25 September 2023

Occupational Therapist shortlisted for award recognising research contribution

An occupational therapist has been nominated for an award in recognition of the positive impact of her research work on patients.

Nat Jones is a Clinical Academic Occupational Therapist whose research has included setting up a breakfast group for stroke survivors and introducing virtual home visit technology.

She is shortlisted in the Allied Health Professional Research Impact category in the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO) Awards 2023.

The Breakfast Group Interventions in Stroke Rehabilitation (BISTRo) study aims to find out if intensive interventions in a breakfast group format delivered by a range of healthcare professionals over five weekdays can improve outcomes for patients rehabilitating after a stroke. Many of these patients have eating and drinking difficulties. The study is taking place across several rehabilitation settings in South Yorkshire to implement and evaluate the intervention.

The Virtual Visit Approach, or VIVA, project was a collaboration with the University of Sheffield which involved using an app to link a therapist in hospital with a patient or carer in their home. This meant visits could be conducted remotely in situations where it would be difficult to conduct a visit in person, for example because the patient is too unwell or lives too far away. This could help patients to prepare for returning home.

Her work has been acknowledged by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists with a Merit award and by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) as contributing to a portfolio of evidence.

Nat said: “I am really pleased to be shortlisted and it is great to see the research contribution of Clinical Academic Occupational Therapists and the difference it makes to patients being recognised.”

The CAHPO Awards take place on 12th October 2023.

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