Becky Field

MSc Clinical Research, University Diploma, Occupational Therapy, BA Hons.

School of Health and Related Research

Honorary Research Associate

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Becky Field
School of Health and Related Research
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I joined the University of Sheffield in 2013 as a Research Associate. In 2012 I completed the MSc Clinical Research (with distinction) at ScHARR, as part of the NIHR clinical academic training pathway.

I have now begun studying for a PhD (part-time) in October 2014. My overall research question will explore “Psychosocial interventions for people living with mild to moderate dementia and their family carers: can readiness to engage be recognised?”

Prior to working at ScHARR, I worked as an Occupational Therapist, qualifying in 1999. I have worked in a range of clinical settings, but mostly specialising in community brain injury rehabilitation. As an Occupational Therapist, I helped develop research capacity within a clinical team (including obtaining a research capacity development grant) and developed an evidence-based assessment tool. I was also involved in service development activities such as reviews of clinical tools and outcomes. I have presented a poster at an international brain injury conference.

Prior to training as an Occupational Therapist, I worked as a researcher at London Lighthouse (a voluntary sector HIV/AIDS organisation), conducting a service evaluation project of services for people with HIV related brain impairment. Prior to this, I worked as a research assistant on the Sexual Health Programme, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. This involved research relating to HIV/AIDS public education, teenage pregnancy and young people’s sexual health.

Current projects

  • I am currently working as a member of the evaluation team on the Sheffield City Region Perfect Patient Pathway Test Bed.
  • Valuing Active Life in Dementia (VALID): this is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) applied research programme. The VALID programme is evaluating a community occupational therapy intervention for people with mild to moderate dementia and their family caregivers. This is a five-year programme and involves a randomised control trial of the intervention versus usual care at different sites within the NHS.
  • I am undertaking a PhD, part-time, this is called: "A study to explore how people with early-stage dementia respond to offers of support and services?" (Full title: A study to explore how people with early-stage dementia respond to offers of psychosocial interventions and whether a readiness to engage in psychosocial interventions can be identified"). I am exploring what facilitates people living with dementia and their family carers, to take part in psychosocial (ie non-drug based) interventions. I am using qualitative methods as this is an exploratory study. This PhD has been supported by the VALID programme and the University of Sheffield.

My supervisors are Professor Gail Mountain and Dr Lizzie Coates.

Research interests

My research interests are dementia, particularly psychosocial interventions, older people, cognitive impairment/function, brain injury rehabilitation, community rehabilitation, occupational therapy, knowledge translation/implementation, and qualitative research.

Research group

Research Supervisors

Teaching interests

I am involved in marking dissertations and supervising masters students within ScHARR. I have supervised Occupational Therapy students as a fieldwork educator. I act as a mentor to a pre-registration MSc Occupational Therapy student. I would be keen to hear from any students who share my research interests.

Key publications
  • Di Bona L, Wenborn J, Field B, Hynes SM, Ledgerd R, Mountain G, Swinson T Enablers and challenges to occupational therapists’ research engagement: A qualitative study British Journal of Occupational Therapy 11 Aug 2017
  • Hynes SM, Field B, Ledgerd R, Swinson T, Wenborn J, di Bona L, Moniz-Cook E, Poland F, Orrell M Exploring the need for a new UK occupational therapy intervention for people with dementia and family carers: Community Occupational Therapy in Dementia (COTiD). A focus group study, Aging & Mental Health 20(7):762-769 02 Jul 2016
  • Field, B Booth, A Ilott I and Gerrish K ‘Using the Knowledge to Action Framework in practice: a citation analysis and systematic review.' Implementation Science 2014 Vol 9 (1) : 172 doi :10.1186/s13012-014-0172-2
  • Ilott I, Gerrish K, Booth, A and Field B (2012) Testing the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research on health care innovations from South Yorkshire. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2012.01876.x
  • Field B and Hazan J Difficulties and possible solutions: working with a client who presents with high risk behaviours following traumatic brain injury (2003) Brain Injury 17 Supplement 17:175
  • Wellings K and Field B Stopping AIDS (1997) Addison Wesley Longman London