Ann McDonnell

Professor Ann McDonnell PhD, MSc, MSc, BSc

Emeritus Professor


Dr Ann McDonnell is an Emeritus Professor in Health and Social Care Services Research. Ann left Sheffield Hallam University in 2014, but remains engaged in writing with the University. She moved to the university in 2006. AAnn has a BSc in Physiology and Zoology which was awarded in 1979 by the University of Sheffield. She was subsequently awarded an MSc in Nursing from the University of Manchester in 1988 and an MSc in Health Services Research and Technology Assessment from the University of Sheffield in 1997.


Ann's clinical background is in nursing and she has held a variety of clinical posts in acute hospital settings and has extensive teaching experience on a variety of nursing and inter-disciplinary programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level within National Health Service and university settings.

She completed an MRC Training Fellowship in Health Services Research and completed her PhD as part of this fellowship in 2004 while working in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. Her PhD was a study of the impact of acute pain teams on patient outcomes using Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data.

Ann has over 14 years experience of health services research and evaluation. Ann has secured research funding from national and local bodies. She is also experienced in collaborating closely with NHS Trusts to evaluate their service provision. Ann's research activities reflect her interest in the use of mixed methods to explore the impact of complex interventions in health settings. Past projects include the impact critical care outreach services (in collaboration with the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre) funded by the NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme - an evaluation of the impact of new model to detect deteriorating patients at an NHS Foundation Trust, funded by the Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority and a study exploring approaches to capturing the impact of nurse consultants, funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

She is lead (along with Dr Karen Collins) the professional development, technology and research into practice theme. She is interested in evidence based practice and the evaluation of innovations in service delivery which involve nurses working in new and innovative roles. Current Past projects include an evaluation of the Advanced Nurse Practitioner roles at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and a study exploring the impact of lung cancer specialist nurses on access to anti-cancer treatment funded by the General Nursing Council Trust and the National Lung Cancer Nurses Forum.

Ann's approach to project leadership acknowledges the need to develop research capacity within nursing and she has created opportunities to enable this in both all studies where she has been the Principal Investigator.

She was a member of the translating knowledge into action implementation theme, NIHR CLAHRC for South Yorkshire.

Ann has published widely from her research and has presented at a range of professional and academic conferences.

Specialist areas of interest

Health services research, professional development, service evaluation and research into practice


General Nursing Council Trust


Journal articles

Gerrish, K., Laker, S., Taylor, C., Kennedy, F., & Mcdonnell, A. (2016). Enhancing the quality of oral nutrition support for hospitalised patients: a mixed-methods knowledge translation study. (The EQONS study). Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72 (12), 3182-3194.

Schober, M.M., Gerrish, K., & Mcdonnell, A. (2016). Development of a conceptual policy framework for advanced practice nursing : an ethnographic study. Journal of advanced nursing, 72 (6), 1313-1324.

Tod, A., Kennedy, F., Stocks, A.-.J., Mcdonnell, A., Ramaswamy, B., Wood, B., & Whitfield, M. (2016). Good-quality social care for people with Parkinson’s disease : a qualitative study. BMJ Open, 6 (2), e006813.

Tod, A.M., Redman, J., McDonnell, A., Borthwick, D., & White, J. (2015). Lung cancer treatment rates and the role of the lung cancer nurse specialist : a qualitative study. BMJ Open, 5 (12), e008587.

Mcdonnell, A., Goodwin, E., Kennedy, F., Hawley, K., Gerrish, K., & Smith, C. (2015). An evaluation of the implementation of Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) roles in an acute hospital setting. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71 (4), 789-799.

Brummell, S., Tod, A.M., Mcdonnell, A., Guerin, M., Beattie, V., & Ibbotson, R. (2014). An evaluation of the role of support workers in lung cancer. Cancer Nursing Practice, 14 (1), 22-27.

Mcdonnell, A., Gerrish, K., & Kennedy, F. (2013). Because you're worth it. Nursing standard, 27 (38), 61.

Mcdonnell, A., Gerrish, K., Kirshbaum, M.N., Nolan, M., Tod, A., & Guillaume, L. (2013). The perceived impact of advanced practice nurses (APNs) on promoting evidence-based practice amongst frontline nurses: findings from a collective case study. Journal of Research in Nursing, 18 (4), 368-383.

Gerrish, K., Mcdonnell, A., & Kennedy, F. (2013). The development of a framework for evaluating the impact of nurse consultant roles in the United Kingdom. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Mcdonnell, A., Tod, A., Bray, K., Bainbridge, D., Adsetts, D., & Walters, S. (2013). A before and after study assessing the impact of a new model for recognizing and responding to early signs of deterioration in an acute hospital. Journal Of Advanced Nursing, 69 (1), 41-52.

Kennedy, F., Mcdonnell, A., Gerrish, K., Howarth, A., Pollard, C., & Redman, J. (2012). Evaluation of the impact of nurse consultant roles in the United Kingdom: a mixed method systematic literature review. Journal Of Advanced Nursing, 68 (4), 721-742.

Allmark, P., Tod, A., Mcdonnell, A., Al-Alawy, K., Mann, K., Hollis, E., ... Iliff, A. (2011). Evaluation of the impact of a smoke-free home initiative in Rotherham, a deprived district in Northern England. The European Journal of Public Health, 22 (2), 248-251.

Gerrish, K., Nolan, M., Mcdonnell, A., Tod, A., Kirshbaum, M., & Guillaume, L. (2011). Factors influencing advanced practice nurses’ ability to promote evidence-based practice among frontline nurses. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 9 (1), 30-39.

Gerrish, K., Mcdonnell, A., Nolan, M., Guillaume, L., Kirshbaum, M., & Tod, A. (2011). The role of advanced practice nurses in knowledge brokering as a means of promoting evidence-based practice among clinical nurses. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67 (9), 2000-2014.

Gerrish, K., Guillaume, L., Kirshbaum, M., Mcdonnell, A., Tod, A., & Nolan, M. (2011). Factors influencing the contribution of advanced practice nurses to promoting evidence-based practice among front-line nurses: findings from a cross-sectional survey. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Allmark, P.J., Boote, J., Chambers, E., Clarke, A., McDonnell, A., Thompson, A., & Tod, A. (2009). Ethical issues in the use of in-depth interviews: literature review and discussion. Research ethics review, 5 (2), 48-54.

Mcdonnell, A., Esmonde, L., Morgan, R., Brown, R., Bray, K., Parry, G., ... Rowan, K. (2007). The provision of critical care outreach services in England: findings from a national survey. Journal of critical care, 22 (3), 212-218.

Gao, H., McDonnell, A., Harrison, D.A., Moore, T., Adam, S., Daly, K., ... Harvey, S. (2007). Systematic review and evaluation of physiological track and trigger warning systems for identifying at-risk patients on the ward. Intensive care medicine, 33 (4), 667-679.

McDonnell, A., Wilson, R., & Goodacre, S. (2006). Health policy - Evaluating and implementing new services. British Medical Journal (BMJ), 332 (7533), 109-112.

Esmonde, L., McDonnell, A., Ball, C., Waskett, C., Morgan, R., Rashidian, A., ... Harvey, S. (2005). Investigating the effectiveness of critical care outreach services: a systematic review. Intensive care medicine, 32 (11), 1713-1721.

McDonnell, A., Nicholl, J., & Read, S. (2005). Exploring the impact of Acute Pain Teams (APTs) on patient outcomes using routine data: can it be done? Journal of research in nursing, 10 (4), 383-402.

O'Cathain, A., Nicholl, J., Sampson, F., Walters, S., McDonnell, A., & Munro, J. (2004). Do different types of nurses give different triage decisions in NHS Direct? A mixed methods study. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 9 (4), 226.

McDonnell, A., Nicholl, J., & Read, S.M. (2003). Acute pain teams and the management of postoperative pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of advanced nursing, 41 (3), 261-273.

McDonnell, A., Nicholl, J., & Read, S.M. (2003). Acute Pain Teams in England: current provision and their role in postoperative pain management. Journal of clinical nursing, 12 (3), 387-393.

McDonnell, A., Davies, S., Brown, J., & Shewan, J. (2001). Practice nurses and the prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke: the extent of evidence-based practice. Primary Health Care Research and Development, 2 (3), 159-166.

Kaltenthaler, E., McDonnell, A., & Peters, J. (2001). Monitoring the care of lung cancer patients: linking audit and care pathways. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 7 (1), 13-20.

Read, S., Roberts-Davis, M., Lloyd-Jones, M., McDonnell, A., Collins, K., & Jones, R. (2000). Preparing to work together: education for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and other ‘new’ nursing roles. Nursing times research, 6 (4), 25-36.

McDonnell, A., Jones, M.L., & Read, S. (2000). Practical considerations in case study research: the relationship between methodology and process. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 32 (2), 383-390.

Collins, K., Lloyd-Jones, M., Mcdonnell, A., Read, S., Jones, R., & Cameron, A. (2000). Do new roles contribute to job satisfaction and retention of staff in nursing and professions allied to medicine? Journal of Nursing Management, 8 (1), 3-12.

MCDONNELL, A. (1999). A systematic review to determine the effectiveness of preparatory information in improving the outcomes of adult patients undergoing invasive procedures. Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing, 3 (1), 4-13.

BROWN, J., SHEWAN, J., MCDONNELL, A., & DAVIES, S. (1999). Factors in effectiveness:practice nurses, health promotion and cardiovascular disease. Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing, 3 (2), 58-65.

Davies, S., Mcdonnell, A., Brown, J., & Shewan, J. (1999). Practice nurses use of evidence-based research. Nursing Times, 95 (4), 57-60.

Mcdonnell, A., Davies, S., Shewan, J., & Brown, J. (1998). In the field with practice nurses: practical lessons of survey research. Nurse researcher, 5 (3), 65-76.

MCDONNELL, A., DAVIES, S., CROOKES, P., & SHEWAN, J. (1997). Practice nurses and theprevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke: a literature review to promote evidence-based practice. Part I: rationale, review methods, effectiveness of practice nurses and smoking cessation. Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing, 1 (4), 189.

CROOKES, P., DAVIES, S., MCDONNELL, A., & SHEWAN, J. (1997). Practice nurses and theprevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke: a literature review to promote evidence-based practice. Part II: hypertension, raised blood cholesterol, lack of exercise and obesity. Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing, 1 (4), 198.

Conference papers

Mcdonnell, A., Gerrish, K., & Kennedy, F. (2012). Capturing the impact of nurse consultant roles: possibilities, practicalities and pitfalls. In 2012 RCN International Nursing Research Conference, London, 23 April 2012 - 25 April 2012.


Tod, A., Mcdonnell, A., & Redman, J. (2014). Opening doors to treatment. Exploring the impact of lung cancer specialist nurses on access to anti-cancer treatment: an exploratory case study. Sheffield Hallam University: Sheffield Hallam University.

Gerrish, K., McDonnell, A., & Kennedy, F. (2011). Approaches to measuring the impact of nurse consultants on patient, professional and organisational outcomes. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Bainbridge, D., Adsetts, D., Bray, K., Mcdonnell, A., & Tod, A. (2010). An evaluation of the impact of introducing a new model for recognising and responding to early signs of deterioration in patients at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. Rotherham: Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.

Mcdonnell, A., Kennedy, F., Wood, B., Ramawswamy, B., Whitfield, M., & Tod, A. (n.d.). Putting people with Parkinson's in control: exploring the impact of quality social care. London: Parkinson's UK.

Theses / Dissertations

Schober, M.M. (2013). Factors influencing the development of advanced practice nursing in Singapore. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Gerrish, K., & Mcdonnell, A.

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