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Professor Alison Hammond

Professor in Rheumatology Rehabilitation


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 75 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:

WORKWELL: 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; and a definitive randomised controlled trial (currently in progress).

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), hand function (MAP-HAND) and work outcome 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.

A-GLOVES: a definitive randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of arthritis gloves in rheumatoid arthritis.

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 (SMOOTH trial); qualitative studies, collaboration in fatigue management (RAFT trial).    

We work collaboratively  with researchers at the Universities of :Nottingham, Southampton,  West of England, Cardiff, Keele, Leiden University Medical Centre (the Netherlands),, ZHAW -Zurich, Switzerland, Institute of Rheumatology, Prague,   Boston (USA), British Columbia and Toronto (Canada).

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD, MSc, BSc(Hons), DipCOT

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

British Health Professional Scientific Committee

Arthritis Research UK Clinical Fellows Panel

Associate Editor, Musculoskeletal Care

Advisory Board member, Clinical Rehabilitation

Alison previous committee memberships include: British Health Professionals in Rheumatology, College of Occupational Therapy (COT) Specialist Section Rheumatology (COTSS-R), EULAR Health Professional Standing Committee, EULAR Health Professional Scientific Committee, COT Council, Chair of the COT R&D Board and NIHR Clinical and Senior Clinical Lectureship Review Panel.


Publications since 2013:

Hammond A, O’Brien R, Woodbridge S, Bradshaw L, Prior Y, Radford K, Culley J, Whitham D, Pulikottil-Jacob R. (2017) Job retention vocational rehabilitation for employed people with inflammatory arthritis (WORK-IA): a feasibility randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders  18:315


Prior Y, Sutton C, Cotterill S, Adams J, Camacho E, Arafin N, Firth J, O’Neill T, Hough Y, Jones W, Hammond A (2017). The effects of arthritis gloves on people with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Inflammatory Arthritis with hand pain: a study protocol for a multi-centre  randomized controlled trial (the A-GLOVES trial). BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders  18:224 DOI 10.1186/s12891-017-1583-4


Hammond A, Prior Y, Horton M, Tennant A, Tyson S, Nordenskiold U (2017). The Reliability and Validity of the Evaluation of Daily Activity Questionnaire in seven musculoskeletal conditions. Disability and Rehabilitation DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1323027 Published online 8.5.17


Prior Y, Amanna AE, Bodell SJ, Hammond A. A qualitative evaluation of occupational therapy-led work rehabilitation for people with inflammatory arthritis: Participants’ views. Br J Occup Ther  2017;80:39-48


Prior Y, Hammond A (2017). Ch 35: Work. In: Curtin M, Adams J, Egan M (Eds.). Occupational Therapy or People Experiencing Illness, Injury or Impairment: Enabling Occupation, Promoting Participation. Pp 485-506. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.


Hammond A, Prior Y (2016). The effectiveness of home hand exercise programmes in rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review. British Medical Bulletin. 119 (1): 49-62 doi: 10.1093/bmb/ldw024..


Al Khlaifat L, Herrington LC, Tyson S, Hammond A, Jones RK (2016). The effectiveness of an exercise programme on dynamic balance in patients with medial knee osteoarthritis: a pilot study. The Knee 23(5): 849-856. doi: 10.1016/j.knee.2016.05.006.


Hewlett S, Ambler N, Almeida C, Blair PS, Choy E, Dures E, Hammond A, Hollingworth W, Kirwan J, Plummer Z, Rooke C, Thorn J, Tomkinson K, Pollock J on behalf of the RAFT study team (2015).  Protocol for a randomised controlled trial for Reducing Arthritis Fatigue  by clinical Teams using cognitive behavioural approaches (RAFT). BMJ Open 5:e009061. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009061.



Cuperus N, Vliet Vlieland T.P.M, Brodin N, Hammond A,  Kjeken I, Lund H, Murphy S,  Neijland Y, Opava CH, Roškar S, Sargautyte R, Stamm T, Torres Mata X, Uhlig T, Zangi H,  van den Ende CH. (2016). Characterizing the concept of activity pacing as a non-pharmacological intervention in rheumatology care: results of an international Delphi survey. Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology 45(1):66-74



Prior Y, Amanna AE, Bodell SJ, Hammond A (2015). A qualitative evaluation of Occupational Therapy-led work rehabilitation for people with rheumatoid arthritis: occupational therapists’ perspectives. British Journal of Occupational Therapy DOI: 10.1177/0308022615581312  78 (8):467-474


Al-Khlaifat L, Herrigton LC, Hammond A, Tyson SF, Jones RK (2015) The effectiveness of an exercise programme on knee loading, muscle co-contraction and pain in patients with medial knee osteoarthritis: a pilot study. Knee  23(1)_63-69     DOI: 10.1016/j.knee.2015.03.014.


Hammond A, Tennant A, Tyson S, Nordenskiold U, Hawkins R, Prior Y (2015) The Reliability and Validity of the English version of the Evaluation of Daily Activity Questionnaire in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatology 54 (9):1605-1615 doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kev008


Hammond A, Jones V, Prior Y (2015). The effects of compression gloves on hand symptoms and hand function in rheumatoid arthritis and hand osteoarthritis: a systematic review. Clinical Rehabilitation  30(3): 213:224 DOI: 10.1177/0269215515578296


Hammond A, Prior Y, Tennant A, Tyson S, Nordenskiold U (2015). The content validity and acceptability of the Evaluation of Daily Activity Questionnaire in musculoskeletal conditions. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 78(3):144-157.


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