Nick Pollard

Nick Pollard
Sheffield Hallam University | SHU · Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

PhD

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Introduction
My present work concerns social inclusion, citizenship and practices or occupations around which community based actions (and supporting theory to promote them) can be built. I'm working collaboratively with a wide group of scholars. Interested? Contact me at N.Pollard@shu.ac.uk
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September 2003 - present
Sheffield Hallam University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
December 2014 - February 2015
Sheffield Hallam University
Field of study
  • Education
September 2005 - December 2013
Sheffield Hallam University
Field of study
  • PhD by publication: Occupation in occupational therapy, a political perspective
September 1998 - July 2001
Sheffield Hallam University
Field of study
  • MSc Occupational Therapy

Publications

Publications (169)
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Practice theory provides a way of understanding everyday life, but until now its application in occupational therapy has not been much developed. Theorising Occupational Therapy Practice in Diverse Settings draws on practice theory to explore the conditions for occupational therapy practice in a variety of clinical and non-traditional settings. Wit...
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Improving health outcomes for people with severe mental illness (SMI) through increased physical activity (PA) on a large scale remains an elusive goal. There is promising evidence that increasing levels of PA in people with SMI can improve psychological and physical health outcomes. However, SMI is associated with reduced levels of physical activi...
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Background: As social and health inequalities deepen around the world, scholarship in occupational therapy and occupational science has increasingly emphasised the role of occupation as a powerful tool in transformative processes. Objective: To explore how opportunities for everyday doing together may contribute to processes of social transforma...
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Access to human and social rights and inequalities in social opportunity have persisted throughout human history. Recent global challenges, such as adjusting to the permanence of COVID, call for a dynamic understanding of the ways that occupation/daily life interacts with multiple situations where human and social rights are compromised and inequal...
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Occupational therapy originated in social reform, before adopting a biomedical perspective. This work shows how, around the world, the profession is returning to the values of its pioneers, such as occupational justice, the right to health-promoting occupations, social inclusion, and involvement in the community of people doings things together for...
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I was asked to present on where my view of the profession has come from, and essentially why an occupational therapist from the Global North should want to align with the critical perspectives developed in the Global South, and specifically, from Latin America. There should be no problem with this so long as this alignment can work through the assu...
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Literature about health group walks typically focuses on explaining health and wellbeing outcomes. Less attention has been paid to how encounters with the natural landscape are experienced during these walks. This paper is based on an ethnographic study of a health walk group in a rural area of the UK that encapsulated health, social and environmen...
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This booklet presents educational materials for teachers or educators and students of occupational therapy in higher education programmes. The materials can also be applied in interprofessional programmes, to enable an occupation-based approach to citizenship to be negotiated in the inter-curricula context. In addition, they will be useful for the...
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As occupation-focused discussions and applications of critical theoretical perspectives increase, attention must also be paid to how different spaces of knowledge dissemination, exchange, and production support critically informed learning and knowing about occupation. This paper presents the reflections of a group of international scholars and lec...
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Background: Numbers of international students enrolling on occupational therapy (OT) courses in Western institutions have increased. Previous examination of these students’ experience of practice education is limited. Objective: To explore the opportunities and challenges experienced by international students in OT practice education. Methods: This...
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Issues of citizenship and rights are central to contemporary academic, political and social debate. The potential of occupation to transform citizenship and rights needs to be highlighted both in the wider debate on citizenship in society and within occupational therapy and occupational science. The possession of rights is no guarantee that people...
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Background In occupational therapy and occupational science there is a drive to confront social and health injustices through occupation-based practices with social transformation as a goal. However, scholars acknowledge a lack of theory to support this developing area of practice. Aim To explore how occupations have been used to enact social tran...
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Occupational therapy originated in social reform, but early in its history became allied with medicine and a biomedical perspective. Over the last two decades the profession has recognized the value of the work of its pioneers and sought to argue for principles such as occupational justice and occupational balance, social inclusion, and for forms o...
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Citizenship and the forms of societal organisations that make citizenship possible have emerged at different and quite independent points in history. As this book celebrates a Southern epistemological perspective of occupational therapy, situated in Brazil, which has emerged from post-colonial history and movements against tyranny, this chapter wil...
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Environmental sustainability is probably the most significant factor in health and it is the responsibility of all practitioners to be aware of its various dimensions in relation to impact on human life (Beltran et al 2016; Jennings et al 2016). It is pretty well universally understood that most current climate change is a consequence of human beha...
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Editorial: Groupwork with people who have experienced political oppression Nick Pollard, Sue Taplin, Gloria Kirwan This special issue brings together a collection of articles and literature reviews, which together share the focus of groupwork with people who have experienced political oppression. Globally, the large numbers of people, who have be...
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Citizenship in transition, a critical occupational perspective Background and Relevance: Occupational science is based around doing, being, becoming and belonging as components of health expressed through occupation. Doing, being, becoming and belonging suggests a narrative of citizenship in action. Celebrating the European Year of Citizens and its...
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Occupational therapists are increasingly required to work beyond traditional health-care settings in new and emerging community roles. This study explored the learning experiences of a cohort of international students studying an online post-graduate module aimed at facilitating political competence. The evaluation used an ethnographic approach and...
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Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders should have access to interventions to help them understand and support their child. This literature review examines the existing evidence for group-based parent training interventions that support parents of children with autism. From the literature, core intervention processes and outcomes are id...
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Occupational therapy is underpinned by the premise that engagement in occupation is fundamental to health and well-being. Through occupations, people are able to orchestrate their lives in ways that enable them not only to survive, but also to experience human flourishing. Through occupation, people can develop and maintain their families, neighbou...
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The brief for this on line presentation was to talk about how occupational therapy is practised in the UK and making some comparisons with the rest of the world, so that there are points for discussion which contribute to a Greek vision of the profession. Talking about the UK’s experience of occupational therapy often seems a little different to t...
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This article explores how assemblage and affect theories can enable research into the formation of a collective working-class identity, inclusive of written, print, publication, and organizational literacies through the origins of the Federation of Worker Writer and Community Publishers, an organization that expanded its collectivity as new heritag...
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The Dr Elizabeth Casson Memorial Lecture 2018, given on June 12th 2018 at the 42nd Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, held at the Belfast Waterfront, Belfast, UK. This lecture aims to set out the potential for the global occupational therapy profession to exchange knowledge for social transformation p...
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Introduction : Occupational therapists are concerned with fostering abilities and opportunities towards meaningful participation. This aim is conceived in health terms, but implies that health is connected to enacting citizenship, since participation goals are social, transactional and depend on interaction and reciprocal exchange. Objectives: To...
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Background: Public health improvement has long been an important focus for the United Kingdom Department of Health. The Allied Health Professions (AHP) Federation has 84,000 members, such a large number of AHP professionals should play a role in public health initiatives, but it is not clear if they or the AHP students who will be the future health...
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Background: Calls for embracing the potential and responsibility of occupational therapy to address socio-political conditions that perpetuate occupational injustices have materialized in the literature. However, to reach beyond traditional frameworks informing practices, this social agenda requires the incorporation of diverse epistemological and...
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Background: Calls for embracing the potential and responsibility of occupational therapy to address socio-political conditions that perpetuate occupational injustices have materialized in the literature. However, to reach beyond traditional frameworks informing practices, this social agenda requires the incorporation of diverse epistemological and...
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Background: Depression is the largest contributor to disease burden globally. The evidence favouring physical activity as a treatment for mild-to-moderate depression is extensive and relatively uncontested. It is unclear, however, how to increase an uptake of physical activity amongst individuals experiencing mild-to-moderate depression. This leav...
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In the UK free access to healthcare is regarded as a fundamental right accorded to all citizens, but there are significant health inequities experienced by ethnic minority populations. Accessing healthcare is an everyday occupation which can be made complicated by language issues and the design of communication systems. The example of people of Som...
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Cuando fui invitado con tanta amabilidad al XVI Congreso Colombiano de Terapia Ocupacional el año pasado en Medellín, una de las impresiones más fuertes de mi corta visita fue el contenido de folclor cultural, a través del uso de la música y la danza, en muchas de las presentaciones. Esto hizo que fuera una experiencia muy diferente a la de otros c...
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Background Currently, across Europe, citizenship is a much debated concept, understood in multiple and contested ways. Since 2013 the ENOTHE Citizenship project group has been working to explore the concept of participatory citizenship and how it may contribute to occupation-based theory, practice and research. The group’s activities are both exter...
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Programme for the 2nd Think Tank for Occupation-Based Social Transformation
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This article discusses occupational therapy’s pursuit of social concerns through practice with marginalised groups or engaging with diversity. In this article we understand the term marginalisation as referring to people who are socially excluded from the rest of the society in which they live because of some economic, cultural, or social differenc...
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Locating occupational therapy within gendered and racialized systems of power, the authors consider the intersectional nature of critical disability studies discourse and the need for occupational therapy to incorporate such values into practice. This article discusses ways in which occupational therapy as a profession and individual therapists can...
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It is already well established that regular walks are conducive to health and well-being. This article considers the production of social relations of regular, organized weekly group walks for older people. It is based on an ethnographic study of a Walking for Health group in a rural area of the United Kingdom. Different types of social relations a...
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Not only is it tacitly understood that walking is good for health and well-being but there is also now robust evidence to support this link. There is also growing evidence that regular short walks can be a protective factor for a range of long-term health conditions. Walking in the countryside can bring additional benefits, but access to the countr...
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Based on an ethnographic enquiry, this paper provides insights into the links between walking as a sustainable activity and health. It considers why a combination of personal adaptive strategies, design elements of the walks and relational achievements of the walking group are important to this understanding. The paper concludes with some observati...
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The new edition of this landmark international work builds on the previous two volumes, offering a window onto occupational therapy practice, theory and ideas in different cultures and geographies. It emphasizes the importance of critically deconstructing and engaging with the broader context of occupation, particularly around how occupational inju...
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When I was so kindly invited to the XVI CCTO conference this year in Medellin, one of the lasting impressions of that short visit was the folk cultural content, using music and dance, of many of the presentations. This made it a very different experience to other occupational therapy conferences I have attended, the significance of cultures seemed...
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Este artículo explora el post colonialismo desde la experiencia de un profesional británico blanco que creció en la década de los sesentas, al final de la época colonial. Utilizo una narrativa basada en la experiencia personal de cómo este período, y sus influencias, han afectado mi desarrollo como terapeuta ocupacional, a través de la aplicación d...
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This article explores post colonialism from the experience of a white middle class British professional who grew up in the 1960s at the end of the colonial era. In it, I will give a narrative based in personal experience of how this period and its influences impacted on my development as an occupational therapist, applying a 3P archaeological proce...
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In this presentation I am going to talk about the strategies that my colleagues and I have developed and some issues of marketing and distribution which may assist the gaining of academic impact in our field. While it is important to write and disseminate research in journals and conference papers, there are significant ways of supporting your acad...
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In this presentation I’m going to discuss how the use of community publishing can add value to service evaluation and offer a means for participants and possibly other stakeholders in projects to express aspects of community projects in their own terms. I'm going to reflect on some aspects of a project on which I wrote a number of publications sev...
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An overview of some contemporary issues in the UK's health system which will explore some of the future directions of healthcare (devolving more to the voluntary and charity sector) anticipated in policy against the global context. Concludes by exhorting placement educators/practitioners to take up the narrative of the future of the profession.
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Have you ever wondered, in all your reading of articles and books about occupational therapy whether you could write something and get it published yourself. Have you wondered about getting involved in some of the debates about occupation, the profession, its underpinning ideas. Have you ever wondered how you might go about starting on that road? T...
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In this presentation I’m going to reflect back on a quarter of a century from my first occupational therapy role to the present, using some typical interview questions to review changes in practice and professional developments. Over your education you will have been constantly reminded of the need to be more critical and analytical, and of the im...
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Narratives of Occupation Nick Pollard N.Pollard@shu.ac.uk (Medellin, Colombia, 5th March 2016) Outline This will be a practical writing workshop for 3 hours and 15 people. The workshop will ask participants to engage in some writing and sharing of personal experiences, and to make a short performance of the work which they will produce during the...
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In this presentation I'm going to discuss some of the political implications of emergent role work in the context of neoliberal austerity in the UK. It will discuss some examples from student education and the communities in the city of Sheffield, where I work. We will look at some of the issues confronting occupational therapists who work in these...
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The subject of post colonialism in occupational therapy is something one might be a little apologetic about, as a white, male, British person who grew up in the 1960s at the end of the colonial era. In a forthcoming chapter for the next edition of Occupational Therapy without Borders Solangel Garcia Ruiz shares her position as a woman from Colombia...
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One of three linked papers (others by Liliana Tenorio concerned the history of Colombian occupational therapy, while Alejandro Guarjado presented on the current political and social perspectives of occupational therapy in Latin America) presented in the inaugural session of this conference, this gives a brief overview of some of the issues affectin...
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This research utilised an autoethnographic method, termed collective autobiography, to explore the nature and meaning of the amateur hobby of building models from childhood to adulthood. Hobbies and leisure activities are areas of human occupation of increasing interest to a variety of disciplines. Although model making may concern the miniature re...
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The aim of this chapter is to discuss some of the contested areas around ageing and challenge the dominance of perspectives that have been constructed as ‘truths’. Based on Fraser’s (2003) conceptualization of recognition and distribution, this chapter will discuss socio-economic and health-related disparities as influenced by cultural construction...
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This chapter is a reflection on the whole book. It looks back to the themes from the introduction and forward to the conclusions. We reintroduce our themes, discuss how the sections and chapters approach the themes, and develop the ideas in the chapters in more depth. Taken together, Chaps. 1, 25, and 26 are an expression of our development of the...
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This final chapter considers the future directions of a connection between disability and occupation as they are framed in disability studies, occupational science and occupational therapy, and anthropology. Using examples from science fiction literature, the authors explore how this discussion can move beyond arguments around equality to addressin...
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Inspired by disability justice and the fall 2011 “Disability Occupy Wall Street/Decolonize Disability” movements in the US and related activism elsewhere, we are interested in politically engaged critical approaches to disability that intersect academic fields—principally occupational therapy, disability studies and anthropology—as well as communit...
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This article considers the occupational performance of cultural participation, specifically that of the author’s personal experience of being a “worker writer” and grassroots activist in the Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers (FWWCP). The FWWCP was a UK based organisation made up of co-operative publishers, history, literacy and...
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This is a Chapter on Instrumentalism in Occupational Therapy (IOT) theoretical conceptual practice model.
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This book explores the concept of "occupation" in disability well beyond traditional clinical formulations of disability: it considers disability not in terms of pathology or impairment, but as a range of unique social identities and experiences that are shaped by visible or invisible diagnoses/impairments, socio-cultural perceptions and environmen...
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This article aims to discuss client-centred practice, the current dominant approach within occupational therapy, in relation to participatory citizenship. Occupational therapists work within structures and policies that set boundaries on their engagement with clients, while working with complex, multidimensional social realities. The authors presen...
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In this session we are going to raise questions and explore what we think might be some answers. It is a discussion session, and we may not work through all the possibilities represented in the slides The aim of the session is to provoke some wider thought about the potential of occupation as a concept which has implications beyond clinical practic...
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In this book, Ikiugu and Pollard explore the notion of meaningfulness, in the light of Viktor Frankl's (1992) assertions that the will to meaning is the primary motivation for behavior in human existence, and that the frustration of the pursuit for meaning in the modern and Western world constituted what he termed 'existential vacuum', leading in t...
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Pollard N (2015) Seeking asylum in the UK. In Rushford, N., Thomas, K (Eds.) Disaster and development: an occupational perspective. Sydney, Elsevier Science, pp95-102. A 25 year old has recently been told that he has been granted leave to remain in Britain after eight years of living in the country. Immediately, because he is no longer an asylum s...
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This paper is based on a presentation given at the 10th International Conference on Practice Teaching and Field Education in Health and Social Work in April 2014. Occupational Therapy student non-traditional placements are an important element of developing autonomous practitioner skills. This paper considers the changes which have led to an increa...
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There is a long history of academic and evaluation research into health and the arts and culture, both within the UK and in other countries (Fraser and al Sayah, 2011). This evidence includes individual impacts, covering therapeutic and clinical outcomes for patients, and broader community impacts (e.g. reduced health care needs) in both clinical a...
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In this article we argue for the development of an understanding of human occupation as being inherently political. Occupational therapy is broadly about the experience of ‘doing’ as the basis of social participation. This requires access to the means of participation: space, facilities and resources for different forms of human action, and occupat...
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There is a lack of in-depth understanding of the experiences and needs of people with severe and complex mental health problems in-depth understanding of people. This chapter draws on a realistic evaluation (Pawson and Tilley, 2003) of two public health interventions examining the significance of voluntary groups in supporting a vulnerable group of...
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Health through occupation Occupational therapy is about enabling people to do activities that are necessary and important to them and through these to participate in the society of which they are part. 'Occupation' means anything a person does. The significance of doing is often overlooked because it is so fundamental to human existence. All our hu...
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Occupational therapy and occupational science have begun to explore issues of justice as a consequence of a concern with meaningful and purposeful occupation. The existence of injustices and their influence on health and well being is well evidenced and supported by an extended body of research, mostly from public health and epidemiology (e.g. Marm...
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Occupational therapy is broadly about the experience of ‘doing’ as the basis of human participation. This requires access to the means of participation, space, facilities and resources for different forms of human action. People who have experienced disability are frequently prevented from engaging in activities which other people can access, and c...