Steering Group

Laura Di Bona (current group chair)
Jennifer Read, University of Sheffield
Becky Field, University of Sheffield
Laura Evans, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Colette Fegan, Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Sally Fowler-Davis, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield Hallam University
Nat Jones, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Tom Davis, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


University of Sheffield
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
Cygnet Healthcare

We are a group of occupational therapists based in different organisations in and around Sheffield.

Occupational therapists have expertise in enabling people to increase their participation in activities (occupations) to improve their life satisfaction, wellbeing and physical health. As a group we have expertise in applying this knowledge in hospital and community settings to improve the lives of people of all ages with mental and physical health conditions or disabilities.  We also have experience of carrying out research and service improvement activities. Whilst based in and around Sheffield, many of us work more widely across the country and occasionally internationally.

What is the aim of Sheffield Occupational Therapy Clinical Academics (SOTCA)?
SOTCA aims to improve outcomes and experiences for service users of a diverse range of occupational therapy services in and around Sheffield. We hope to achieve this by providing peer support to occupational therapists trying to improve practice and by forming cross-organisational collaborations to share and advance knowledge.

How can I become involved?

Sheffield Occupational Therapy Clinical Academics (SOTCA) is open to any occupational therapist who shares our aims, whether you are a student, newly qualified, highly experienced, retired or anything in between.  To find out more:

  • Follow us on twitter @SheffOTCA
  • Come to our informal meetings and share what you are up to.
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If you are not an occupational therapist but would like to collaborate with us, please email us and we will try to direct you to the most appropriate person. Laura di Bona