Donna Malley


CLAHRC Fellow 2014


Donna qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1987. She has worked with people with acquired brain injury within NHS services for the majority of that time, from the acute stages post-injury, through inpatient rehabilitation and community rehabilitation provision. She gained a BSc (Hons) in Health Studies during this time. Donna joined the Oliver Zangwill Centre in 1998, became an Occupational Therapy Clinical Specialist and subsequently gained an MSt in Primary & Community Care in 2005. Donna was seconded to the NIHR’s CLAHRC for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (Adult Theme) between 2008 and 2013 as a Practitioner Researcher. Studies explored current practice in health care provision for people with ABI, who, because of their complex needs, frequently hidden disability’ and long-term health condition, are at risk of social exclusion. Donna has clinical and research interests in the role of OT in supporting people with ABI, outcomes of rehabilitation and fatigue management following acquired brain injury. She has jointly produced a booklet on Managing Fatigue after Brain Injury for Headway that won the BMA Patient Information award in 2009. She is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section in Neurological Practice Brain Injury Forum committee, and co-edited guidelines for OT’s working with adults with acquired brain injury, which were published in 2013. She is currently undertaking a Health Education East of England Quality Improvement Fellowship, exploring clinician’s perspectives of outcome measurement for people with long term neurological conditions receiving community rehabilitation. Donna's project for her CLAHRC Fellowship is titled: "Fatigue management for adults with acquired brain injury: developing a virtual learning environment to support LTC management." The project will involve developing content of a fatigue management toolkit that could be suitable for use within a virtual learning environment for people with acquired brain injury (ABI). This is anticipated to involve inclusive design principles and service user involvement.