Develop and promote the evidence base of occupational therapy

The Trust will issue calls for research applications in line with our strategic intentions to:

  1. Support research into the cost effectiveness of occupational therapy through appropriate work with health economics experts.
  2. Support the production of evidence about the value of occupation and participation
  3. Support the implementation and adoption of evidence in practice


The current call for proposals to study the implementation of evidence in practice recently closed and stage 2 of the application process is underway. The Trust will award up to three grants of £100,000 for successful applications. Recipients of these awards and their study topic will be announced on 28 August 2020.

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This award has provided me with the opportunity to complete a research proposal for a dissertation project I aim to complete in the near future. The proposed study is unique in that there is a current lack of evidence within the area of functional neurological disorders relating to occupational therapy practice, therefore the interventions we provide are questionable and subjective to our own thoughts and beliefs. The impact of the study will provide a voice for these patients and give us an increased insight into their lived experiences in order for us to better inform future practice.

Sarah Chatfield, Occupational Therapist
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