Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Being research aware: the first step in growing an evidence base?

Wednesday, 08 February 2012

Dr Katrina Bannigan, Director of the Research Centre for Mental Health, Reader in Occupational Therapy at York St John University and Honorary Professor at the University of Salford gave a lecture entitled "Being research aware: the first step in growing an evidence base?" at the Marston Road site on 31st January 2012.

The lecture was to second and third year students on the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy course, students on the MSc Contemporary Occupational Therapy course and practice educators who take occupational therapy students on placement. The lecture included 3 key messages which are pertinent to occupational therapists’ future in the ‘The New World of Work’:

  • To be an excellent occupational therapist you need to keep learning.
  • Being research aware should form a fundamental part of your personal learning strategy.
  • To be an evidence based profession we need to participate in conducting research.

She finished with a quote from Aristotle “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act but a habit.”