In 2015 The Elizabeth Casson Trust agreed its strategic intentions including the specific intention to support the development, implementation and adoption of occupationally-focussed research evidence in practice, demonstrating the unique value of occupational therapists and occupational therapy.
This strategic intention feeds into the wider ambition of the Elizabeth Casson Trust to provide funding opportunities to support occupational therapists by facilitating environments that deliver quality research, leadership and business training and skills development.
In 2020 the Trust made two substantial research awards following our call for proposals earlier in the year. Occupational therapists were invited to submit proposals for studies addressing the translation of evidence into practice. In total almost £120,000 was granted for a study by Dr Fiona Maclean at Queen Margaret University (Learn@Lunch: The occupation of drinking alcohol in later life) and a study by Dr Carolyn Dunford at Brunel University London (Can a targeted knowledge translation intervention increase implementation and adoption of evidence in practice by community children’s occupational therapists?). To read more about these studies and their aims, take a look here.