Participation in Everyday Life

The Participation in Everyday Life Research Group focus: Studies about people, their everyday occupations and the environment

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Participation: what is it? 

Participation

  • is ‘involvement in a life situation’ (WHO 2001)
  • includes ‘attendance’ (being there); ‘involvement’ (being in the moment) (Imms 2017)
  • occurs when an individual and/or a community is involved in activities, which provide a sense of engagement, within the context of their everyday life
  • is a process as well as an outcome measure (Imms 2017)
  • is a health and wellbeing outcome
  • is concerned with people, their occupations and their cultural, economic, physical, political and social environment.

Research group co-leaders

  • Dr Katrina Bannigan, Associate Professor (Reader) in Occupational Therapy, University of Plymouth, Senior FHEA; Research Occupational Therapist, Visiting Professor Riga Stradins University, Latvia and Accredited Trainer Joanna Briggs Institute, Deputy Director JBI Centre of Excellence University of Plymouth
  • Dr Karen Beaulieu, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, University of Plymouth. Extensive professional background specialising in Neuroscience and Leadership Learning and Teaching National Award Higher Education Academy

Professional backgrounds of research group membership 

  • Occupational therapists
  • Dietitians
  • Nurses
  • Chiropractors
  • Physiotherapists

Research group activities

  • PIEL bi-monthly meeting; Peninsula Allied Health Centre, UCP Marjon Campus, University of Plymouth
  • IHC Plymouth Public Health Forum
  • Host: Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Seminar Series host (See 2018 programme below)
  • Collaboration with partners including Livewell and The Salvation Army
  • Involvement in Masters/Advanced Professional Practice*/CPD modules **
  • ROTTERS Curry Club, Cornwall, Plymouth and Exeter (monthly)

* Contact for APP: Dr Alison WarrenAdvanced Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy

**Contact for CPD: Mr Keith WalkerProfessional Development

International links
  • Professor Jacqueline Ackhurst, Rhodes University, South Africa (Honorary Professor)
  • Dr Clare Hocking, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand (Honorary Professor)
  • Dr Karen Jacobs, Boston University, United States of America (Honorary Professor)
  • Dr Rachel Teplicky, Can-Child Participation Team, McMaster University Canada (Webinar)
  • Occupational Science Europe, Miranda Cunningham (Committee Member)
  • Count Me In International Scientific Meeting 2016 host

Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Seminar Series 2017/2018

This seminar series consists of presentations from internal and external speakers on occupational therapy and occupational science followed by discussion on the presentation. The 17/18 seminar list and previous seminar presentations can be found below.

Research interests include:

  • Food as a lifestyle motivator
  • Homelessness
  • Dementia-friendly flying
  • Life transitions for elderly in care-homes
  • Lived experience of occupation
  • Children's participation in mainstream school
  • Graduating Living Skills Outside of the Ward (GLOW)
  • Return to work following brain injury
  • Outdoor activities for health and well-being

Research group expertise includes:

  • Methodological expertise
  • Systematic reviews
  • Research methods teaching
  • Auto/biography
  • Public engagement in research
  • Qualitative methodology

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Research group members

  • Associate Professor (Reader) in Occupational Therapy
    Research Group Co Leader. Public Health (Thrive Plymouth) IHC Plymouth Case Stud
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
    Research Group Co-Leader. Return to Work following Brain Injury, Neuroscience
  • Associate Professor (Education)
    Inter Professional PG Education Neuroscience Rehabilitation
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Education)
    Homelessness, Social Transformation, Public Health, Food-Based Occupations
  • Lecturer Occupational Therapy (Education)
    Religious Practice
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Education)
    Clinical Leadership Employability
  • Lecturer in Postgraduate Education
    Global Health Sustainability Education
  • Executive Dean
    Knowledge translation, clinical decision-making, workforce issues, organ donatio
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
    Occupational Science Older Adults, Healthy Aging Care Homes
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Education)
    Children’s Participation and Mainstream Schools Handwriting, Visual Perception
  • Lecturer in Public Health Dietetics
    Food as a Lifestyle Motivator Creative Approaches to Food Research
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Education)
    Occupational Science Health Promotion Outdoor Adventure
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Education)
    Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Balanced)
    The Dark Side of Occupation
  • Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
    Dementia-Friendly Flying
  • Lecturer / Academic CPD Co-ordinator
    Chiropractice attitudes to Evidence-Based Practice Qualitative Research
  • Deputy Head of School (Teaching and Learning) and Associate Head of School
    Pedagogy Problem-Based Learning Internationalisation Teaching & Learning