Dr Alison Brettle
Research Fellow (Information)
Dr Alison Brettle is a senior lecturer and information specialist in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work at the University of Salford. Her teaching and research interests include evidence based practice, systematic reviews and systematic review methodology, information literacy, the evaluation of library and information services, and effective literature searching. Alison has published widely in these areas, as well as serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice
Within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work she is Post Graduate Research Co-ordinator leading and co-ordinating research training for PGR students and leading the PhD by Published Works programme. She also leads the post graduate Evidence Based Practice Module within the School.
Alison serves on a number of international, national and local committees, including the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) in the role of awards co-ordinator, the board of Counselling Psychotherapy Research Journal and the International Programme Committee for the EBLIP Conference series. Internally she serves on the College level advisory committees for Ethics as well as the College Research and Innovation Committee. She has recently been appointed external examiner for the MA Library and Information Management and MSc Information Management at Manchester Metropolitan University and the MSC Health Informatics at Sheffield University.
Programme Lead PhD by Published Works
Module leader – PG Evidence Based Practice and Patient Care
MSc Advanced Nursing (Research) – theme lead
Teaching interests: evidence based practice, sytstematic reviews, information literacy
Evidence based practice, systematic reviews and systematic review methodology, information literacy, the evaluation of library and information services, and effective literature searching
Qualifications and Memberships
PhD – University of Salford (2009) Exploring the effectiveness and impact of health information professionals on evidence based practice.
MSc Information Studies (2003) Leeds Metropolitan University
BA(Hons) European Business and Languages (1989) Lancashire Polytechnic
Member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
Brettle A and Urquhart C (2011) Changing roles and contexts for health library and information professionals, London: Facet.
Brettle, A & Raynor, M 2012, 'Developing information literacy skills in re-registration nurses: an experimental study of teaching methods', Nurse Education Today. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2011.12.003
Brettle, A & Maden-Jenkins, M & Anderson, L & McNally, R & Pratchett, T & Thornton, D & Webb, A 2011, ''Evaluating clinical librarian services: a systematic review' ', Health Information & Libraries Journal, 28(1), pp.3-22.
Brettle, A & Hill, A & Jenkins, P 2008, 'Counselling in primary care: A systematic review of the evidence', Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 8(4), pp.207-214.
Brettle A and Grant M (2004) Finding the evidence for practice: a workbook for health professionals, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.