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Kate Radford

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Dr Kate Radford qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1990, working both clinically and academically in neurological rehabilitation. Her PhD and subsequent driving related research includes studies to develop and validate cognitive tests to predict 'fitness-to-drive' in people with long term neurological conditions including traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and dementia and to explore the barriers and enablers to their clinical implementation. Tests include the Stroke Drivers Screening Assessment, Dementia Drivers Screening Assessment, Nottingham Assessment for Drivers with Dementia and Multiple Sclerosis Drivers Screening Assessment.

Kate's other interest is in vocational rehabilitation (VR). Currently funded projects include trials to determine the feasibility of measuring the effects and cost effectiveness of early intervention to prevent job loss in people with TBI and stroke, and research to evaluate health technologies that facilitate participation in people with an acquired brain injury. All studies use mixed methods designs to explore factors affecting trial outcomes and implementation fidelity.

Kate is Deputy Head of the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing and leads the Long Term Conditions research group. She is deputy director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research and lead for the NIHR ICA/ Health Education East Midlands Silver Scholar Awards, supporting aspiring non-medical clinical academics to develop research careers.

Expertise Summary

Kate studied for a PhD at Nottingham with Professor Nadina Lincoln, developing and validating tests to determine driving fitness in people with brain damage resulting from stroke, TBI, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and dementia. Since then she has developed her interests in driving and in vocational rehabilitation.

Kate has worked on numerous applied health research projects, acquiring diverse research skills in the delivery and coordination of randomized controlled trials, using systems methodology to understand and evaluate complex rehabilitation services, consensus development, systematic reviewing and service mapping.

As rehabilitation interventions are complex and intervention success subject to contextual confounders, her studies adopt mixed methods designs to explore factors affecting trial outcomes, implementation fidelity and barriers and enablers to sustainability.

Research Summary

PARTICIPATEs - Peer CoAching foR parTICIPation AfTEr Stroke, Fighting Strokes (Charity) Fletcher-Smith J and Radford K [Awarded £10,000]

PATIENT PEER MENTORING PROJECT, PhD STUDENTSHIP, Nottingham Hospitals Charity, Fletcher-Smith J, Morris R and Radford K [Awarded, £10,000]

Hermes, MRC P2D, Brain in Hand Technology - supporting independence, promoting wellbeing in people with acquired brain injury, Radford K and das Nair R [Awarded £11k]

A systematic mapping review of peer mentoring interventions for people with acquired brain Injury including stroke, UKROTF, Radford K, Co-applicant with Joanna Fletcher Smith and Richard Morris, successful [£10,000])

Masterclass in Assessing of Fitness-to-drive in people with Cognitive Impairment, Radford KA, Hermes Fellowship, University of Nottingham, [Awarded £7,000]

Brain in Hand Technology - supporting independence, promoting wellbeing in people with acquired brain injury, Radford KA, das Nair R, Hermes Fellowship, University of Nottingham (£16,000), Brain in Hand company £21,000, University of Nottingham division of Rehabilitation and ageing and School of Medicine (£18,000) [Awarded £54,000)

PARTICIPATE - Peer CoAching foR parTICIPation AfTEr traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): development of a peer-led coaching intervention; Radford KA, Phillips J, Slater & Gordon Projects and Research Fund 2015 [Awarded £12,187]

Return to Work after Stroke - feasibility of five year follow-up; Phillips J, Radford KA, Naseer H, Jones T, The Elizabeth Casson Trust Postdoctoral Award 2015 College of Occupational Therapists, [Awarded £10,000]

UK Occupational Therapy Research Foundation / University of Nottingham Doctoral Research Fellowship, [£60,000 awarded to Jain Holmes]

Leisure and Social activities after stroke, Burton C, Radford KA, Arthur C, Morrison V, Williams S, Seddon D, Elghenzai S, Edwards M, , NISCHR Social Care Social Care Research Award 2013, [Awarded £138,622]

Return to work after stroke, Radford KA , Edmans J, Terry J, Citycare Partnership, [Awarded £17,000], 2013

Facilitating Return To Work Through Early Specialist Health-Based Interventions, Radford KA, Watkins, C, Sutton CJ, Bhakta B, Phillips J, Drummond A, Walker M, Shakespeare D, Playford D, Sach TH, Jones T, Greenwood R, Duley L, Tyerman A, Whiteley G, Holmes J, Hammond A, FRESH -, NIHR HTA Programme, [Awarded £589,545], 2013- 2016

Return to work after stroke. The Elizabeth Casson Trust Research Grant. UK Occupational Therapy Research Foundation. Applicants: Grant MI, Radford K, Walker M. [Awarded £15,000] 2010.

Return to work after stroke. NIHR Collaborations for Leadership In Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC-NDL) 2008. With Walker MF See:

Return to work following traumatic brain injury: Case control study and economic analysis, College of Occupational Therapists 2007. See:

Mapping Vocational Rehabilitation Services for People with Long Term Neurological Conditions. NIHR Research Initiative for Long Term Neurological Conditions. With Playford D See:

Work Rehabilitation in Inflammatory Arthritis (WORK-IA). Effectiveness and cost effectiveness of an occupational therapy (OT) job retention intervention: a randomised controlled trial. Arthritis Research UK. With Hammond A.

Vocational Rehabilitation Cancer Pilot sites: realistic and cost evaluation. Macmillan (UK). With Playford D and Eva G. See

Work Rehabilitation following Acquired Brain Injury WRABI - Evidence Synthesis. NIHR CLAHRC (2011). Applicants: Radford K, French B, Gibson A. 2011

The REJOIN study (REhabilitation for Job and Occupational INdependence) - a feasibility study of a randomised controlled trial to evaluate a vocational rehabilitation intervention for people with cancer. NIHR, with Eva G

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