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Current projects

Communities in Charge of Alcohol (CICA) Programme: Evaluation of an alcohol health champions programme in Greater Manchester

The Communities In Charge of Alcohol programme is run by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and will be led by community volunteers called ‘Community Alcohol Champions’. These champions will be trained to help family, friends and colleagues to rethink their drinking habits. The NIHR-funded evaluation is led by the University of Salford (School of Health Sciences and School of Health and Society) in partnership with the University of Bristol, the University of York and Public Health England. The aim of the evaluation is to assess the impact of the scheme on the levels of alcohol harm. Lead: Penny Cook with Margaret Coffey and Liz Burns.

The WOMMeN (Word of Mouth Mammogram e Network) The development and evaluation of an on-line hub for women in the UK breast screening population. Social Media is the key mechanism through which information and support is provided on the hub. Within WOMMeN there are a number of smaller projects:

  • Evaluation of the development of the WOMMeN hub using a closed Facebook group of 100 women users as designers
  • Evaluation of the hub, using face to face user experience methods, eye tracking and focus groups and on-line evaluation of user behaviours and opinions using survey and click through metrics
  • Exploration of practitioner attitudes towards engaging with clients on-line (project funded by the College of Radiographers Industry Partnership Scheme)

Lead: Leslie Robinson with team: Adam Galpin, Joanne Meredith, Claire Mercer, Marie Griffiths, Alex Fenton and Julie Wray. Clinical practitioner colleagues: Julie Stein Hodgins, Shaheeda Shaikh, Cathy Hill, Bev Scragg and Geraldine Shires.

Green Infrastructure to Promote Health and Wellbeing in an Aging Population (GHIA)

NERC/AHRC/ESRC funded project under the 'Valuing Nature Programme' to better understand the benefits and values of urban green infrastructure for older people and how green infrastructure and specific 'greening projects' can be best used to support healthy ageing in urban areas. The project is a collaboration between the University of Manchester, the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan Universities, led by Sarah Lindley (Manchester University). Further details can be found on the GHIA project page of the NERC website. Salford team: Penny Cook and Philip James

Women and practitioner views on Breast Arterial Calcification reporting in Screening Mammography

Over 70% of women between 47-73 yrs in the UK attend breast cancer screening mammography. Mammography is a technique which involves X-ray of the breasts to detect cancer. An incidental finding on some women’s images includes calcified arteries which are able to provide an indication of cardiovascular health. This information is not currently routinely reported. This research project aims to understand the views of women and practitioners on breast arterial calcification reporting as part of breast cancer screening mammography. Lead: Lucy Walton


Occubuzz is a free app that is based on the principles of occupational science and is entirely evidence based.  The app comprises a short self-assessment quiz that helps the user identify their current work and home life balance. Please see Occubuzz: Leads: Angela Hook and Sarah Bodell.

National survey of Emotional Intelligence in Occupational Therapists

Currently conducting the first national longitudinal study (2014–2017) which measures EI in occupational therapy students and the impact of studying the occupational Therapy BSc(Hons) has upon EI development. Lead: Jacqui Mckenna with Ashley Weinberg

Service User Engagement in Occupational Therapy

Service user perceptions around what makes a good OT and what practitioner knowledge, skills and attitudes are essential to support effective engagement. Lead: Jacqui Mckenna with Ashley Weinberg

Evaluation of an Active Tameside Exercise Referral Scheme

A 3-year evaluation of the Live Active Exercise Referral Scheme using the Standard Evaluation Framework for Physical Activity began in June 2015.  Live Active is a newly developed programme delivered by Active Tameside (funded by a Sport England Grant).  It is designed to provide strong and sustainable pathways into activity for Tameside residents who are inactive and have a chronic health condition.  Lead: Margaret Coffey with Penny Cook and Paul Wilson.

Neglect in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Working with the National Clinic for FASD ( to investigate the impact of neglect in early infancy in the cognitive functioning of children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Lead Penny Cook with Sarah Norgate