A survey of research capacity and partnerships among mental health occupational therapists in the UK

Morris, Karen and Smyth, Genevieve (2017) A survey of research capacity and partnerships among mental health occupational therapists in the UK. Mental Health Review Journal, 22 (2). pp. 136-147. Item availability may be restricted.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/MHRJ-12-2016-0024

Abstract

Introduction: Occupational therapists working in mental health services in the United Kingdom (UK) are under increasing scrutiny to provide both clinically and cost effective services. The profession has indicated that a stronger evidence base would help promote the unique contribution of occupational therapy when influencing service managers and government bodies.

Method: The Royal College of Occupational Therapists and its Specialist Section – Mental Health carried out a survey to gauge recent research capacity among occupational therapists working in mental health services in the UK, and to seek their views about how to further increase research capacity and partnerships.

Findings: Of the 145 participants approximately half had been involved in research in the past five years, and most had involved research partnerships. About half of the research carried out had been disseminated. Nine out of sixteen participants had successfully applied for funding and. Participants felt that methods to increase research capacity and partnerships should continue to include improving research leadership and networks; promoting research skills through formal studies and increasing research dissemination.

Conclusion: A variety of methods will continue to be required to expand the evidence base. RCOT and its Specialist Sections continue to have an important role developing research capacity and partnerships.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Mental Health Review Journal
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 2042-8758
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Health, Psychology and Social Studies
Depositing User: Karen Morris
Date Deposited: 15 May 2017 10:08
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2017 17:12
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2927

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