Dr Elizabeth Taylor


After gaining an MA in Philosophy from the University of Glasgow I discovered the profession of occupational therapy and decided it sounded like the perfect career. I qualified as an occupational therapist in 2004.  Having gained experience working in a range of physical and mental health settings, I specialised in neuro-rehabilitation. After working in diverse neuro-rehabilitation settings I spent several years leading an inter-disciplinary community team which incorporated early supported stroke discharge (ESSD) and short term rehabilitation for people with other neurological conditions. Alongside this work, I completed my MSc in Rehabilitation at St George's University.

In 2013 I was offered a studentship to complete a PhD at Kings College London, which I completed in 2016. This was an ethnographic study of therapy on stroke units. It highlighted the impact of wider contextual factors, such as the development of 'audit culture', on the provision of care and rehabilitation in stroke units. 

After completing my PhD, I returned to the NHS as Head of Occupational Therapy at a University Hospital Foundation NHS Trust. This was a great opportunity to support and develop OTs and other professionals in practice, as well as developing multi-disciplinary services.  I enjoyed having significant and extensive responsibilities for strategic and operational leadership.

I joined the department of Rehabilitation Sciences in 2017 to help shape and deliver the first occupational therapy course at the university. I remain connected with clinical practice through my roles as practice placement lead and in groups such as the pan-London stroke group and Pan-London OT Leads group. I am looking forward to supervising PhD students and continuing with research exploring rehabilitation policy and practice.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • PhD Health Services Research - Kings College London
  • MSc Rehabilitation - St George's University of London
  • PGDip Occupational Therapy - Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London
  • MA(hons) Philosophy - University of Glasgow

Teaching and learning

Practice Education Lead for Occupational Therapy.

Module leadership (Occupational Therapy BSc):

  • Occupational Therapy Practice Placements 1, 2, 3 & 4.
  • Occupations in Context.

Module team:

  • Factors Influencing Professional Practice (Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy)
  • Reflection, Evaluation and Outcome Measurement (Occupational Therapy)
  • Interdisciplinary Debates and Management (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy & Radiography)

Qualifications and expertise

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


I have conducted and published research using qualitative methodologies including ethnography and grounded theory. My research to date has focused on stroke rehabilitation, illuminating issues of inequity and disparity, and identifying unintended consequences within policy implementation. I am being seconded to lead on the BrainWaves study as part of the £2million SHAPER Trial: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/research/shaper. 

Qualifications and expertise

  • PhD Health Services Research
  • Clinical expertise in neurological rehabilitation
  • Expertise in acute and community health services
  • Methodological expertise in ethnography

Areas of specialism

  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Health inequalities
  • Implementation and Improvement
  • Complex systems in health and social care
  • Arts for Health and Wellbeing

Research student supervision


Number of items: 12.


Estevao, Carolina, Taylor, Elizabeth, Jarrett, Lucinda, Fort, Joseph, Murphy, Kevin, Woods, Anthony, Crane, Nikki, Pariante, Carmine M and Jones, Fiona (2022) Brain waves : accessing creative cultural activity for people living with brain injury through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences, ISSN (online) 2673-6861 (In Press)

Fusari, Gianpaolo, Gibbs, Ella, Hoskin, Lily, Dickens, Daniel, Leis, Melanie, Taylor, Elizabeth, Jones, Fiona and Darzi, Ara (2020) Protocol for a feasibility study of OnTrack : a digital system for upper-limb rehabilitation after stroke. BMJ Open, 10(3), e034936. ISSN (online) 2044-6055

Taylor, Elizabeth, Jones, Fiona and McKevitt, Christopher (2018) How is the audit of therapy intensity influencing rehabilitation in inpatient stroke units in the UK? An ethnographic study. BMJ Open, 8(12), ISSN (online) 2044-6055

Taylor, Elizabeth, McKevitt, Christopher and Jones, Fiona (2015) Factors shaping the delivery of acute inpatient stroke therapy : a narrative synthesis. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 47(2), pp. 107-119. ISSN (print) 1650-1977

Taylor, Elizabeth and Jones, Fiona (2014) Lost in translation: exploring therapists’ experiences of providing stroke rehabilitation across a language barrier. Disability and Rehabilitation, 36(25), pp. 2127-2135. ISSN (print) 0963-8288

Book Section

Taylor, Elizabeth (2022) Navigating transitions : liminality, ethnography and stroke rehabilitation. In: Hayre, Christopher M. , Muller, Dave J. and Hackett, Paul M. W., (eds.) Rehabilitation in practice. Singapore : Springer. pp. 145-159. ISBN 9789811683169

Conference or Workshop Item

Taylor, Elizabeth (2018) Getting the measure of therapy on stroke units. In: Working Beyond Diagnosis : Friendship, Identity and Occupations; 15 Jun 2018, Colchester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Taylor, Elizabeth (2018) Stroke unit therapy : reading between the headlines. In: The 2018 Implementation and Improvement Science Mini Conference; 14 Jun 2018, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Taylor, Elizabeth (2017) Getting the measure of therapy on stroke units. In: Humanising Care, Health and Wellbeing Conference; 29-30 Jun 2017, Bournemouth, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Taylor, E, Crichton, S, Bray, B, McKevitt, C and Jones, F (2014) Variation in proportion of patients considered to require therapy and intensity provided. In: 9th UK Stroke Forum Conference; 02-04 Dec 2014, Harrogate, U.K..

Taylor, E.R., McKevitt, C. and Jones, F. (2014) Factors shaping the provision of rehabilitation therapy on stroke units : a narrative synthesis. In: 23. European Stroke Conference; 06-09 May 2014, Nice, France.


Taylor, Elizabeth Rose (2017) Therapy on stroke units : an ethnographic study. (PhD thesis), Kings College London, uk.bl.ethos.713091.

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • Stroke Specialist Occupational Therapist: NICE guidelines for stroke rehabilitation in adults
  • Research lead: Pan London Community Stroke Rehabilitation Group
  • Founder: Occupational Therapy Skills Exchange Group
  • St George's representative: RCOT Practice Placement Tutors Forum

Leadership and management

University responsibilities

  • Rehabilitation Sciences rep for Athena Swann Committee
  • Project and Steering Group for Development of Doctorate and MSc Occupational Therapy