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The Bridge                                                      Issue 40

Bridging the gap between research and practice

Welcome to our second bulletin of 2012. We have a number of contributions from different organisations and from around the world which provides a sense of how RCOMH is becoming established as network. From York St York we are delighted to announce that the Measure of Participation (MOP) study is underway.


Research developments within Europe…and how to become involved

Professor Chris Mayers explains that ... In Europe as little as a decade ago, it was generally only possible to conduct Masters level and PhD research if an occupational therapist worked in the UK, Ireland or Sweden or was willing to travel for supervision. To response to this problem, the European Masters in Occupational Therapy was developed by the European Network of Occupational Therapists in Higher Education (ENOTHE) and since then there has been a huge increase in the number of European occupational therapists undertaking/being involved in research. As a founder member of the European Cooperation in Occupational Therapy Research and Occupational Science (ECOTROS), it has been my privilege to be involved in the development of occupational therapy research and to mentor researchers in Europe during this exciting period. Click here to find out more about how you can get involved in research developments within Europe.

Getting involved in research developments within Europe

Professor Chris Mayers
Research Fellow, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
York St John University
UK Representative for ECOTROS

Network and support for occupational science researchers

Professor Susan Corr
Professor of Occupational Science
University of Northampton

One outcome from the Owning Occupation international conference hosted by the University of Plymouth in September has been a 'networking group' created on LinkedIn. The group, convened by Professor Susan Corr, is entitled 'Occupational Science Researchers UK & Ire'.

This group is mainly for supporting active occupational science researchers including doctoral students, post docs and supervisors in relation to the growth of occupational science knowledge in the UK and Ireland. It is acknowledged that the focus of the research may not be purely on occupational science but may be, for example, involving some delving into this literature. It is anticipated that the group will be used:

  • to share information about research being conducted;
  • to facilitate the opportunity for discussion and debate about articles and other resources that may be of interest to the group membership;
  • to inform about relevant events.

The group's focus will not be on providing support with the process of conducting doctoral level studies as this support is provided by universities and bodies such as the College of Occupational Therapists.

To join the group please go to: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=4119167&trk=anet_ug_hm

Consumer Researcher Training Manuals

These training manuals, developed by an occupational therapist in collaboration with members of a Clubhouse in Australia might be useful for researchers and service users who are involved in service user research. It was designed to support people with mental health problems to train to take an active role in research teams as researchers.Clicking on the link below will direct you to two pdf documents: a trainer manual and a trainee manual, which are free to download from the Schizophrenia NSW website.

This link will take you to the related article; Marshall SL, Deane F, Hancock N (2010) Increasing research familiarity amongst members of a clubhouse for people with mental illness The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 16 (2), 119-125.

Dissemination of RCOMH's work

Recently RCOMH has been successful in having abstracts accepted for the forthcoming COTEC and COT conferences about the scoping study to map research activity related to occupation and mental health (SIPPS), the findings of the EAGER project, service users as co-researchers and the work of RCOMH generally.


Spotlight on research

This month's spotlight on research does not focus on a research study per se but on authorship guidelines, which can be a knotty issue when disseminating research.

Read Dr Katrina Bannigan's reflection on the article

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