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Carol Coole

Research Occupational Therapist, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Carol Coole qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1976 and has worked in a variety of clinical areas. From 1995 she was based at the Spinal Disorders Unit at Queens Medical Centre, which led to an interest in ergonomics/human factors. She gained an MSc in Human Factors in Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Nottingham in 1999. Following this she returned to clinical work, helping to develop a new multidisciplinary rehabilitation service for people with persisting back problems until 2008 when she was awarded a three year Primary Care Fellowship by Arthritis Research UK and registered for a part-time PhD with the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing, awarded in December 2012. Carol is currently a senior research fellow in the School of Health Sciences.

Expertise Summary

Keywords:

Rehabilitation research, occupational therapy, lower back pain, vocational rehabilitation, fit notes, musculoskeletal conditions.

Research Summary

Carol has recently completed a study of GP fit notes funded by the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH). The purpose of the study was to identify the content of the 'ideal' fit note by… read more

Recent Publications

  • College of Occupational Therapy Specialist section for occupational therapy in work practice and productivity, East Midlands- Representative

Current Research

Carol has recently completed a study of GP fit notes funded by the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH). The purpose of the study was to identify the content of the 'ideal' fit note by investigating employers', employees' and GPs' experiences and views about the fit note. The study report will shortly be published by the funders.

Carol is currently funded by Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group through Research Capability Funding to develop a research proposal concerning fit notes for employed patients with mental health conditions.

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