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RCOMH Steering Group Member - Hilary Williams

Hilary WilliamsMy name is Hilary Williams and I am the current Chair of the Research Centre of Occupation in Mental Health (RCOMH).  It is a privilege to hold this post at such an important time of RCOMH’s development.

With regards to my career journey to date, I gained my Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy from La Trobe University, Australia in 1993.  I have practiced clinically in a variety of mental health settings over the course of my career, initially in Australia and for the past 13 years in the UK.  In 2001 I completed a Masters of Science in Mental Health Studies from Kings College, London.  I work for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and there are 2 aspects to my ‘day job’ – I am the Lead Occupational Therapist for Research and Development and the Deputy Professional Head of Occupational Therapy.  Most recently, I have been awarded a secondment to the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London as a Research Fellow to develop a proposal for study into the field of boredom. 

Additionally, I have been a member of the College of Occupational Therapists’ Research and Development Board (2006-2009), sit on the Editorial Board of the COT Specialist Section – Mental Health magazine and also Chair the Pan London Mental Health Occupational Therapy Research & Development Group.

I feel really excited at the Centre’s potential and am fully committed to its mission  of develop and lead co-ordinated programmes of research in occupation and mental health and well being to influence best practice.