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RCOMH Steering Group Member - Dr Hazel Mackey

Hazel MackeyAfter qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 1985,  I worked in the profession as a clinician, academic, and manager. I have many years of experience working in rehabilitation settings within elderly and primary care and have been involved in the education and training of therapy support workers and skill mix initiatives throughout  my various roles.

I have been actively involved in research since 2001 when I started investigating the role of support workers in occupational therapy. Later, my interest in health services research developed through my PhD studies into NHS modernisation and the effects on professional identities.

I am actively involved in building research capacity within the health and social care  professions . In my current role, I am the Research Lead for Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust for 4 days per week and for one day a week , I am the Occupational Therapy Research Facilitator, for the West Midlands Primary Care Research Network. In these roles I am involved with the development, piloting, delivery and evaluation of  research studies, and I engage with care partners to support the operationalisation of research into practice. I am passionate about research that is practice driven and applicable to the development and modernization of services.

I am a Member of the Research and Development Board, College of Occupational Therapists; the Occupational Therapy representative on the West Midlands North Hub of the Allied Health Professions Research Network; and a Honorary Lecturer, at the School of Health and Rehabilitation, Keele University.