Professor Alison Hammond

Professor in Rheumatology Rehabilitation

Office Times

Varies with research commitments: normally

Monday 10.00am – 4.00pm

Tuesday 10.00am – 4.00pm

Wednesday 10.00am – 4.00pm


Alison Hammond is an occupational therapist and a Fellow of the College of Occupational Therapists. 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 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and is co-editor of “Rheumatology: Evidence based Practice for Physiotherapists & Occupational Therapists” (2010, Elsevier).  She has also 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 trial involvement includes Rheumatology occupational therapy, patient education, joint protection, orthoses, fatigue management and work rehabilitation.

Alison has  helped develop 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 supervises research by PhD and MPhil. She is also a Visiting Lecturer teaching  Rheumatology rehabilitation and patient education at the University of Keele, King’s College London and Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften in Switzerland.

Research Interests

Alison’s group 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.

Projects include:

WORK-IA: development and evaluation of a Work retention programme for employed people with Inflammatory Arthritis: a randomised controlled feasibility trial; survey of Rheumatology OT provision; qualitative studies.

LMAP: evaluation of a self-management programme, the Lifestyle Management for Arthritis Programme: long term follow up of a randomised controlled trial; observational and qualitative studies.

R-PROMs: Rheumatology Patient Reported Outcome Measures for OT. Developing and evaluating activity of daily living (English, Dutch and German EDAQ), participation (VLAS) and hand function (MAP-HAND) measures in 8 musculoskeletal conditions.

OCC-IMPACT: exploring the Occupational performance Impact of 8 musculoskeletal conditions.

HOOT: Hand Orthoses in rheumatology OT: surveys of OT provision, systematic review and trials.

SMART: Self-Management in Arthritis. A programme of studies investigating self-management information needs; evaluating and disseminating the Looking After Your Joints Programme in inflammatory arthritis and hand OA; qualitative studies, collaboration in fatigue management.    

We work collaboratively  with researchers at the Universities of Nottingham, Southampton,  West of England, Cardiff, Keele, Leiden University Medical Centre (the Netherlands), Medical University of Vienna ( Austria), Boston (USA), British Columbia and Toronto (Canada). 

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD, MSc, BSc(Hons), DipCOT

Fellow of the College of Occupational Therapists

Arthritis Research UK Silver Medal for Rheumatology Occupational Therapy

EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism) Health Professional Scientific Committee

Inflammatory Arthritis Clinical Studies Group, Arthritis Research UK

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, COT Council and Chair of the COT R&D Board.


Publications since 2008:

Dziedzic K, Nicholls E, Hill S, Hammond A, Handy J, Thomas E, Hay E (2015). Self-management approaches for osteoarthritis in the hand: a 2x2 factorial randomised trial.  Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 74(1):108- 118 . doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-203938

Hammond A (2015) Ch. 42: Joint Protection: Enabling change in musculoskeletal conditions. Pp 607-618. In: Soderback I (ed). International Handbook of Occupational Therapy Interventions.2nd edition.  Springer: New York

Oppong R, Jowett S, Nicholls E, Whitehurst DGT, Hill S, Hammond A, Hay E, Dziedzic K (2014) Joint protection and hand exercises: an economic evaluation  comparing methods for the evaluation of factorial trials.  Rheumatology  doi:10.1093/rheumatology/keu389 Free open access link:

Hammond A, Tyson S, Hawkins R, Prior Y,  Tennant A, Nordenskiold U, Thyberg I, Sandqvist G, Cederlund R (2014)  Linguistic validation and cultural adaptation of an English version of the Evaluation of Daily Activity Questionnaire in rheumatoid arthritis – Health & Quality of Life Outcomes 12:143 doi:10.1186/s12955-014-0143-y

Hammond A (2014). The Elizabeth Casson Memorial Lecture 2014: Changing Ways, Changing Times. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 77(8):392-399

Hammond A (2014). Ch. 39 Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia (pp1215-1243. In: MV Radomski & CA Trombly Latham (eds).  “Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction” 7th edition. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, USA. . ISBN: 978-1-4511-2746.

Coole C, Drummond A, Watson P, Worthington E, Hammond A (2013) Supporting workers with musculoskeletal conditions: a survey of United Kingdom occupational therapists’ communications with patients and their employers. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76(11):  478-486

O’Brien R, Woodbridge S,  Hammond A, Adkin J, Culley J (2013) The Development and Evaluation of a Vocational Rehabilitation Training Programme for Rheumatology Occupational Therapists. Musculoskeletal Care  11:99-105

Fernandes L, Hagen KB,. Bijlsma JWJ, Andreassen O, Christensen P, Conaghan P, Doherty M, Geenen R, Hammond A, Kjeken I, Lohmander LS, Lund H, Mallen CD,Nava T, Oliver S,  Pavelka K, Pitsillidou I, da Silva JA, de la Torre J, Zanoli G,  Vliet Vlieland TPM (2013). EULAR recommendations for the non-pharmacological core management of hip and knee osteoarthritis. Ann Rheum Dis  72:1125-1135

Hammond A (2013) Ch. 8 Joint Protection (pp111-132). In: Goodacre L, MacArthur M (eds.)  “Rheumatology Practice in Occupational Therapy: Promoting Lifestyle Management.” Wiley-Blackwell: Chichester. ISBN: 9780470655160

Graham A, Hammond A, Williams A, Walmsley S (2012) Foot health education for people with rheumatoid arthritis – some patients’ perspective. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 5:23

Dures E, Kitchen K, Almeida C, Ambler N, Cliss A, Hammond A,  Knops B, Morris M, Swinkels A, Hewlett S (2012) “They didn’t tell us, they made us work it out ourselves“: Patient perspectives of a cognitive-behavioural programme for Rheumatoid Arthritis fatigue. Arthritis Care and Research 64(4):494-501.

Graham A, Hammond A, Williams A (2012). Foot health education for people with rheumatoid arthritis – the practitioner’s perspective.   Journal of Foot and Ankle Research  5:2 doi:10.1186/1757-1146-5-2

van Eijk-Hustings Y, van Tubergen A, Bostorm C, Braichenko E, Buss B, Felix J, Firth J, Hammond A, Harston B, Hernandez C, Huzjak M, Korandova J, Kukkurainen ML, Landewe R, Meziers M, Milincovic M, Moretti A, Oliver S, Primdahl J, Scholte M, de la Torre J, Waite-Jones J, Westhovens R, Zangi H, Heiberg T, Hill J (2012). EULAR Recommendations for the role of the nurse in the management of chronic inflammatory arthritis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases  71(1):13-19

Graham A, Hammond A, Williams A (2011). Therapeutic Foot Health Education for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis – a Narrative Review. Musculoskeletal Care 9(3): 141-151

Dziedzic K, Hill S, Nicholls E, Hammond A, Myers H et al (2011) Self management, joint protection education, and exercises in hand osteoarthritis: a randomised controlled trial in the community –  BMC Musculoskeletal Diseases 2011, 12:156

Hewlett S, Ambler N, Almeida C, Cliss A, Hammond A, Kitchen K,, Knops B, Pope D,  Swinkels A,  Pollock J  (2011) Self-management of fatigue in Rheumatoid Arthritis: a randomised controlled trial of group cognitive-behavioural therapy. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases  70:1060-1067

Dziedzic K & Hammond A (eds.) (2010) Rheumatology: Evidence based Practice for Physiotherapists & Occupational Therapists. Elsevier: Edinburgh  ISBN: 9780443069345

Hammond A, Niedermann K  (2010) Ch 6: Patient Education. In: Dziedzic KS, Hammond A (eds) Rheumatology: Evidence based Practice for Physiotherapists & Occupational Therapists. Elsevier ISBN: 9780443069345

Hammond A (2010) Ch 10: Joint Protection and Fatigue Management  In: Dziedzic KS, Hammond A (eds)  Rheumatology: Evidence based Practice for Physiotherapists & Occupational Therapists. Elsevier ISBN: 9780443069345

Niedermann K, Hammond A, Forster A, de Bie R (2010). Perceived Benefits and Barriers of joint protection among people with rheumatoid arthritis and occupational therapists: a mixed methods study. Musculoskeletal Care   8(3):143-156

Iversen M, Hammond A,  Betteridge N (2010). Self-management of rheumatic diseases: state of the art and future directions. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases  69:955-963

Niedermann K, Forster A, Ciurea A, Hammond A, Uebelhardt D, de Bie R (2010). Development and psychometric properties of a joint protection self-efficacy scale  Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy 18 (2):143-152  

Adams J, Mullee M, Burridge J, Hammond A, Cooper C (2010). Responsiveness of self-report and therapist rated upper limb functional outcome measures in early rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis & Rheumatism (Arthritis Care and Research) 62(2):274-278.

Hammond A (2009) Joint protection: enabling change in arthritis. In: Soderback I (ed) International Handbook of Occupational Therapy Interventions. Springer: New York ISBN 978-0387-75423-9

Hammond A (2009) Ch 11: Care in the community: Assistive Technology. Oxford Handbook of Musculoskeletal Nursing. (Ed Susan Oliver). Oxford University Press: Oxford

Hammond A (2009). Ch 20: Non-pharmacological therapies: Why splint joints? Joint Protection; Pacing, Rest and Relaxation; Expert Patient Programmes and patient support groups. Oxford Handbook of Musculoskeletal Nursing. (Ed Susan Oliver) Oxford University Press: Oxford

Hammond A, Bryan J, Hardy A (2008).  Effects of a modular behavioural arthritis education programme: a pragmatic parallel group randomized controlled trial. Rheumatology   47(11):1712-1718

Batteson R, Hammond A, Burke FD, Sinha M (2008) The De Quervain’s Screening Tool: development, validity and reliability.  Musculoskeletal Care  6(3):168-180

Adams J, Burridge J, Mullee M, Hammond A, Cooper C (2008) The clinical effectiveness of static resting splints in early rheumatoid arthritis: a randomised controlled trial.–Rheumatology   47(10):1548-1553

Hammond A. (2008) Rehabilitation in musculoskeletal diseases. Best Practice and Research in Clinical Rheumatology  22:435-449

Hewlett S, Clarke B, O’Brien A, Hammond A, Ryan S, Kay L, Richards P, Almeida C (2008). Rheumatology education for undergraduate nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy students in the UK: standards, challenges and solutions. Rheumatology 47(7):1025-1030