Brian McMillan
  • Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research, Oxford Road

    M13 9PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile


I’m an NIHR Advanced Fellow at the Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research, a practising GP and a Registered Health Psychologist. My research interests include the application of digital technology and psychological theory to improving patients' experiences of primary care.


After studying for a BSSc in Psychology at Queens University Belfast, I went on to complete a PhD at Leeds University. This led to me working as a Research Fellow on various health related research projects. Following this, I completed a medical degree and trained as a GP. The NIHR has provided me with the opportunity to combine my research interests with clincial practice - as an Academic Foundation Trainee at York, an Academic Clinical Fellow in Primary Care at Sheffield, and an Academic Clinical Lecturer and then Advanced Fellow at Manchester. During my time at Manchester, I've completed a PGDip in Digital Health Leadership and am currently advising NHS England on programmes relating to patient health records access.  

Research interests

I'm interested in how digital technology and psychological theory can be used to improve patients' experiences of primary care. I've examined quality assurance of mobile health apps, looked at how digital technology can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, and explored what patients, carers and healthcare staff want from patient online health records access. My current projects include work on improving patients' and clinicians' experiences of records access and developing tools to enhance the impact of this emerging practice.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

- Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners
- Registered Health Psychologist
- Chartered Psychologist
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
- Member of the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology
- Member of the Society for Academic Primary Care


- PhD supervision (3 current)

- Manchester Access Programme (MAP) tutor 2021, 2022, 2023

- Deputy Academic Lead for Assessment at Manchester Medical School 2020-2021

- MB ChB Personal Excellence Pathway supervisor 2020-2021

- MB ChB Academic Advisor - Personal and Professional Development 2017-2019

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma, Digital Health Leadership, Imperial College London

Award Date: 1 Dec 2021

Bachelor of Medicine, Medicine, University of Leeds

Award Date: 15 Jun 2010

Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology, University of Leeds

Award Date: 20 Mar 1998

Bachelor of Social Science, Psychology, Queen's University Belfast

Award Date: 9 Jul 1993

External positions

GP, Wincobank Medical Centre

6 Aug 2014 → …

Areas of expertise

  • R Medicine (General)
  • Primary Care
  • General Practice
  • Health Psychology
  • Behaviour change

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


  • Primary Care
  • Health and lifestyle
  • Behaviour Change
  • Health Psychology


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