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Anita is an occupational therapist and Allied Health Professional who specialises in interdisciplinary research that is fair and inclusive. Anita work is strongly service user, community focused and collaborative. Anita is currently seconded for 2 days a week to Health and Care Research Wales to develop a research action plan for Nurses, Midwives, and Allied Health Professionals (AHP). Prior to this secondment In 2021 she was nominated by her peers to deliver the prestigious Elizabeth Casson Memorial Lecture. https://www.rcot.co.uk/2021-elizabeth-casson-memorial-lecture:No Barriers to Brilliance: Social and Creative Courage to innovate and disrupt Occupational therapy practice.

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Anita is a mixed method researcher but is currently using participatory methods in her user led research. Anita's research is applied, pragmatic and leads to change and impact in the real world of policy and practice. Anita supervisors and examines PhD students both nationally and internationally. Anita is also a mentor and her current research funded by the Elizabeth Casson Trust explores mentoring for minoritised OTs.

Anita has held many senior roles in the Royal College of Occupational Therapists including member of the Research and Development Committee and Professional Practice Board. She is currently a trustee and council member for Research at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (voted by members).

Anita has been an Associate Editor for Occupational Therapy International and is a peer reviewer for many journals. Anita is also a grant reviewer for grants such as the Research for Patient Benefit Programme (NIHR) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Prior to joining London South Bank University Anita led the Centre for Professional Practice Research at Brunel University. Anita currently is in the process of developing a network in London across 5 London Trusts to promote research for minoritised OTs. She has written 2 texts books both of which are in the second edition to promote Active Ageing and address issues in professional practice for AHPs

Anita presents at international and national conferences as well as participating in webinars to promote research.

Anita has published over 60 research articles. Her research is interprofessional crossing many boundaries and disciplines.Anita research aims to improve the health and wellbeing of older people with long term conditions and communities to improve care and service provision. Her PhD and subsequent work have had a specific focus on transitions from hospital to home and how digital technology can facilitate this. Her work now has a specific focus on equity. Anita was commissioned by CAPHR (FAIR RESEARCH) to scope the inclusivity of CAHPR. This work formed an important part of the AHP research with the NIHR in relation to fair access for all AHPs.

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Mr Abdullahi Ali NgalaInvestigate Saudi citizens attitudes and perceptions towards the image of nursing as a careerPhD
Mrs Rita Chineze MelifonwuDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
MSc

London SouthBank University

1995
1995
PhD

Middlesex University

1997
1999
Diploma in Occupational Therapy

Derby School of Occupational Thera

1986
1989
Senior Lecturer Occupational Therapy
Brunel University

Director centre for Professional Practice

MSc Module lead for dissertation and evidence based practice

1999
2015
Education
FunderYear wonProjectRole
Elizabeth Casson Trust2024ACH_Evaluation of mentoring project_Elizabeth CassonPrincipal Investigator
Elizabeth Casson Trust2024Evaluation of Mentoring ProjectPrincipal Investigator
Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)2023The cultural adaptation of Occupational Therapy as a complex intervention for Somalis in the United Kingdom Principal Investigator
Health Education England2022HSC_Return to Practice_HEEPrincipal Investigator
Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP)2022HSC_CAHPR Project 2_CSPPrincipal Investigator
Elizabeth Casson Trust2022No Barriers to Success: Co-Production for Knowledge Generation Principal Investigator
Health Education England2022HSC_Career Choice Community Research_HEEPrincipal Investigator
Elizabeth Casson Trust2021No Barriers to Success: Safe space as a vehicle to promote personal and career transitions for BAME OTs and ManagersPrincipal Investigator
Royal College of Occupational Therapists
1989
Occupational Therapy International

Associate editor
2020
Australian Journal of Occupational Therapy
University of East Anglia
External examiner

Post graduate taught mdoules

September 2018
November 2023
brunel University

Jount research in relaiton to falls

April 2015
March 2025
University of West Indies

Stroke and Carers and EEI

September 2020
September 2022
University of Canterbury

EEI stroke research and joint supervision of NIHR pre doctoral research student

June 2018
December 2024
British Polio Society

Research into Polio

Third sector
May 2012
December 1926

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Return to Practice for Allied Health Professionals with protected characteristics: a mixed method study.
Atwal, A. and Sriram, V. (2024). Return to Practice for Allied Health Professionals with protected characteristics: a mixed method study. BMJ Leader. https://doi.org/10.1136/leader-2024-000981

Perceptions of Black and Minoritised Ethnic (BME) Occupational Therapists experiences on mentoring
Atwal, A., Sriram, V. and McKay, E.A. (2023). Perceptions of Black and Minoritised Ethnic (BME) Occupational Therapists experiences on mentoring. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1177/03080226231209817

Understanding the difference, makes the difference: perceptions of Black and Minoritised ethnic occupational therapists on mentoring
Atwal, A., McKay, E. and Sriram, V. (2023). Understanding the difference, makes the difference: perceptions of Black and Minoritised ethnic occupational therapists on mentoring. BMC Health Services Research. 23 (1050). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-023-10012-w

Mentoring for Black and Minoritized Allied Health Professionals in Health and Social Care: A Scoping
Atwal, A., Sriram, V. and McKay, E.A. (2023). Mentoring for Black and Minoritized Allied Health Professionals in Health and Social Care: A Scoping. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. 16, pp. 2251-2259.. https://doi.org/0.2147/JMDH.S413085.

Making a difference: Belonging, diversity and inclusion in occupational therapy
Atwal, A., Sriram, V. and McKay, E.A. (2021). Making a difference: Belonging, diversity and inclusion in occupational therapy. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 84 (11), pp. 671-672. https://doi.org/10.1177/03080226211031797

Senior nurses’ perceptions of junior nurses incident reporting: A qualitative study
Atwal, Anita, Phillip, Miriam and Moorley, Calvin (2020). Senior nurses’ perceptions of junior nurses incident reporting: A qualitative study. Journal of Nursing Management. https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.13063

Guidetomeasure-OT: A mobile 3D application to improve the accuracy, consistency, and efficiency of clinician-led home-based falls-risk assessments
Hamm, J., Money, A. and Atwal, A. (2019). Guidetomeasure-OT: A mobile 3D application to improve the accuracy, consistency, and efficiency of clinician-led home-based falls-risk assessments. International Journal of Medical Informatics. 129, pp. 349-365. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2019.07.004

Falls Sensei: A serious 3D exploration game to enable the detection of extrinsic home fall hazards for older adults
Money, AG, Atwal, A, Boyce, E, Gaber, S, Windeatt, S and Alexandrou, K (2019). Falls Sensei: A serious 3D exploration game to enable the detection of extrinsic home fall hazards for older adults. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 19 (1), p. 85. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12911-019-0808-x

Enabling older adults to carry out paperless falls-risk self-assessments using guidetomeasure-3D: A mixed methods study
Hamm, J, Money, AG and Atwal, A (2019). Enabling older adults to carry out paperless falls-risk self-assessments using guidetomeasure-3D: A mixed methods study. Journal of Biomedical Informatics. 92, p. 103135. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbi.2019.103135

How to mitigate the effects of peri-operative death on nursing staff
Rodger, D and Atwal, A (2018). How to mitigate the effects of peri-operative death on nursing staff. Nursing Times. 114 (8), pp. 26-29.

The efficacy of complementary therapy for patients receiving palliative cancer care.
Cedar, SH, White, M and Atwal, A (2018). The efficacy of complementary therapy for patients receiving palliative cancer care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 24 (3), pp. 146-151. https://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2018.24.3.146

Interprofessional learning interventions: championing a lost cause?
Atwal, A (2018). Interprofessional learning interventions: championing a lost cause? Evidence-Based Nursing. 21 (2), pp. 32-33. https://doi.org/10.1136/eb-2018-102888

The use of evidence-based guidance to enable reliable and accurate measurements of the home environment
Spiliotopoulou, G, Atwal, A and McIntyre, A (2017). The use of evidence-based guidance to enable reliable and accurate measurements of the home environment. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 81 (1). https://doi.org/10.1177/0308022617737689

Polio survivors perceptions of a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation programme Disability and Rehabilitation
Atwal, A (2017). Polio survivors perceptions of a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation programme Disability and Rehabilitation. Disability & Rehabilitation (Informa). 41 (2), pp. 150-157. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2017.1381184

Mobile three-dimensional visualisation technologies for clinician-led fall prevention assessments
Hamm, J, Money, A, Atwal, A and Ghinea, G (2017). Mobile three-dimensional visualisation technologies for clinician-led fall prevention assessments. Health informatics journal. 25 (3), pp. 788-810. https://doi.org/10.1177/1460458217723170

Fall Prevention Self-Assessments Via Mobile 3D Visualization Technologies: Community Dwelling Older Adults' Perceptions of Opportunities and Challenges.
Hamm, J, Money, A and Atwal, A (2017). Fall Prevention Self-Assessments Via Mobile 3D Visualization Technologies: Community Dwelling Older Adults' Perceptions of Opportunities and Challenges. JMIR Human Factors. 4 (2). https://doi.org/10.2196/humanfactors.7161

How are service users instructed to measure home furniture for provision of minor assistive devices?
Atwal, A (2016). How are service users instructed to measure home furniture for provision of minor assistive devices? Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. 12 (2), pp. 153-159. https://doi.org/10.3109/17483107.2015.1111942

Fall prevention intervention technologies: A conceptual framework and survey of the state of the art.
Atwal, A (2016). Fall prevention intervention technologies: A conceptual framework and survey of the state of the art. Journal of Biomedical Informatics. 59, pp. 319-345. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbi.2015.12.013

Food Activities and Identity Maintenance Among Community-Living Older Adults: A Grounded Theory Study
Atwal, A (2015). Food Activities and Identity Maintenance Among Community-Living Older Adults: A Grounded Theory Study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 69 (6). https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2015.016139

Using the Technology Acceptance Model to explore community dwelling older adults' perceptions of a 3D interior design application to facilitate pre-discharge home adaptations.
Atwal, A (2015). Using the Technology Acceptance Model to explore community dwelling older adults' perceptions of a 3D interior design application to facilitate pre-discharge home adaptations. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 15 (73). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12911-015-0190-2

Occupational therapists' views on using a virtual reality interior design application within the pre-discharge home visit process
Atwal, A, Money, A and Harvey, M (2014). Occupational therapists' views on using a virtual reality interior design application within the pre-discharge home visit process. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 16 (12). https://doi.org/10.2196/jmir.3723.

Food activities and identity maintenance in old age: a systematic review and meta-synthesis.
Atwal, A., Plaistow, N.A. and Gilhooley, M. (2014). Food activities and identity maintenance in old age: a systematic review and meta-synthesis. ageing mental health. 19 (8), pp. 667-678. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2014.971707

Polio survivors' perceptions of the meaning of quality of life and strategies used to promote participation in everyday activitie
Atwal, A (2014). Polio survivors' perceptions of the meaning of quality of life and strategies used to promote participation in everyday activitie. Health Expectations. 18 (5), pp. 715-726. https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.12152