Published: Wednesday 15th July 2015
Jane Horne received her award from Chair of BAOT/COT Council, Dr Patricia McClure.
University of Nottingham, Research Occupational Therapist, Jane Horne has won the UK Occupational Therapy Research Foundation (UKOTRF) Early Researcher’s Award 2015
She was awarded her prize at a special celebratory awards lunch in London today.
The UKOTRF Early Researcher Award is available to post-registration Masters or Doctoral level presenters at the College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference and recognises excellence in research and presentation skills.
In winning this year, the reviewers noted that Jane led a "particularly competitive field" and gave "a high quality presentation”. Jane’s prize-winning paper was entitled ‘Developing a measure of confidence after stroke. The design and development of a confidence questionnaire was presented at the College of Occupational Therapists' 39th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Brighton on 30 June.
Having qualified as an occupational therapist in 2003, Jane specialised in stroke rehabilitation and was awarded a Stroke Association Postdoctoral Fellowship to undertake a PhD in 2012, at the University of Nottingham. Improving confidence after a stroke was identified by stroke survivors as a research priority. Keen to explore this further, and supported by her colleagues in the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing, she recently published a research paper in the Journal of Clinical Rehabilitation (May 2014), entitled, ‘What does confidence mean to stroke survivors’. Jane will submit her PhD thesis in September 2015.