Alison Porter-Armstrong
alison porter armstrong

Dr Alison Porter-Armstrong DPhil, BSc (Hons) OT, MRCOT, HCPC Registered

Professor

Biography

Alison is Professor of Healthcare Technology Innovation and Assessment in the School of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University, and leads the Healthcare Technology Research Group. Alison is an occupational therapist whose research interests include: assistive technologies, seating and postural support, pressure care, and innovations in upper limb rehabilitation and stroke care. She has published widely in these areas authoring 200 peer reviewed publications, commissioned research reports, keynote addresses and conference presentations. As a Cochrane Fellow, she led the Cochrane Review team on the systematic review of education of healthcare professionals for the prevention of pressure ulcers. Her research programme has generated significant research grant income of approximately £7million, involving collaboration with a variety of prestigious organisations, including the University of California Los Angeles, The University of Pittsburgh, Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Alison has won many awards for her work including First Placed lead academic for the Best Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in both Northern Ireland and subsequently in the United Kingdom competition; was a finalist in the Praxis Unico Impact Awards (Business Achieved Category) and is a recipient of the H21 Award for Services to the European Seating Symposium.

Alison is a Trustee and Treasurer of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), immediate past Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee for the European Seating Symposium (ESS),and is an invited member of the International Society for Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP). Alison has been a review panel member for many prestigious funding bodies including the Department of Health, the Wellcome Trust, and the Health Innovation Challenge Fund.

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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member of the Advisory Board, Royal College of Occupational Therapists' Research Foundation
  • Member Judging Panel, The Irish Education Awards
  • Trustee, Member of Executive Board , & Treasurer, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP)

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Chair, Scientific Committee European Seating Symposium

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Tissue Viability
  • Editorial Board Member, Quality and Ageing

 

External Examining/Validations

  • PhD examiner

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • H21 Award for Services to the European Seating Symposium
  • Cochrane Fellowship Award
  • Lead Academic, First Placed Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), UK
  • Lead Academic, First Placed Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) NI

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel
  • Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered

 

Reviewing

  • Manuscript review: British Journal of Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy Reviews; Journal of Tissue Viability

 

Date


57 results

Priorities for Occupational Therapy Research in the United Kingdon: A strategic overview

Report
Bannigan, K., Boniface, G., Doherty, P., Nicol, M., Porter-Armstrong, A., & Scudds, R. (2006)
Priorities for Occupational Therapy Research in the United Kingdon: A strategic overview. London: Royal College of Occupational Therapists

The POTTER project: final report

Report
Bannigan, K., Boniface, G., Doherty, P., Nicol, M., Porter-Armstrong, A., & Scudds, R. (2006)
The POTTER project: final report. London: Royal College of Occupational Therapists

An investigation into the prioritization of occupational therapy referrals within the Mater Hospital Trust

Report
Porter-Armstrong, A., Stockman, S., Curran, A., Patterson, N., & Hair, C. (2003)
An investigation into the prioritization of occupational therapy referrals within the Mater Hospital Trust. Belfast: The Mater Hospital Trust, Belfast

An investigation of the impact of the Force Sensing Array (FSA) pressure mapping system on the clinical judgement of occupational therapists

Report
Crawford, S., Porter-Armstrong, A., Walsh, D., Gregg, B., & Strain, B. (2003)
An investigation of the impact of the Force Sensing Array (FSA) pressure mapping system on the clinical judgement of occupational therapists. Belfast: South and East Belfast Health and Social Services Trust

The Patient as Expert

Report
Porter-Armstrong, A., Jeffers, K., McDonough, S., & Nicola, L. (2007)
The Patient as Expert. Belfast: The Long Term Chronic Conditions Alliance Northern Ireland

Cost and effectiveness outcomes of equipment provision to elderly, disabled adults living in the community

Report
Eakin, P., Porter-Armstrong, A., Thornton, M., & O'Loughlin, C. (2000)
Cost and effectiveness outcomes of equipment provision to elderly, disabled adults living in the community. London: Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Spinal cord injury and interface pressure: using activity to maximise tissue viability

Report
Porter-Armstrong, A., Stinson, M., Sprigle, S., Gardner, E., & Morton, J. (2012)
Spinal cord injury and interface pressure: using activity to maximise tissue viability. London: The United Kingdom Occupational Therapy Research Foundation & The Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Beverley Turtle.Mirror box therapy in upper limb rehabilitation with sub-acute stroke patients. PhD.
  • Joanne Marley.Using the Behaviour Change Wheel to develop Interventions to Increase Physical Activity in Adults with Persistent Pain and Improve the Promotion of Physical Activity by Healthcare Professionals. PhD.
  • Lorna Semple.Optimising pressure ulcer prevention: exploring applications and effectiveness of the SKIN bundle. PhD.
  • Katy Pedlow.Constraint Induced Movement Therapy for patients with acquired brain injury. PhD.
  • Rachel Ferguson.The impact of activities of daily living on seating interface pressure. PhD.
  • Jill Drysdale.The effectiveness of community living skills training in improving functional ability of children with moderate learning disabilities. MClinRes.
  • Clare Wright.Establishing best practice in paediatric seating and mobility assessment. MClinRes.
  • Daniel Harte.A randomised controlled trial to investigate the collaborative use of pressure and silicone in reducing hypertrophic scar formation after burns. MClinRes.
  • Catherine Adams.Sensor and imaging technologies in pressure ulceration: exploring use and application. PhD.
  • Mary McGrath. The efficacy of a home based memory rehabilitation programme for patients with mild alzheimers disease who are stable on acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. MPhil.
  • Shelley Crawford.The application of the FSA pressure mapping system in clinical settings. PhD.
  • Laura McKeown.Caregivers of individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS): Intervention and needs during the caregiving experience. PhD.
  • May Stinson. An investigation into the efficacy of the Force Sensing Array pressure care mapping system as a method of assessing pressure sores. PhD.