Dr Ian Brown

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Lecturer Primary Care Nursing

The School of Nursing & Midwifery
Office located at:
Barber House Annexe
3a Clarkehouse Road
Sheffield S10 2LA.

T: 0114 222 2074

E: i.s.brown@sheffield.ac.uk


After a first degree and training as a community specialist nurse I have worked in primary care and public health nursing. I have over 20 years’ experience in clinical roles in community healthcare settings; and including a variety of specialist, generalist and advanced practice roles over that time. I completed a PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2001 and then combined clinical practice with university research and teaching posts in Sheffield. My recent clinical experience is prevention and management of long term conditions in primary care, particularly obesity and diabetes. In 2010 I was awarded a clinical academic training fellowship from the National Institute for Health Research in England. After completing the fellowship I took up a full time post at the University of Manchester before joining the School of Nursing here at The University of Sheffield in 2016.

Research Interests

I have broad experience across research methods – including qualitative studies, surveys and clinical trials. Previous published work has included:
• patient experiences of obesity and weight management services
• nurses’ knowledge and attitudes with respect to obesity
• development and evaluation of patient decision aids for primary care
• development of needs assessment and outcome measures

I have also begun work to explore workforce development and nurses' roles in advanced practice in primary care.  Another interest is the impact of noise on communication in health care settings.  

Teaching Interests

I am leading the development and delivery of a new MMedSci General Practice Advanced Nurse Practitioner. This is a part time programme for general practice nurses.  

I teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School including the following areas:

  • Primary care nursing, including advanced practice
  • Epidemiology and public health 
  • Health behaviour change and long term conditions
  • Independent prescribing, medicines management

Key publications

Journal articles