Externally funded research projects

Research in progress


Informing members of relevant research in progress

The breadth of the remit of occupational therapy means that a range of topic areas of interest to our profession may form the focus of successful research applications to external funders.

This page provides links to the websites of externally-funded research projects where the topic area includes occupational therapy researchers.

The BATH-OUT Trial

The BATH-OUT Trial is a feasibility randomised controlled trial, and nested qualitative interview study, of bathing adaptations for older adults and their carers. Researchers at the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with Nottingham City Council, will be examining the links between bathing adaptations and the health and wellbeing of older adults. Participant recruitment will commence in September 2016 with results expected in early 2018.

The project is funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research


Seeing what they see: compensating for cortical visual dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease

Brunel occupational therapy researchers are contributing to this project, funded by the ESRC as part of the G8 dementia summit funding outcome. The project will investigate what support can be beneficial to people whose vision is affected by Alzheimer's disease.


Assistive Technology and Telecare to maintain Independent Living At home for people with dementia

Occupational therapists are contributing to the work of the HTA-funded ATTILA trial. This randomized controlled multi-centre clinical trial will compare the effects of assessment followed by access to a suite of assistive technology and telecare services with assessment and a control intervention.


Home adaptation processes for disabled children in Wales: an investigation into families' and professionals' perspectives

Success for Cardiff University occupational therapy researchers through being awarded funding from the Health and Care Research Wales. The research will explore families' and professionals' experiences of the home adaptations process and consider the procedures employed by different local authorities.


Valuing Active Life in Dementia

Valuing Active Life in Dementia (VALID) study aims to promote independence, meaningful activity and quality of life for people with dementia and their family carers living in the community. The study will will evaluate community occupational therapy for people with dementia and their family carers.

The VALID study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research through its Programme Grants for Applied Research funding stream.


The Changing Role of Occupational Therapy Services in Social Care

This study is designed to create a mechanism for describing the role of occupational therapists and assistants in community settings.

A diary tool will be developed which will provide a means of collecting systematic and generalisable data on practitioner time use within occupational therapy services.

The project is funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research.


Developing a treatment package to improve the daily lives of people with Sjogren's syndrome

The aim of this research study is to develop an evidence-based and patient-centred treatment to improve the daily lives of people with Sjögren's syndrome so that they can engage more fully in their activities of daily living and enjoy a better quality of life.


Rehabilitation Effectiveness and Activities for Life (REAL) 2009-2014

This programme of research focuses on inpatient mental health rehabilitation services. It is a multicentre study of rehabilitation services and the efficacy of promoting activities for people with severe mental health problems. The study aims to include all inpatient mental health rehabilitation services in England and their service users.


Lifestyle Matters for Maintenance of Health and Wellbeing

The Lifestyle Matters study is a randomized controlled trial to determine the benefit of an occupational therapy based programme for people aged 65 years and older.

The aims of the study are to:

  • Evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of the Lifestyle Matters programme to promote healthy ageing in people aged 65 years and over.
  • Examine the underlying mechanisms that can promote self efficacy and resilience.
  • Determine the long term sustainability of the intervention

It is funded by the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing programme, led by the Medical Research Council on behalf of 5 Research Councils.