Dr Becky Field

PhD (Heath Services Research)

School of Health and Related Research

Research Associate

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

I am a research associate in Health Economics and Decision Science (HEDS), working as a qualitative researcher on the SIPHER consortium.

I completed a PhD in June 2020. My PhD research focused on acceptance and rejection of psychosocial interventions by people living with early dementia after diagnosis. This involved qualitative research methods, interviewing people living with early dementia, family members and staff working with them. My supervisors were Professor Gail Mountain and Dr Elizabeth Coates. 

I first joined ScHARR (Health Services Research) as a Research Associate in February 2013 after completing an MSc in Clinical Research at ScHARR in 2012. I then worked on an NIHR programme grant evaluating the clinical and cost effectiveness of an occupational therapy intervention for people living with dementia and their family carers, followed by projects evaluating and developing services in the NHS. Prior to joining ScHARR, I was employed as a state registered occupational therapist in the National Health Service (NHS). I have worked in a variety of clinical settings, but mostly in community brain injury rehabilitation. 

Current projects and research interests

I work as part of the SIPHER (Systems Science in Public Health and Health Economic Research) consortium, funded by the UK Prevention Research Partnership, to provide insight into how people value different policy and societal outcomes affecting health and well-being.

My research interests are how public policy and health services can support health and well-being, particularly in relation to dementia, older people, active aging and occupational therapy. 


PhD (Heath Services Research), MSc Clinical Research, University Diploma, Occupational Therapy, BA Hons.

Research interests

My research interests are how public policy and health services can support health and well-being. I am interested in qualitative research methodologies, including deliberative methods. I am particularly interested in dementia, older people, active aging, occupational therapy, assistive technology, knowledge translation/implementation and involving AHPs in research.


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Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Field B (2017) Identifying influences on take-up of a community occupational therapy intervention for people with dementia and their family carers. BRITISH JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, Vol. 80 (pp 36-37) RIS download Bibtex download


  • Read J, Ariss S, Nasr N, Franklin M, Dawson J, Scott E, Field R, Lowrie K, Simmonds R & Cook L (2018) Sheffield City Region Test Bed, ‘Perfect Patient Pathway’ Final Evaluation Report View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

I am involved in marking dissertations and supervising masters students within ScHARR. 

Teaching activities

Deputy module lead for Practical Aspects of Clinical Research, MSc Clinical Research; assignment and dissertation marking MSc Clinical Research, MSc Public Health; seminar facilitation for undergraduate medical students.

Professional activities and memberships

Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) ; Publications Group RCOT member & current chair; RCOT Specialist Section - Older People; State registered Occupational Therapist, Health Professions Council (OT31235) ; British Association of Occupational Therapy (BT0217931); Member of Interdem and NIHR Dementia Portfolio Working Group Dementia ECR network

Key publications

Field B et al (2020) "Occupational therapists need to be involved in developing and evaluating technological solutions to support remote working" (awaiting publication; accepted by the British Journal of Occupational Therapy) 

Field B, Coates E and Mountain G (2019) ‘Influences on uptake of a community occupational therapy intervention for people with dementia and their family carers’, British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 82(1), pp. 38–47. doi: 10.1177/0308022618804479.

Field B, Mountain G, et al Recruiting hard to reach populations to studies: breaking the silence. An example from a study that recruited people with dementia. BMJOpen 9(11) DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030829 

Field BBooth A, Ilott I, Gerrish K Using the Knowledge to Action Framework in practice: a citation analysis and systematic review  Implementation Science 9(1):Dec 2014 

Di Bona, L, Field B, Read, J et al (2018) Weaving a clinical academic career: illuminating the method and pattern to follow British Journal of Occupational Therapy 82(1) p. 030802261878425. doi: 10.1177/0308022618784258.

Di Bona, L Wenborn J, Field, B Hynes, S, Ledgerd R, Mountain G and Swinson T (2017) Enablers and challenges to occupational therapists research engagement: a qualitative study British Journal of Occupational Therapy 1-9 published online 11 Aug 2017 doi:10.1177/0308022617719218

Hynes SM, Field B, et al (2016) 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 

Ilott I, Gerrish K, Booth AField B (2013) Testing the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research on health care innovations from South Yorkshire   Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 19 (5). 915 – 924