Research & development

Building the evidence base for the OT profession

The Research and Development Group provides a range of resources and services to support members in their R&D activity.

This includes responding to member enquiries, a range of publications and briefings, presenting at member events, providing funding opportunities for professional development, and running events to develop research skills.

Setting standards

  • All OT personnel will be research consumers
  • Some will be participants in research led by others
  • A few will be research leaders
  • 1% of members to be research leaders
  • 4.2% of graduating students to receive capability development funding to ensure an adequate PhD output
  • Managers to allocate a minimum of one half-day a month for research or other quality-enhancing activity (Ilott and White 2001)1

Dedicated staffing

  • 3 R&D officers
  • 3 librarians
  • 2 administrative staff


  • Web-based briefings (e.g. research resources, evidence-based practice, research competencies and applying for ethics approval)
  • R&D @ COT and COTIM bulletins
  • Publications (e.g. R&D strategies, BJOT outputs, OTN pieces, downloadable publications)

Supporting Practice - evidence and resources

  • SPEaR topics signpost practitioners to policy, COT resources and evidence

Library and information services

  • Archive materials
  • ejournals / ebooks
  • hOT topics
  • Library catalogue
  • Literature searching
  • National collection of occupational therapy literature
  • Saved literature searches
  • Thesis collection/loans


Annual Awards for education, research and continuing professional development

  • Annual funding stream to support a range of member activities

United Kingdom Occupational Therapy Research Foundation (UKOTRF)

  • Provides funding to support members' research activity and research capacity building
  • A range of grants available
  • Commissioned research funding

Events to support research and development activity

  • UKOTRF events to support research skills' acquisition and evidence-based practice
  • Annual Conference workshops focussing on research skills acquisition and knowledge-sharing
  • Contribution to members' events focussing on research and development, research governance and ethics, and information management


  • 1 Ilott I, White E (2001) College of Occupational Therapists' Research and Developement Strategic Vision and Action Plan. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64(6) , 270-77.