Research and development

Building the evidence base for the OT profession

The Research and Development team 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

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

Dedicated staffing

  • 4 R&D officers (with leads for research governance, evidence-based resources, informatics and projects)
  • 3 librarians
  • 2 administrative staff


Supporting Practice - evidence and resources

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

OT Evidence Fact Sheets

  • Evidence fact sheets provide key facts, examples of cost benefits and related reference points across a range of key service areas in which occupational therapy interventions are being delivered


Library and information services


Annual Awards for education, research and continuing professional development

UK Occupational Therapy Research Foundation (UKOTRF)

Events to support research and development activity

  • UKOTRF events to support research skills' acquisition and evidence-based practice
  • Annual Conference emerging research session and UKOTRF Early Researcher Award
  • Contribution to members' events focussing on research and development, research governance and ethics, and information management