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Dr Phillip Whitehead
Senior Research Fellow



Phillip Whitehead is an occupational therapist by professional background and his experience of practice in social care underpins his research. As an occupational therapist Phillip worked in a variety of roles including in community neurological services, older peoples' team, mainstream community team and rapid response. He began his career in social care as a homecare worker and therefore has a thorough and experiential understanding of front line social care provision.



Phillip’s research expertise lies in the field of applied social care research, particularly using evaluative research methods and with older adults. As part of two NIHR fellowships, he has received methodological training in clinical trials, systematic reviewing and qualitative research.

Phillip currently uses these mixed methods approaches across the research that he leads and collaborates on. Phillip’s current areas of research focus on major adaptations to bathing facilities for older adults, local authority reviews of double handed homecare, and adult social care reablement services.


Selected publications

Whitehead, PJ. Belshaw, S., Brady, S., Coleman, E., Dean, A., Doherty, L., Fairhurst, C., Francis-Farrell, S., Golding-Day, M., Gray, J., Martland, M., Mcanuff, J., Mccarthy, A., Mcmeekin, P., Mitchell, N., Narayanasamy, M., Newman, C., Parker, A., Rapley, T., Rodgers, S., Rooney, L., Russell, R., Sheard, L., Torgerson, D. In press. Bathing Adaptations in the Homes of Older Adults (BATH-OUT-2): Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial, economic evaluation and process evaluation Trials

Williamson, RC., Atkin, H., Thomson, L., Wood, O., & Whitehead, PJ. 2023. Patient and public involvement in research published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy 2015-2021. A scoping review. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 86(6): 400-12.

Rooney, L., Rapley, T., & Whitehead, PJ. 2023. Managing duties of care in the documentary life of English local government: ‘Single-handed care’ and the art of making things fit and not fit at the same time Sociology of Health and Illness 45(4), 1–16

Newman, C., Thomson, M., Whitehead, PJ. 2022. Investigating the effect strength of positive risk-taking barriers on discharge decisions in occupational therapy and intermediate care: A factorial survey British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 86(4): 293-301.

Whitehead, PJ., Rooney, L., Adams-Thomas, J., Bailey, C., Greenup, M., Southall, C., Raffle, A., Rapley, T., & Whittinghton, S. 2022. ‘Single-handed care’ initiatives and reviews of double handed homecare packages: A survey of practices in English local authorities with adult social care responsibilities Health & Social Care in the Community 30(6)e:5560-9.

Golding-Day, Mr, Walker, Mf, & Whitehead, PJ. 2022. Orthotic intervention following stroke: A survey of physiotherapist, occupational therapist and orthotist practice and views in the UK International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 29(6): 1-16.

 Bradley, G., Rooney, L., & Whitehead, PJ. 2022. Service user perspectives on engagement in an occupational therapy-led pulmonary rehabilitation programme. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 85(12) 984-92.

Newman, C, Whitehead, PJ., Thomson, M. 2022. What are the common areas of risk and their characteristics found in intermediate care from an occupational therapy perspective? A scoping review British Journal of Occupational Therapy 85(10): 779-802. 

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