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Phillip Whitehead

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Research and Practice Background

Dr Phillip Whitehead is a Senior Research Fellow within the Division of Rehabilitation & Ageing and is a Health and Care Professions Council registered Occupational Therapist. He is the Principal Investigator for the Bathing Adaptations in the Homes of Older Adults (BATH-OUT) study, funded by NIHR School for Social Care Research. Phillip also works with Professor Marion Walker assisting to develop and manage the stroke rehabilitation research portfolio. Phillip's research interests are in all aspects of occupational therapy within social care and community settings and more broadly in the prevention and integration agendas. He has particular interest in exploring the feasibility and use of randomised controlled trials within social care and is a previous NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowship award holder. Phillip's PhD, which was funded by a prestigious NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship, involved a programme of work focusing on the design and evaluation of an occupational therapy intervention within homecare re-ablement.

Research Grants and Fellowships

  • 2016 -NIHR School for Social Care Research Project Grant - Bathing Adaptations in the Homes of Older Adults (The BATH-OUT Study)
  • 2016 - NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowship
  • 2013 - NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship
  • 2011 - Building Skills and Experience Travel Scholarship (BESTS) - University of Nottingham
  • 2010 - United Kingdom Occupational Therapy Research Foundation - Research Career Development Grant

Expertise Summary


Occupational Therapy Research; Homecare Re-ablement Services; Occupational Therapy and Social Care; Housing Adaptations; Hospital Discharge.

Research Summary

The BATH-OUT Study

Phillip is the lead investigator for an NIHR School for Social Care funded project: Bathing Adaptations in the Homes of Older Adults (BATH-OUT). Bathing adaptations involve an alteration to the bathroom of a disabled person, usually the removal of the bath and replacement with an accessible showering facility. This study is investigating the effects of bathing adaptations on the health, wellbeing and quality of life of older adults and their carers. The study involves a novel waiting list control method and a qualitative interview study.

Read more about the BATH-OUT study

The protocol for the BATH-OUT study can be found at

Recent Publications

  • Health Professions Council - Registered Occupational Therapist
  • The British Association of Occupational Therapists - Professional Member
  • Society for Research in Rehabilitation
  • Member of the College of Occupational Therapists Research and Development Board
  • Member of the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care - Guideline Committee for Intermediate Care (including Reablement)

Past Research

NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowship

Phillip previiously held an NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowship based at Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit (NCTU). The aim of this fellowship was to develop skills and experience in clinical trials. He worked across several trials at NCTU in order to experience all aspects of the delivery of clinical trials and completed a concurrent training programme as part of this fellowship.

Occupational Therapy in Homecare Re-ablement Services - PhD

"Homecare re-ablement services" provide support for people to manage independently at home. Although occupational therapists have specialist skills in this field, their involvement in such schemes varies nationally. This research will compare outcomes for users who receive occupational therapy intervention with those who do not, and investigate the content of occupational therapy in homecare re-ablement services. The methods will include a systematic review, interviews with occupational therapists and re-ablement service users, and a feasibility randomized controlled trial. The research will explore the occupational therapy role in re-ablement teams and investigate the effectiveness and cost effectiveness. The results have potential cost savings for social care services and the NHS.

The protocol for the feasibility RCT can be found at:

Home Visits after Stroke (HOVIS) and MPhil

Phillip previously worked as research associate on the Home Visits after Stroke (HOVIS) study, a feasibility randomised controlled trial. This trial randomized eligible patients to receive either a pre-discharge home visit with an occupational therapist or a pre-discharge hospital interview with an occupation therapist. He worked as research associate on the Home Visit after Stroke (HOVIS) randomised controlled trial. He also completed an MPhil which combined quantitative and qualitative approached to explore the characteristics of patients with a stroke who were believed to need a pre-discharge home visit by occupational therapists.

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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