UKOTRF Early Researcher Award

The UKOTRF Early Researcher Award is available to presenters at the COT Annual Conference.

If your oral paper is selected to be presented within the main COT conference then you may be eligible to be considered for the UKOTRF Early Researcher Award. You must be presenting on the research findings from your post-registration Masters or doctoral studies, or other first piece of ethically-approved research undertaken post-registration as an occupational therapist. This prestigious prize recognises excellence in research and presentation skills, and is highly valued by its recipients. Winners to date have commented on their delight at peer recognition of the value of their research and how being selected has reinforced their intention to continue to disseminate their research findings through conference presentation.

You can apply to be considered for the award via the on-line abstract submission process. To be eligible for consideration, you must be:

  • a current BAOT member
  • submitting the abstract yourself
  • undertaking the presentation yourself
  • presenting on your research findings

Judging is undertaken by members of the Research and Development Board and the Education and Research Team using a marking schedule designed to capture information about overall presentation skills, the strength of the methodology and implications of the findings. All presenters participating in the scheme receive written feedback on their presentation.
The name of the award winner and their presentation topic will be published in OTnews.

Recipients of the Early Researcher Award to date:

  • Natalie Jones (2016): "What are the experiences of stroke survivors with managing eating in the long-term?"
  • Clare Sugarman (2016): "The lived experience of parents whose children are deafblind: an occupational perspective"
  • Katie Hackett (2015): "Identifying participation barriers and key intervention targets for an autoimmune disease"
  • Jane Horne (2015): "Developing a New, Patient Reported, Confidence After Stroke Measure (CASM)"
  • Rachel Russell (2014): "Development of an occupation-focused process for modifying home environments"
  • Joanne Porter (2013): "Parental experiences of an occupational therapy parent education programme"
  • Lindsay Phillips (2012): "The meanings of art-making to informal carers of relatives with dementia"
  • Carol Coole (2011): "Concerns of employed patients with low back pain: a qualitative study"
  • Dr Helen Myers (2010): "Musculoskeletal problems in older adults: occupational therapy and the population iceberg"
  • Joanna Fletcher-Smith (2010): "An inter-rater reliability study of the Nottingham Stroke Dressing Assessment (NSDA)"