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Meet The Team

University of Salford

Professor Alison Hammond

Chief Investigator



Alison Hammond is an occupational therapist,  a Fellow of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and a Fellow of the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology. She completed her PhD in the Psychology department at the University of Nottingham in 1994. This focused on self-management education and health psychology in Rheumatology.

Alison is a leading international Rheumatology Rehabilitation researcher. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and is co-editor of “Rheumatology: Evidence based Practice for Physiotherapists & Occupational Therapists” (2010, Elsevier).  She has contributed to writing self-help books and information booklets for people with arthritis. Her research includes clinical trials, surveys, outcome measurement development and qualitative research. Her trials include Rheumatology occupational therapy, patient education, joint protection, orthoses, fatigue management and work rehabilitation.

Alison has contributed to national and international guidelines and standards of care in Rheumatology, including the NICE Guidelines for the Management of Adults with Rheumatoid Arthritis and EULAR Guidelines for non-pharmacological management of osteoarthritis and for Rheumatology Nursing.


Alison uses a mixed methods approach to:

  • Develop new and evaluate current  outcome measures; explore their use in clinical practice

  • understand people with arthritis’ problems from  their perspective

  • develop, evaluate and implement novel interventions, and evaluate current interventions, particularly in Rheumatology occupational therapy and in self-management education

  • disseminate research findings and deliver evidence-based training and education to Rheumatology health professionals




PhD Psychology, University of Nottingham,

MSc Rehabilitation Sciences (distinction) University of Southampton

BSc(Hons) University of East Anglia

DipCOT, Liverpool School of OT


Fellow of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Fellow of the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology

Arthritis Research UK Silver Medal for Rheumatology Occupational Therapy

Member: National Institutes of Health Research Clinical Lecturer/ SCL Review Panel

Associate Editor, Musculoskeletal Care

Advisory Board member, Clinical Rehabilitation

Alison previous committee memberships include: British Health Professionals in Rheumatology, College of Occupational Therapy Specialist Section Rheumatology (COTSS-R), EULAR Health Professional Standing Committee, Scientific Committee and Education Committee, COT Council and Chair of the COT R&D Board; Arthritis Research UK Inflammatory Arthritis CSG

+44(0) 0161 295 0038

Dr Angela Ching

Research Assistant




+44(0) 0161 295 6979

Dr Jennifer Parker


Research Administrator



Jennifer Parker is a research administrator for the WORKWELL and WORKPROMS studies in Professor Alison Hammond's research group.  Having worked previously on a number of highly collaborative Microbiology based research projects, Jennifer moved to clinical research, and is now managing the WORKPROMS study and is an active member of the WORKWELL team.


PhD Biochemistry, University of East Anglia 2009

BSc(Hons) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology University of East Anglia 2005

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