A number of resources are available to support occupational therapists who are interested in developing a research career, or who are undertaking research.
The COT Research Guides provide information, general guidance, and signposting to a range of resources and opportunities on the identified research topic.
- Research Guide: Capabilities, career planning and funding opportunities
- Research Guide: Research governance and ethics
- COT R&D Board membership
includes a protected position for a postgraduate research student, who has additional responsibilities to represent the needs of this group of members.
Bel Youngson is the current postgraduate research representative on the Board and would welcome any perspectives from BAOT members who are undertaking their postgraduate research studies.
Research and Evidence-informed Practice - SPEaR topic
The Supporting Practice - Evidence and Resources (SPEaR) topic for 'Research and evidence-informed practice' provides signposting for BAOT members to a range of COT resources, policy and contextual information, and sources of evidence.
The College of Occupational Therapists is a member of the Council for Allied Health Professions Research Strategy Committee – the AHP voice for research.
The CAHPR Regional Hub network aims to support the development of individuals interested in research. There are over 20 hubs throughout the UK, each providing bespoke research advice and support. CAHPR hubs welcome contact from students, new and experienced researchers, clinicians, managers, consultants and academics from all Allied Health Professions.
Other useful resources:
- CAHPR Research Position Statement: Developing research skills within AHP pre-registration education
- CAHPR Top Tips: Getting your paper published; Running a journal club; Preparing a scientific poster; Capturing research impact; Becoming a peer reviewer; Engaging with AHSNs; Social media; Patient and Public Involvement (PPI); and Statistics - access this series of leaflets
- The Association of UK University Hospitals guidance document: Transforming healthcare through clinical academic roles in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions: a practical resource for healthcare provider organisations