Dr Caroline Ellis-Hill
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University
Caroline has a clinical background in occupational therapy and a PhD in psychology and has been a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Bournemouth University for 6 years. She has a long standing interest in sense of self and identity in acquired brain injury and has written on the topic over the last 15 years.
Since working at Bournemouth University Caroline has developed academic work around the sense of Humanisation –what makes us feel human, building on the 15 years of philosophical work by previous academics at the University. Caroline has just completed two major research projects. The first was looking at the feasibility of a randomised controlled trial of an Arts for Health group intervention to support self-confidence and psychological wellbeing following a stroke. The second involved the researchers learning alongside service users, service providers looking at how we can Humanise services and develop transferable clinical and leadership strategies for improving ‘what matters to people’ to enhance NHS care.
Through this research Caroline and her colleagues are developing a new approach to rehabilitation: that of lifeworld-led rehabilitation where the subjective, lifeworld experience of both service users and providers is combined to form the basis for understanding and service delivery, allowing fully human responses to have an impact on care and rehabilitation services.