustainable Development Goals

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