Dr Alison Laver-Fawcett

Biography

Profile

As Senior Lecturer in the faculty of Health and Life Sciences, I contribute to teaching and learning at York St John University at an undergraduate, Masters and doctorate level (PhD profile) and through the provision of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

I am a member of the Executive team for the Research Centre for Occupation and Mental Health (RCOMH). Within RCOMH, I serve as the Research Program Lead for the Occupation and Older People’s Mental Health Research programme. My research is clinically orientated and relates to: occupational therapy assessment and outcome measurement; and the assessment and rehabilitation inventions for people with dementia and their carers ACS-UK project. I have a strong commitment to ensuring that people with dementia have equity of access to early diagnosis, ongoing assessment and review, and quality rehabilitation founded upon evidence based interventions. I am engaged in work to raise awareness of dementia and reduce stigma associated with dementia.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Psychology (Neuropsychology and psychometrics) Department of Psychology, University of Surrey, Guildford (1995)
  • Thesis: The Development of the Structured Observational Test of Function (SOTOF)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP), York St John University (2009)
  • Certificate in Professional Development in Developing Quality Improvement Skills. Teesside University (2009)
  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists National Examination - O.T.(C) (1994)
  • Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists (DipCOT), Dorset House, Oxford (1986)

Précis

  • Research Program Lead for the RCOMH Occupation and Older People’s Mental Health Research programme
  • York St John University Teaching Fellow (October 2011 – date)
  • Head of Programme, full-time BHSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy Programme (September 2010 – February 2012)
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) BAOT delegate and WFOT Council member (2009-2011)
  • College of Occupational Therapists (COT) and British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT): Council member for International Affairs (2009-2011)
  • College of Occupational Therapists, Membership and External Affairs Board (2009-2011)
  • Author of ‘Principles of Assessment and Outcome Measure: Theory, Skills and Application’ (2007, John Wiley & Sons)
  • Author of ‘The Structured Observational Test of Function (SOTOF)’
  • Registered Occupational Therapist, Health Professions Council (1986-date)

Teaching

Alison has been awarded a Teaching Fellowship at York St John University (2011)

Undergraduate teaching

Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons) programme:

  • Introduction to Assessment and Evaluation (level 1)
  • Introduction to Evidence Based Practice (level 1)
  • Health Wellbeing and Occupation (level 1)
  • Evidence Based Psychosocial Occupational Therapy (level 2)
  • Work Based Enquiry Learning (level 2)
  • Contemporary Careers (level 3)
  • Dissertation (level 3)

Postgraduate teaching

  • MSc Health and Social Care: Mental Health Pathway. Module: Enhancing service user involvement in mental health practice 

Phd supervision

  • Undertaken ‘Effective Research Student Supervision: The Role of the Internal Examiner’ training at Leeds University (2012)
  • Successfully completed PhD supervisor training at Teesside University (1998) and Leeds University (2009)
  • Main supervisor for one part-time PhD student at York St John University (2009-)
    Co-supervisor for one full-time PhD student at York St John University (2012- )

Post graduate development and teaching

  • MSc in Health and Social Care, York St John University: I was a member of the development team for the Mental Health Pathway and contribute to teaching and dissertation supervision.
  • Continuing professional development (CPD) courses on assessment and outcome measurement for allied health professionals provided at York St John University and commissioned external CPD events.

PhD External examining

  • University of Sydney, Australia – 2011
  • University of Lancaster – 2010, 2012

Previous undergraduate teaching experience at:

  • Leeds Metropolitan University (2007-2008)
  • University of Teesside (1998-1999)
  • McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada (1994-1997)
  • Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, USA (1993-1994)
  • Canterbury Christ Church College (1991-1993)

Professional Activities

External

  • Alison led a World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) project to review and update the WFOT 2006 Position Statement on Research. The revised position statement is entitled: International Collaborative Research in Occupational Therapy revised CM2012’.
  • College of Occupational Therapists (COT) and British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT): Council member for International Affairs (2009-2011)
  • College of Occupational Therapists Membership and External Affairs Board (2009-2011)
  • College of Occupational Therapists International Working group – co-chair(2009-2011)
    World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) BAOT delegate and WFOT Council member (2009-2011)
  • Member of the WFOT Education and Research programme (2010-2012)
  • College of Occupational Therapists Steering Group National SNOMED Occupational Therapy Subsets project and the Outcomes Term SNOMED subset project (2006-)

Membership of Professional organisations

  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists
  • British Association of Occupational Therapists

EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (Erasmus)

  • Erasmus funded teachers’ exchange visit to teach at Oslo University College, Oslo, Norway (March 2011)
  • Erasmus funded visit to the University of Gothenburg, Sweden to build future exchange opportunities for students and staff (March 2011)
  • Erasmus Partner Week at Oslo University College, Oslo, Norway, (March, 2010)

York St John University

  • Faculty Teaching Fellow Network

  • Subject Curriculum and Quality Enhancement Panel (OT)

  • Teaching Fellow Network

  • Postgraduate Supervisors Forum

Service evaluation and improvement experience 2000-2008

  • Modernisation Manager, Service Development Team, NYYPCT: Lead for Older People’s Mental Health Service evaluation and improvement (in-patient and community based services within secondary and primary care).
  • Dementia Service Collaborative (DSC) project manager for Harrogate and Rural locality
  • Member of the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) Everybody’s Business Managed Learning Network for North East, Yorkshire and Humber and Lincolnshire (NEYHL).
  • Mental Health Project Worker: Employed by Harrogate Health Care Trust and North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) to evaluate and develop services for older people with mental health problems in the Ripon and Harrogate Districts.

Clinical Practice Experience

  • Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust (NYYPCT). Whilst in this role also served as the NYYPCT’s Allied Health Professions (AHP) link with the Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority (SHA) (2007-2008)

Examples of Past Contributions

  • Invited by Janet Crampton, National Programme manager – Ageing Strategy and Intergenerational Project, Department of Health to serve on a working group related to the development of a Toolkit for commissioning outcomes for people with dementia: ‘Better outcomes in dementia’ (2010)
    Worked with the editor of OTNews on a special edition related to occupational therapy for people with dementia (published April 2010)
  • Invited Panel member for BBC Radio York’s ‘Who Cares? The dementia debate’ Friends Meeting House, York. 24th March 2010. Debate was broadcast on BBC Radio (2010)
  • Invited member of the ‘Meeting the Milestones’ working group. Involved with the development of a self assessment tool to partner the Recovering Ordinary Lives: the strategy for occupational therapy in mental health services 2007-2017. College of Occupational Therapists, London (2008)
  • Served on the Editorial Board for the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) National Older People’s Mental Health Programme publication ‘Strengthening the Involvement of People with Dementia: A resource for Implementation’ (Forward by Ivan Lewis MP Parliamentary Under Secretary for care Services) (2007)

Journal reviewer

  • British Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Ergoterapeuten: The Norwegian Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Innovations in Education and Training International

Grant reviewer

  • United Kingdom Occupational Therapy Research Foundation (UKOTRF)
  • College of Occupational Therapists (COT)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
  • UK University Funding Council and Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)

Research

Alison is the Research Program Lead for the Occupation and Older People’s Mental Health Research programme within the Research Centre for Occupation and Mental Health (RCOMH).

Current Research Interests:

  • The development of the Activity Card Sort – United Kingdom (ACS-UK)
  • Occupation and participation of people with dementia and their carers
  • The development of the Structured Observational test of Function (SOTOF)

Recent research:

Establishing the content validity of a United Kingdom (UK) version of the Activity Card Sort (ACS) – to be known as the ACS-UK: Item selection and domains (2010-2011) with Sarah Mallison

Alison is involved in the Student as Co-researcher (SCoRE) project and has led and co-supervised a number of undergraduate dissertation projects:

  • An investigation into the impact of dementia on occupational engagement as perceived by people with dementia and carers of people with dementia (2009-2011)
  • A study to explore the knowledge and perceptions of stigma relating to dementia in 30-50 year old students (2009-2010)
  • An investigation into younger people’s knowledge of dementia and their perceptions of dementia related stigma (2009-2010)
  • A qualitative investigation into the perceptions of older people regarding the nature of stigma in relation to dementia (2008-2009)
  • Knowledge of dementia, dementia related stigma and help seeking amongst community dwelling older people (2008-2009)

Past Research Funding has been awarded by:

  • Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, York St John University (2010-2011)
  • Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Partnership (2008-2009)
  • The Ontario March of Dimes (1995-1997)
  • The Stroke Recovery Association of Ontario (1995)
  • Office of Gerontology, McMaster University (1995-1996)
  • Educational Centre for Ageing and Health (1995-1996)
  • Nottingham Rehab Limited (1993)
  • Canterbury Christ Church College (1992-1993)
  • The College of Occupational Therapists: Constance Owen Fund (1992)
  • The College of Occupational Therapists: Pressalit Award (1991-1992)
  • The Nuffield Foundation (1992-1993)
  • The King's Fund (1991 -1992)
  • St George's Hospital Medical Trustees (1991)
  • South West Thames Regional Health Authority LORS Grant (1990-1991)

Examples of reports from Project work

The following reports link to commissioned research projects, policy development and service evaluations:

Lucas E, Laver-Fawcett AJ, Doherty P (2010) Kingsway West Area Action Project: project Evaluation, Report for City of York Council

Laver-Fawcett AJ (2009) Listening to you: National Dementia Strategy: Key priorities for Yorkshire and Humber. Report on the analysis of responses from the Listening and engagement exercise and consultation process. Report for the Yorkshire and Humber Improvement partnership and the Department of Health

Laver AJ (2008) National Dementia Strategy: Report on the Listening and Engagement exercise for the North East. Report to the Care Service Improvement Partnership and Department of Health.

Laver AJ (2008) National Dementia Strategy: Report on the Listening and Engagement exercise for Yorkshire and Humber. Report to the Care Service Improvement Partnership and Department of Health.

Laver AJ (2008) National Dementia Strategy: Report on the Listening and Engagement exercise for the North West. Report to the Care Service Improvement Partnership and Department of Health.

Laver A J (2008) Missing Patients Toolkit: A resource for acute hospitals, community hospitals and mental health units, developed by trusts in the North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire area. Report to the National Patient Safety Agency and the NHS Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority

Laver A J (2007) Everybody’s Business Managed Learning Network (EB MLN) Participants’ Evaluation. Report to the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) North East, Yorkshire & Humber (NEYH) and North West (NW)

Laver A J (2002) Review of British Legion’s Provision for Elderly Mentally Infirm (EMI): Results of needs assessment survey. Report to the Royal British Legion

Laver A J, Morrell J (2002) Care Programme Approach (CPA) Service User Audit. Report to Craven, Harrogate and Rural Primary Care Trust and Harrogate Healthcare NHS Trust

Examples of Commissioned Project work:

City of York Council (CYC) 2009-2010

Supervised project to provide an independent evaluation of the Kingsway Wets Area Action project and co-wrote report

Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Partnership (YHIP) 2008-2010

  1. Analysis of the Yorkshire and Humber Region’s data from consultation events related to the Department of Health and Criminal Justice System’s ‘Safeguarding Adults A consultation on the review of the ‘No secrets’ guidance’ and production of a report for the Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Partnership (2009-2010)
  2. Collation and organisation of the Yorkshire and Humber Region’s data from consultation events related to the Department of Health and Criminal Justice System’s ‘Safeguarding Adults A consultation on the review of the ‘No secrets’ guidance’ and report to the Department of Health on behalf of the Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Partnership (2008-2009)
  3. Listening to you project. Analysis of responses from the Listening and engagement exercise and consultation process for the national dementia strategy in the Yorkshire and Humber Region and provision of a report identifying regional priorities for the Yorkshire and Humber Improvement partnership and the Department of Health (2008)

Care Services improvement Partnership (CSIP) 2008

Analysis of responses from the Listening and engagement exercise and consultation process for the national dementia strategy for the Yorkshire and Humber, North East and North West regions and provision of three National Dementia Strategy: Report on the Listening and Engagement exercise (one report per region) for the Care Service Improvement Partnership and Department of Health.

National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) and North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire Strategic Health Authority 2006-2007 This project involved the development of guidelines for key components of a multi- agency protocol for the management of patients who go missing whilst in the care of the NHS and the development a toolkit of resources and practice examples for managers and frontline staff to support services.

Past Research posts:

  • Honorary Research Fellow, Faculty of Health, Medical Sciences and Social Care, University of Cumbria. (2007-2008)
  • Doctoral Fellow, Program in Occupational Therapy, Washington University School of Medicine, , St. Louis, Missouri, USA (1993-1994)
  • Research Occupational Therapist (Senior I), Department of Geriatric Medicine, St George's Hospital Medical School, London (1990-1991)

Publications

Book

Laver Fawcett A. J. (2007) Principles of Assessment and Outcome Measurement for Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists: Theory, Skills and Application. London: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.

Book chapters and contributions:

Laver Fawcett A. J. (2012) Chapter 18. Assessment, Evaluation and Outcome Measurement. In: E. Cara & A. MacRae. Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: An Evolving Practice. 3rd Edition. Hingham Massachusetts: Cengage Learning - Delmar Publishers

Test manuals and psychometric materials:

Laver, A. J., Powell, G. E. (1995). The Structured Observational Test of Function (SOTOF) Windsor: NFER-NELSON.

Laver, A. J., Huchison, S. (1993). The standardisation of COTNAB for elderly subjects: report and conversion tables. Nottingham: Nottingham Rehab Ltd.

Peer Reviewed Journal articles

Laver Fawcett, Alison and Brain, Leanne and Brodie, Courtney and Cardy, Lauren and Manaton, Lisa (2016) The Face Validity and Clinical Utility of the Activity Card Sort – United Kingdom (ACS-UK). British Journal of Occupational Therapy. (In Press)

Faria, R and Weatherly, H and Kiss, N and Manca, A and Parker, G and Beresford, B and Pilkington, G and Laver Fawcett, Alisonand Kanaan, M and Rabiee, P and Mann, R and Aspinal, F (2015) The Challenges in Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of Complex Interventions. Value in Health, 18 (7). A727-A728.

Laver-Fawcett, A J (2014) Routine standardised outcome measurement to evaluate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions: essential or optional? Ergoterapeuten, 4, 28-37

Law M, Laver-Fawcett A (2013) Canadian Model of Occupational Performance: 30 years of impact! British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76 (12) 519

Laver-Fawcett AJ, Mallinson S H (2013). Development of the Activity Card Sort - United Kingdom version (ACS-UK). OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 33 (3), 134-145. DOI: 10.3928/15394492-20130614-02.

Laver-Fawcett A (2012) Activity Card Sort – Letter to the Editor. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75 (10) p.482.

Bannigan K, Laver-Fawcett A (2011). Aging, occupation and mental health: the contribution of the Research Centre for Occupation and Mental Health. World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Bulletin 63 55-60.

Brintnell S, Laver-Fawcett AJ, Ledgerd R (2011). Editorial: International development of occupational therapy: what will you contribute? British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74 (10) 455.

Bannigan K, Lewis P, Laver-Fawcett A, Wolverson C, Long C, Cadman D, Cotterill D (2011). Is it time for a mental health pathway in undergraduate programmes? British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74 (3) 153-156.

Other recent publications:

Ledgerd R, Laver-Fawcett AJ (2011) It’s time to get involved in the work of WFOT. Occupational Therapy News, 19 (12), p. 48

Laver-Fawcett AJ (2010) What is the role of your council member for international affairs? And WFOT – how can you get involved? Occupational Therapy News, 18 (12) p52

Laver-Fawcett AJ (2010) Increasing Research capacity: report on the international launch of the Research Centre for Occupation and mental Health (RCOMH) at the WFOT world congress in Chile. Occupational Therapy News, 18 (7), p. 22.

Laver-Fawcett AJ (2010) Contributing to national policy development: an OT’s journey. Occupational Therapy News, 18 (4), p. 22-23

Laver-Fawcett AJ (2009) WFOT – what does it offer you and what can you contribute? Occupational Therapy News, 17 (12), p. 25

Recent Keynote presentations:

Laver-Fawcett AJ (March 2010) Keynote speaker: Outcome measurement: importance and selection. UK Occupational Therapy research Foundation (UKOTRF) 3rd Annual Event ‘Outcome Measures and Effective Practice’, College of Occupational Therapists, London

Recent invited presentations:

Laver-Fawcett AJ, Wey S, Golledge J, Zhurauskaya, D (2013) Implementation of mobile tablet technology and apps to enhance student learning on an undergraduate occupational therapy curriculum (1 hour workshop). Higher Education Academy (HEA) Health and Social Care Annual Conference. June 5-6th 2013. Leeds, UK

Laver-Fawcett AJ (September 2011) Outcome Measures in Occupational Therapy. North West Regional Group of Occupational Therapists: Regional Life Long Learning Event. University of Cumbria, Lancaster, UK.

Laver-Fawcett AJ (June 2010) Led the International session in my role as COT / BAOT Council member, College of Occupational Therapists 34th Annual Conference, Brighton, UK

Laver-Fawcett AJ (July 2009) Invited presentation. Key Priorities for Yorkshire and Humber. Department of Health and Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Partnership Sub Regional Launch of the National Dementia Strategy ‘Key Priorities for Yorkshire and Humber’, York, UK

Laver-Fawcett AJ, Stainsby R, Wallbank R (July 2009) Invited workshop. Reducing Stigma. Department of Health and Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Partnership Sub Regional Launch of the National Dementia Strategy ‘Key Priorities for Yorkshire and Humber’, York, UK

Laver-Fawcett AJ (May 2009) Invited presentation. Key Priorities for Yorkshire and Humber. Department of Health and Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Partnership Sub Regional Launch of the National Dementia Strategy ‘Key Priorities for Yorkshire and Humber’, Doncaster, UK

Laver-Fawcett AJ, Wallbank R (May 2009) Invited workshop. Reducing Stigma. Department of Health and Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Partnership Sub Regional Launch of the National Dementia Strategy ‘Key Priorities for Yorkshire and Humber’, York, UK

Laver A J (September 2007) Missing Patients: Working together to locate and manage patients who go missing from NHS services. Missing People: Beyond the national protocol Agreement. Two day conference for police officers, organized by Missing people. Blackpool, Lancashire, England.

Laver A J (June 2005) Workshop: Mapping needs and commissioning MHSOP in a rural area, leading to rapid response, intermediate care, memory assessment and young onset dementia service. Commissioning and Developing Mental Health Services for Older People. National Mental Health Partnership (NMHP) Learning Event, Birmingham, England.

Laver A J, Allen L (May 2004) Paper: Recruiting, training and empowering service users to interview fellow service users and carers for the CPA audit. Mental Health - 4th Annual Conference, London, England.

Laver A J (November 2004) Workshop: Leading service reviews: overview of the process and strategies for getting started. Lead, Inspire and deliver: 3rd Annual Occupational Therapy Manager’s Conference, organised by the College of Occupational Therapists, Bristol, England.

Laver A J (June & July 2002) Writing reviews for publication. British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation and Disabled Living Foundation. London

Laver-Fawcett A & Austin C (November 2012) Invited two hour workshop. Outcome Measures in Practice, Evaluation and Commissioning. British Association of Occupational Therapists and Unison Occupational Therapy Stewards’ National seminar. Aston University, Birmingham.

Laver-Fawcett AJ. (October 2012) One day commissioned workshop: Assessment and Evaluation in Occupational Therapy. Hong Kong Health Authority and Institute of Advanced Applied Health Studies, Hong Kong.

Laver-Fawcett AJ. (October 2012) Two day commissioned workshop: Reflecting on Outcome measurement in occupational therapy practice – how can practice be improved. Hong Kong Health Authority and Institute of Advanced Applied Health Studies, Hong Kong

Laver-Fawcett AJ, Austin C (June 2010) Workshop. Applying the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) to assessment. College of Occupational Therapists 34th Annual Conference, Brighton, UK

Laver-Fawcett AJ (June 2010) Paper presentation. To be or not to be valid: that is the critical question. College of Occupational Therapists 34th Annual Conference, Brighton, UK

Laver-Fawcett AJ, Claire Craig (June 2010) Poster. Implementing the National Dementia Strategy (England): how are occupational therapists contributing? College of Occupational Therapists 34th Annual Conference, Brighton, UK

Laver-Fawcett AJ (May 2010) Paper presentation. Contributing to Regional and National Policy: an occupational therapist’s experience of policy development, implementation and review in England – a journey to improving services for older people with mental health problems. 15th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Santiago, Chile

Laver-Fawcett AJ (May 2010) Oral prime poster presentation. Involving our service users in occupational therapy provision: how to set standards for involvement and evaluate our progress.15th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress, Santiago, Chile

Laver-Fawcett AJ (September 2009) Paper presentation: Key priorities for supporting people with dementia and their carers: Yorkshire and Humber region’s analysis of consultation data related to the development of the National Dementia Strategy. Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) 3rd International Conference, York, UK

Stainsby R, Laver-Fawcett AJ (September 2009) Poster presentation. The nature of Stigma Associated with Dementia: the perspectives of older people. Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) 3rd International Conference, York, UK

 

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