Third cohort of Fellows 2012 – 2013


Nicole Cocksedge

Nicole studied at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked across a range of neuro inpatient settings in Intensive Care, Acute Stroke Units, Neurology wards and Rehabilitation Units in Australia and the United Kingdom in rural and urban areas. She has spent the last 12 years working as a Specialist Occupational Therapist in the community at the Icanho Brain Injury Centre, and since 2005 has jointly held the clinical lead position at Icanho. She additionally works as a private case manager for Unite Professionals.

Nicole has organised and presented at national and regional training days for SSNP (COT – Specialist Section – Neurological Practice) on Executive Functions and Social Communication issues following ABI, and lectured at the University of East Anglia on Vocational Rehabilitation and Cognitive and Perceptual Difficulties in Neurology to undergraduates in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.


Hilary Ford

Hilary qualified as a Psychiatric Nurse, training in Gloucestershire in 1985. She worked in the adult mental health service for two years before studying for a BA(Hons) degree in Sociology at  York University. After completing her degree she returned to nursing, working at the Adolescent Unit in Cambridge. Her next role was as a Community Psychiatric Nurse working with children, young people and their families. Her particular interest during this period was running a parent’s project which provided intensive individual and group work  for vulnerable mothers around the time of pregnancy, birth and post natal up to two years. In 1998 she studied for a Master degree in Sociology and Health studies at Essex University where she developed a special interest in the sociology of the body. Her dissertation explored the lived bodily experiences of infertility.

In 2001 she  pursued a career in education and worked as a Senior Lecturer at Homerton School of Health Studies. Teaching included post-registration courses relating to children and young people’s mental health. She also taught Masters level sociology of health and illness which she sadly no longer teaches.  In 2003 she attained a  PGCMed Ed at Cambridge University. She has worked as a senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University since 2007 and she currently teaches pre-registration mental health nurses.

The aim of the CLAHRC Fellowship is to design a toolkit for the teaching and learning of a life course approach for undergraduate pre-registration mental health nurses. The vision for this project is to improve the care quality (experience) of service users.


Sepehr Hafizi

Dr Sepehr Hafizi studied Biochemistry at Surrey University and Medicine at Bart’s. He then did his Basic training in Psychiatry and completed his MSc in ‘Psychiatric Theory and Research’ at University College London. After obtaining his MRCPsych he moved to Oxford University. Here in collaboration with Imperial College, he completed a DPhil thesis on ‘Brain Neurokinin-1 Receptors’. He finished his Higher training in Psychiatry in Oxford and also attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. He has been a Consultant Psychiatrist with the ‘Cameo North’ Early Intervention in Psychosis Team in Peterborough since 2009. He is also the Psychiatry Tutor for the Cambridge University Medical Students in Peterborough. His interests include medical education and psychopharmacology and he has published a number of basic neuroscience and clinical psychopharmacology papers. The aim of his CLAHRC Fellowship is to develop novel learning resources in psychopharmacology using innovative educational methods. This is to help bridge the gap between published findings and clinical practice and so create better patient care.


Michelle Haward

Michelle began her career as a driver in the Army, based at a large RAF Hospital where her main duty was transporting service personnel from RAF bases to specialist hospitals having been injured in action during the first Gulf war. After leaving, she had a range of driving jobs until training as an Approved Driving Instructor in 2000.

In 2003 she began working as an Instructor trainer and then joined Suffolk County Council as a Road Safety Officer in 2006. She was promoted to Senior Road Safety Officer in 2008 following management of a large two year project involving older drivers. Her current role involves the development, implementation, and review of training initiatives to drivers and riders of all ages throughout Suffolk.

In 2010 she completed a Masters Degree in ‘Driver Behaviour and Education’ at Cranfield University. Her chosen thesis topic related to her area of particular interest; exploring relationships between driver risk factors and self-regulatory driving behaviour among the over 60s. Her submission was awarded the ‘Course Directors Prize for Best Thesis’ in 2011

Her interest in older drivers is to be explored further with the CLAHRC Fellowship by investigating the quality of life differences between drivers who have retired from driving voluntarily when compared to those who have had it forced upon them. The aim would be to identify gaps in support systems and work towards ways of improving care for older people.

Her career ambition would be to pursue a PhD and specialise in driver behaviour research.


Alison Lillywhite

Alison qualified as an Occupational Therapist, in 1994, Since then she has worked predominantly with people with intellectual disabilities, most recently as a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist within the Peterborough Learning Disability service. She is particularly interested in working with those whose behaviour challenges services or who are parents, and in the roles of different practitioners within specialist teams for people with intellectual disabilities. Her research has been closely related to these interests. She gained an M.Sc. in Occupational Therapy, and, with David Haines, recently completed a national study, commissioned by the College of Occupational Therapists, of the role of the discipline with people with intellectual disabilities.


Alison Watson

Alison is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of psychological therapies and the efficiencies of changes in mental health service delivery resulting from the implementation of the IAPT programme across the East of England. Since graduating in 2001 with a MSc in Forensic Psychology, Alison has worked as a Researcher & Analyst for the Police Service, Fire Service and Local Authority providing strategic guidance to senior officers and partnership managers on the allocation of resources to reduce crime and disorder. Alison then became the Police Authority Lead in Communications, working closely with the Home Office and Association of Police Authorities to secure public and stakeholder engagement. Immediately prior to joining the CLAHRC, Alison worked as an Assistant Psychologist in a low-secure Mental Health Unit specialising in child protection referrals and delivering rehabilitation programmes to community and in-patients.  She  also worked as an Advocate with Young Offenders providing support to people under the age of 18 years who had either been charged with an offence or had been identified as ‘at risk’ of committing an offence.