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Biography

I am a researcher and an occupational therapist with expertise in allied health interventions delivered within the NHS, Social Care, education, and private sectors. My work focuses on children, young people, and adults affected by neurodisability, long-term conditions, activity limitations (e.g. in mobility or self-care), or participation restrictions (e.g. in community leisure activities).

My broad research interests are geared towards developing allied health interventions, testing their feasibility, evaluating effectiveness, and supporting implementation in diverse community and hospital settings.

Methodologically, I have conducted mixed methods and quantitative evidence synthesis, systematic evidence mapping, semi-structured interviews, go-along interviews, focus groups, secondary qualitative analysis, online surveys, and Delphi methods. Here in Northumbria University, I am working on the BATH-OUT-2 randomised controlled trial, focusing particularly on the process evaluation. I also have a strong interest in the ethics, methods, and impact of public and patient involvement and co-production.  

Further Information

 

Professional Roles:

 

  • Associate Editor, BMJ Paediatrics Open (since 2016)
  • Strategic Research Group, British Academy of Childhood Disability (since 2015)
  • Implementation Manager, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2019-20)
  • Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Topic Identification and Development Panel, NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme (2013-16)
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (since 2001)
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (since 2001)

 

Personal Awards:

 

  • Finalist, NHS Leadership Academy National Leadership Recognition Awards (2016)
  • Winner, NHS Leadership Academy North East Emerging Leader of the Year (2016)
  • Winner, York St. John University Post-graduate Prize for Academic Achievement (2011)

 

Teaching:

 

I lecture on evidence based practice and research at Salford University and I have previously taught classes on qualitative research methods, including secondary qualitative analysis, at York St. John University.

 

Professional Engagement:

 

I have delivered a range of keynote presentations and interactive workshops at multidisciplinary professional conferences in the UK and internationally:

  • Powered mobility to enable participation and positive development of young children with mobility limitations: the EMPoWER evidence synthesis. (Irwin Mitchell - Movement Matters Conference 2021, keynote)
  • How should NHS occupational therapists support school staff, children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families? (Institute of Education, University of Reading and the Charlie Waller Trust - online conference 2021, keynote)
  • "Six Sixpences" - A parent's vision for collaborative practice. (Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Specialist Section for Children, Young People and Families - Annual Conference 2019, keynote) 
  • Hope and glory or secrets and lies? Measuring outcomes in allied health services for children and young people. (Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists - Annual Conference 2016, workshop)
  • Space to think, time to act! Five ways to implement evidence-based practice, starting Monday. (Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Specialist Section for Children, Young People and Families - Annual Conference 2016, keynote)
  • Changing the environment to enable children and young people's participation - are we all talk and no action? (European Academy of Childhood Disability & International Conference on Cerebral Palsy - Annual Scientific Meeting 2016, workshop)
  • Raising our game and achieving impact in allied health interventions for children, young people and families. (Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists - Annual Conference 2015, keynote)
  • Ready, Steady, Goal! An interactive workshop for parents and clinicians. (Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust - multiagency knowledge translation event 2015, workshop)
  • How can I 'do' family-centred, shared goal-setting? An interactive workshop for service providers and parents. (European Academy of Childhood Disability - Annual Scientific Meeting 2014, workshop)

Research interests

 

Current Projects:

 

  • BATH-OUT-2: Bathing adaptations in the homes of older adults - A randomised controlled trial, economic evaluation and process evaluation (Chief Investigator: Dr Phillip Whitehead)
  • PERMIT: Paediatric early rehabilitation and mobilisation during intensive care - A feasibility study (Chief Investigator: Dr Barney Scholefield)
  • RAISE: Establishing a strategic research agenda for allied health in schools and education settings (PI: Dr Jennifer McAnuff)

 

Research Projects as Primary Investigator:

 

  • RAISE: Establishing a strategic research agenda for allied health in schools and education settings (Castang Foundation, £59,880, 01/2019 - 09/2020)
  • Supporting participation in leisure of children and young people with neurodisability: Developing a programme theory for building allied health interventions (NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship, £272,227, 04/2015 - 03/2019)
  • Using creative arts for research involvement with a group of young people with complex neurodisability (Newcastle University, £4,000, 07/2018 - 12/2018)
  • Research Capability Funding (Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, £35,630, 08/2012 - 03/2015)

 

Research Projects as Co-investigator:

 

  • PERMIT: Paediatric early rehabilitation and mobilisation during intensive care - A feasibility study (NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme, £374,672, 11/2018 - 10/2021)
  • EMPoWER: Evidence synthesis of powered mobility interventions for very young children with mobility limitations to aid participation and positive development (NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme, £251,448, 04/2018 - 06/2019)
  • Enabling self-care in children with developmental disabilities: Pre-protocol research for a cluster randomised controlled trial (United Kingdom Occupational Therapy Research Foundation, £79,716, 10/2018 - 12/2020)
  • Improving therapy interventions for children with neurodisability: Public and patient engagement in preparing a collaborative grant application for national research (Newcastle University, £1,718, 09/2015 - 03/2016)

 

Involvement and Co-production:

 

I have a strong interest in the ethics, methods, and impact of public and patient involvement and co-production. My activities in this area include:

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Newcastle University

Award Date: 27 Apr 2020

MSc, York St John University

Award Date: 16 Sep 2011

PGCert, Leeds Beckett University

Award Date: 20 Jun 2008

BSc (Hons), Coventry University

Award Date: 20 Jul 2001

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