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The College of Occupational Therapists awards NELFT employee a Fellowship

Dr Jennifer Wenborn has been awarded a Fellowship by the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) in recognition of her exceptional service and outstanding contribution to the profession and the organisation. This award is the highest honour that the College can bestow on one of its professional members. It is a very prestigious accolade, awarded following significant review and consideration by eminent members of the occupational therapy profession. A formal award ceremony will be held in September this year.

Jennifer is a Senior Clinical Research Associate – Occupational Therapist at University College London (UCL) and based at NELFT within the R&D department at Goodmayes Hospital. Jennifer joined the Trust in 2003 initially as a clinical specialist OT working in older adults’ continuing care and subsequently completed her PhD under the supervision of Professor Martin Orrell (previously at UCL/NELFT). Jennifer has since worked on a number of research studies to develop and evaluate non-pharmacological interventions to support people living with dementia and their family carers, including the use of group reminiscence.

Dr Wenborn now manages the Valuing Active Life in Dementia (VALID) research programme that is led by NELFT. VALID aims to develop and evaluate a community occupational therapy intervention for people with dementia and their family/carers. A randomised controlled trial is currently running at 15 NHS Trusts across the UK – for further information about the trial, visit the UCL website at: www.ucl.ac.uk/valid

Talking about the award, Dr Wenborn said: “I was shocked to hear about the College of Occupational Therapists' Fellowship. It is a very confidential process and so you have no idea that you have been nominated until you receive the letter informing you of the award.

“It is a huge honour to be recognised by the professional body in this way and I feel immensely proud. Of course, although these awards are made to individuals they also reflect the support and opportunities that others have contributed along the way and so I would like to thank those who have supported me over the years and those colleagues who put forward the nomination.”

To read more about the Fellowship Awards 2017, visit the College of Occupational Therapists website: https://www.cot.co.uk/merit-fellowship-awards/merit-and-fellowship-awards