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RCOMH Steering Group Member - Clair Le Boutillier

Clair Le BoutillierI am the research and development lead for the College of Occupational Therapist’s specialist section for mental health (COTSS-MH) national executive committee and represent COTSS-MH on the RCOMH steering group as a founding partner. This is a fantastic opportunity to forge a partnership and to focus on building the occupation and mental health evidence base by leading and developing coordinated research programmes.

I am an occupational therapist with specialist experience in mental health, vocational rehabilitation and neuroscience, and I have a research interest in the translation of evidence into routine practice. I graduated from Dorset House school of occupational therapy, Oxford Brookes University in 1995 and was awarded the Elizabeth Casson memorial scholarship to complete Masters level study at Boston school of occupational therapy, Tufts University in 1997. Having gained academic and practice experience in the United States, I returned to the UK to incorporate my enthusiasm for research and evidence based practice. I specialised in neuroscience and gained further overseas work experience in Australia in 2000. I returned to the UK and continued to work in neuroscience before moving to the field of chronic fatigue syndrome, and more recently in 2003, to mental health.

I joined King’s College London in 2009 to work on the REFOCUS research programme at the Section for Recovery, Institute of Psychiatry. REFOCUS is a 5-year study funded by the NHS National Institute for Health Research under the Programme Grants for Applied Research scheme, which aims to develop a scientific evidence base of recovery orientation. Alongside this role, I am registered as a part-time PhD student. My PhD research investigates staff perspectives on implementing changes in working practices in order to make recovery orientated community-based national mental health services a reality in England.