Clinical Academic Occupational Therapist
School of Health and Related Research
Medicine, Dentistry and Health
- BSc In Occupational Therapy
- MSc in Clinical Research
- PGC in Managing in Health and Social Care
I have a BSc in Occupational Therapy from the University of Derby and an MSc in Clinical Research from the University of Sheffield. I am currently on a National Institute for Health Research/Health Education England, Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship at The University of Sheffield, hosted by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals FT. My study aims to explore the feasibility of improving patient outcomes by providing intensive interventions for eating and drinking in the format of a breakfast group intervention.
This will be delivered by a range of health professionals on two acute stroke units. This will be supported by a tool kit which will facilitate skill sharing and collaborative working to assess, care plan and measure outcomes. This study will be co-produced and co-designed by stakeholder and advisory groups comprising of experts in the field, clinicians, patients and carers.
My research is collaboration between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, The University of Sheffield and Nottingham University. I have 25 years’ experience in health and care services and guest lecturing at Sheffield Hallam University. In collaboration with CLAHRC YH (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire Humber) I co- designed a tool to measure the impact of delivering clinical research in the NHS http://clahrc-yh.nihr.ac.uk/victorimpact
I was awarded the UK Research Occupational Therapy Foundation ‘Early Researcher Award’ for my research in 2015 and was awarded a prize from the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System for my work on improving care for stroke patients and in 2018 was a finalist for The NIHR/HEE Advancing Health Care Awards in 2018 for research capacity building activities.
Current Research Projects:
PhD Feasibility of a breakfast group intervention for acute stroke units
CognoSpeak: An automated cognitive assessment tool based on language (utilising automated speech recognition and Machine Learning)
Stroke Rehabilitation, Digital, Remote Rehabilitation