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Avril Drummond

Deputy Head of School (Research); Professor of Healthcare Research, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Avril Drummond is Professor of Healthcare Research and an occupational therapist. She achieved her qualification as an occupational therapist from the University of Ulster, her MSc in Rehabilitation from the University of Southampton and her PhD at the University of Nottingham. She is;

  • Fellow of the College of Occupational Therapists
  • Outgoing Chair of the UK Stroke Forum- a coalition of 32 national multi-disciplinary organizations involved in stroke from across the UK committed to improving care for people after stroke
  • Board Member, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Member of the RCP Intercollegiate Working Party for stroke
  • Was a member of sub-panel 3 in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework)

Although Avril's main areas of interest are stroke rehabilitation and conducting randomized controlled trials, she is interested in all aspects of rehabilitation research. She has conducted trials and service evaluations of stroke units, occupational therapy pre-discharge home visits, falls reduction/management, interventions for people with MS, traumatic brain injury, low back pain and total hip replacements.

Avril is currently conducting research into GP 'fit notes', fatigue after stroke, falls, memory rehabilitation after brain injury, vocational rehabilitation, early supported discharge, hemianopia and re-enablement services.

Expertise Summary

Keywords:

Rehabilitation research, occupational therapy, stroke rehabilitation, total hip replacement, falls, home visits, lower back pain, traumatic brain injury, MS, vocational rehabilitation.

Esteem Indicators:

  • Sub-panel 3: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) , HEFCE. (2011-)
  • Outgoing Chair of the UK Stroke Forum (Jan 2015-): coalition of 32 national multi-disciplinary organizations involved in stroke from across the UK committed to improving stroke care in the UK.
  • Royal College of Physicians Intercollegiate Working Party for Stroke to develop the National Clinical Guidelines for stroke care in the UK. This group is also responsible for the development UK Sentinel Stroke Audit Project
  • Member of the Editorial Board of The British Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Member of the Editorial board of Clinical Rehabilitation

Research Summary

Prof Drummond's main area of interest is in stroke rehabilitation. She is also directly involved in a number of trials and surveys, for example;

The NotFAST study; Understanding the nature of the clinical problem and determining factors associated with fatigue in stroke patients without depression.

Getting the best from the GP fit note.

Cognitive Rehabilitation for attention and memory in people with Multiple Sclerosis. (CRAMMS)

Why do stroke patients not receive the recommended amount of therapy? (ReAct) (With Colleagues in Bradford, Newcastle, Sheffield and Salford).

A trial to evaluate an extended rehabilitation service for stroke patients (EXTRAS) ( with colleagues in Newcastle, London, Bradford and Oxford).

Community based rehabilitation after knee arthroplasty (CORKA) ( led by Oxford)

Virtual Reality Intervention for assessing risk in patients' homes after stroke (The Stroke Association, Senior Fellowship).

Selected Publications

Membership/Roles

  • Sub-panel 3: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) (2011-)
  • Chair Elect of the UK Stroke Forum (Jan 2013-): coalition of 32 national multi-disciplinary organizations involved in stroke from across the UK committed to improving stroke care in the UK.
  • Vice Chair of The Stroke Association Research Award Committee and Chair of Rehabilitation Committee (2011, 2012-)
  • Royal College of Physicians Intercollegiate Working Party for Stroke to develop the National Clinical Guidelines for stroke care in the UK. This group is also responsible for the development UK Sentinel Stroke Audit Project (2007-)
  • Member of Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy Group: Optimising Early/Acute Care (Stroke). Department of Health (2012-)
  • The Stroke Association Expert Advisory Panel: to advise and represent The Stroke Association to the media on rehabilitation after stroke (2005-)
  • Deputy Director and Rehabilitation Theme Lead- Trent Local Stroke Research Network
  • NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) - Committee member for stroke rehabilitation guidelines and for Stroke Quality Standards
  • Clinical Rehabilitation Journal - Editorial Board Member

Keynote Addresses

  • 2013-keynote address, South West Stroke Event, Exeter.
  • 2012-keynote lecture, Launch of the College of Occupational therapy guidelines on hip management, London
  • 2012- invited speaker. Squeezing the best out of stroke care conference. Launch for the 4th edition of the National Clinical stroke guidelines. Royal College of Physicians, London .
  • 2011- keynote address, All-Ireland Occupational Therapy Conference, Dundalk
  • 2010 - keynote address, Casson Memorial Lecture, for the College of Occupational Therapists (UK), Brighton

Past Research

Occupational Therapy systematic reviews.

Evaluation of Stroke units.

Group treatments for MS.

Vocational Rehabilitation after back injury AND head injury.

Specific components of stroke rehabilitation- leisure, dressing, ADL, home visits and access visits.

Trials of falls- in day hospitals, in the community and in acute hospital settings.

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