Dr Joanna Fletcher-Smith from the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing was presented with the UK Occupational Therapy Research Foundation (UKOTRF) Research Career Development Award by HRH Princess Anne at the College of Occupational Therapists ‘Celebration of Excellence in Occupational Therapy Awards’ held at Drapers Hall in London last month. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has been the Patron of the College of Occupational Therapists for 30 years (1986 – 2016). This special awards event celebrated HRH’s 30 years as Patron and invited The Princess Royal to present some prestigious awards to members of the British Association of Occupational Therapists.
The Career Development Award is aimed at supporting an outstanding occupational therapist within five years of completing a PhD in pusuing a research career and at increasing research capacity within the profession.
Dr Fletcher-Smith would use the grant for a project on patient peer mentoring interventions for people with acquired brain injury. This project is to be completed by PhD student Richard Morris under the supervision of Dr Kate Radford and Dr Fletcher-Smith.
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