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Increasing implementation and adoption of evidence in practice by occupational therapists

Funded PhD Studentship “Can a targeted knowledge translation intervention increase implementation and adoption of evidence in practice by community children’s occupational therapists?” 

The Occupational Therapy Division at Brunel University London in partnership with the Elizabeth Casson Trust is offering a fully-funded PhD studentship to investigate the effectiveness of a knowledge translation intervention to promote evidence-based practice by community children’s occupational therapists.

Based in the College of Health Medicine and Life Sciences, and funded by the Elizabeth Casson Trust Brunel University London; the studentship offers an annual London rate stipend of £17,451 plus Home/EU tuition fees, for a maximum of 36 months. Preferred start date is 1 Apr 2021.


The PhD studentship has the following aims and objectives:

Aim: To evaluate an intervention to facilitate the implementation and adoption of evidence in practice by community occupational therapists working with children/young people with disabilities and their families.


  1. Establish an evidence library accessible to all study sites
  2. Assess evidence knowledge and adherence to professional standards of evidence-based practice at the study sites
  3. Evaluate attitudes to implementation and adoption of evidence in practice and behaviour change determinants at each site
  4. Develop and deliver targeted education sessions with a behaviour change intervention to facilitate knowledge translation
  5. Provide clinical support and mentorship to clinicians
  6. Evaluate the impact of the knowledge translation intervention

The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Carolyn Dunford and Professor Dido Green. For informal discussions about this studentship, please contact Dr Carolyn Dunford (Carolyn.dunford@brunel.ac.uk).


Candidates should have an occupational therapy diploma/degree and a Masters qualification. Experience of clinical and research aspects of children’s occupational therapy is required. Applicants who have not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section).

How to apply

If you wish to apply, please e-mail the following to chmls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by the 1 March 2021.

  • An up-to-date CV.
  • A single-page A4 single-spaced personal statement stating why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. outlining your qualifications and skills).
  • One example of your academic writing (e.g. an essay, a section from an undergraduate or a Masters dissertation).
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript.
  • A copy of your English language qualification, where applicable.

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview. Applicants chosen for interview will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Admissions.

For further information about how to apply, please contact the College of Health and Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Office on chmls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk

Meet the Supervisor for this Studentship

Dr Carolyn Dunford - Carolyn has a long and varied occupational therapy career combining clinical leadership, and research roles as well as working as an academic in Higher Education. She has specialised in working with children and young people with disabilities and their families.  Carolyn is passionate about children and young people's participation and delivering evidence based practice.

Meet the Supervisor for this Studentship

Professor Dido Green - Dido Green has over 25 years clinical and research experience as an Occupational Therapist, specializing in paediatric neurodisability at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals in London UK.  She received her Masters in Clinical Neuroscience from the University of Surrey and PhD from the University of Leeds with post-doctoral work in translational medicine at Kings College London. Dido joined the Occupational Therapy Department at Tel Aviv University in 2009. She was promoted to Reader in Rehabilitation at Oxford Brookes University in 2012, moving to Sweden as Associate Professor at Jönköping University in 2017 and appointed Full Professor in 2019.  Dido joined Brunel University London in September 2019. Academic and teaching areas encourage students’ scientific enquiry of the transactional influences on occupational performance; aiming to develop students’ clinical reasoning and therapeutic skills.  Research interests take an ecological approach to understanding challenges to participation for children and young people. Extensive international collaborations and grant funding have enabled research into the neuroplasticity of sensory-motor learning and behavior and virtual reality in rehabilitation. Current research explores psychosocial development in childhood disability and influences on participation. Publications include seminal papers on neuroplasticity of motor skill acquisition and treatment response of children with hemiplegia, movement behaviour in childhood disability and occupational therapy interventions for motor impairments. She has received over £7 million in grant funding. Dido is Associate Editor of Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology as well as serving on many scientific committees.