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Jill Massey

Jill Massey

PhD Student

  • Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist
  • NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow


Jill is a paediatric occupational therapist based at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Jill has been awarded an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship. Her doctoral research aims to co-design and develop an intervention to support parents when involved in intensive rehabilitation with children with or at risk of hemiparesis. Jill has worked clinically in community, special schools and hospital settings. She has significant clinical experience and has established occupational therapy services for children/young people who are D/deaf/hearing impaired and skeletal dysplasias. Jill currently co-leads the childhood stroke and acquired brain injury recovery clinic and has clinical and leadership responsibilities in the Evelina REACH outpatient rehabilitation service.

Jill has presented research at national and international conferences in addition to disseminating information through team presentations, in-house conferences, workshops and hospital grand-round. She has guest lectured at undergraduate and masters occupational therapy programmes in the UK and USA.

Jill’s focus is on delivering evidence informed rehabilitation in order to improve outcomes for children and families. She is a member of the ‘Mind the Gap’ community of practice focussed on implementing evidence based practice when working with children, young people and families. Jill is also vice-chair of the Elizabeth Casson Trust which aims to support the furtherance of occupational therapy primarily but not exclusively in the UK.

Research interests:

  • Interventions to improve arm and hand function for children with acquired or congenital brain injury
  • Investigation of methods of delivery of partnership packages of rehabilitation between hospital and community services for children with neurological disabilities.
  • Co-design approaches to improving services and outcomes for children, young people and families.
  • Exploration of the impact of skeletal dysplasia in children, young people and their families on occupational performance e.g. their ability to carry out everyday activities.