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Research programme: Occupation, mental health and boredom

This research programme is co-led by Dr Katrina Bannigan, Reader at York St John University, and Hilary Williams, Research and Development Lead Occupational Therapist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

            Dr Katrina Bannigan            Hillary_Williams

                  Dr Katrina Bannigan                           Hilary Williams

Having obtained a Research Capacity Training Scholarship at Kings College, London, Hilary is working on an exploratory study of patient experience and staff perspectives of patients’ experience of boredom on a medium secure unit, forming the first stage of an overall piece of work on the development and evaluation of an intervention to address boredom in medium secure units.

The occupation, mental health and boredom programme will provide the home for the first multi-centre, international research study because the initial analysis of the scoping study to map research activity related to occupation and mental health (SIPPS project) has identified 133 people interested in being involved in RCOMH’s research programmes; their interest is spread across the programmes. However when asked which other research programmes they are interested in the most frequently selected programme was the occupation, mental health and boredom programme. This suggests that boredom is an issue which crosses the other research programmes. For this reason boredom has been chosen as the topic that will be used to develop RCOMH’s first international multi-centre research study …watch this space for more information!

Katrina is a PhD supervisor, read her profile.