Congratulations to CATCH researcher Becky Field for winning the Early Career Researcher Award at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists 2017 Conference for her presentation on 'Identifying influences on take up of community occupational therapy by people with dementia and their family carer.'
“This was based on part of my PhD research, which is about take up of psychosocial interventions for people with early stage dementia. I am researching this because there is evidence supporting the benefits of such interventions, and health policy promotes living well with dementia, but what influences people with dementia take up psychosocial interventions is poorly understood.
I attended the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Celebration of Excellence 2017, in London to receive this award. Another Sheffield Occupational Therapist, Liz Dry (Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust) received an innovation award for her work in Sheffield promoting digital technology to support service users. Both Liz and I are members of the Sheffield Occupational Therapy Clinical Academics (SOTCA) network
It was a great day, as I got to meet some really inspirational, committed and innovative Occupational Therapists from around the UK, taking their fields of practice and research forward for the benefit of the people they work with. “
For more information on the ‘Valuing Active Life in Dementia’ research programme please see https://www.ucl.ac.uk/valid