Working beyond Diagnosis; friendship, identity and occupations

Working beyond Diagnosis; friendship, identity and occupations

Posted on behalf of School of Health and Social Care

Join us for a free one day workshop on 15 June 2018 to explore issues that affect all health care staff who work with people that have had a significant disruption to, and or loss of, their health.

We’re delighted to welcome Professor Mary Egan (University of Ottawa) as our key note speaker, and Dr Carole Pound and Dr Elizabeth Taylor who will share their research papers. In the morning, these three speakers will look at ‘working beyond a diagnosis’, drawing on their research and clinical practice.

In the afternoon, you will have the choice of one of three workshops which will discuss different research methods which could be used in clinical practice. These workshops aim to be ‘hands on’ so you can experience some of the method for yourself. The content is not specific to working with people who have had a stroke, but are applicable to health and social care settings.


9:30-9:50 Registration

9:50-10:00 Introduction and welcome

10:00-10:50 Professor Mary Egan

Occupation in context

 Mary Egan is occupational therapist and epidemiologist, and director of the doctoral program in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She is interested in the process of helping people return to their valued activities, particularly in the context of stroke.

About Professor Mary Egan

Professor Mary Egan has been at the University of Ottawa since 1996. Within the occupational therapy program, she teaches courses related to occupation, research methods, and occupational therapy with adults experiencing physical disability.

Research interests: Evidence-based occupational therapy engaging in valued activities and health, spiritual issues in occupational therapy, care coordination

 She has many publications in books and journals such as Disability and Rehabilitation, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy and Current Oncology. In 2007 she gave the Muriel Driver Lecture, titled ‘Speaking of suffering and occupational therapy’. 

10:50-11:00 Questions

11:00-11:30 Tea

11:30-12:15 Dr Elizabeth Taylor

Getting the measure of therapy on stroke units

Dr Elizabeth Taylor is Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy in the department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Kingston and St George’s University of London. In clinical practice she specialised in stroke rehabilitation. For her PhD she completed an ethnographic study investigating the delivery of therapy on stroke units, in the context of the auditing of therapy time.

12:15- 13:00 Dr Carole Pound

Humanising stroke care and rehabilitation

Carole trained as a Speech and Language Therapist and has worked clinically in acute hospitals, neurorehabilitation units and community settings in the UK. Her research interests focus on qualitative explorations of relationships, identity and wellbeing after acquired brain injury. Her doctoral studies employed Participatory Action Research to explore the friendship experiences of working aged adults with aphasia. More recently she has worked with clinical teams, organisations and health service users to explore the relevance and applicability of humanization theory in different care and employment contexts. She currently works as an independent researcher and facilitator and is a member of the Centre for Qualitative Research at Bournemouth University.

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Research workshops

[Please choose one of the three workshops below. Max no per workshop =20]

Participatory Action Research (PAR) - Dr Simone Coetzee

Simone is a lecturer in Occupational Therapy at the University of Essex and leads the MSc Occupational Therapy pre-registration programme. In 2017 she completed her PhD examining the occupational experience of participating in an inclusive horticultural social enterprise using participatory action research. This design approach allowed the participants to use the various seasonal food growing occupations in the community market garden as the focus for co-generated reflection, action and learning. Simone’s workshop will touch on PAR, what it means to use PAR as a method and how participatory design can be integrated into different areas of practice.

Narrative Interviews - Dr Caroline Barratt

Caroline completed her interdisciplinary PhD In 2009 using a narrative approach to explore the experience of risk and vulnerability amongst fisherfolk on Lake Victoria, Uganda. During her PhD Caroline taught Biographic-Narrative-Interpretive Method (BNIM), a form of life history research, with Tom Wengraf. Caroline's more recent research includes using Margaret Archer’s theory of reflexivity to explore the experience of young people transitioning out of care as well as qualitative research with other vulnerable social groups. Caroline also has an interest in pedagogy, particularly the integration of contemplation into higher education and how this might influence the values and meaning embodied and expressed in higher education today.

Reflexivity - Dr Lindsey Nicholls

Lindsey is an educationalist and researcher. Her doctoral work explored a psychoanalytic understanding of care through the lived experiences of therapists and their clients. She has published work on the use of psychoanalytic theory in research methods (reflexivity) and co-authored a book on psychoanalytic thinking in occupational therapy.

How to get here:

Contact details for any issues/enquiries on the day:

Dr Linsdey Nicholls


15 Jun 2018 at 9:30am
until 15 Jun 2018 at 3:30pm
University of Essex Colchester Campus
Essex Business School - Room EBS 2.50

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