Dr Ailie Turton

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  • Qualifications:Diploma College of Occupational Therapists, MSc Rehabilitation studies, PhD Neurology and Occupational Therapy
  • Position:Senior Lecturer
  • Department:HAS - Allied Health Professions
  • Telephone:+44 (0)117 32 88504

About me

I am an Occupational Therapist and Senior Lectuerer at UWE. I've been here since May 2010. Previous recent experience has been with NHS North Somerset Community Health Service where I was Specialist Occupational Therapist in Stroke,  Bristol Doctorate of Clinical Psychology as Research Tutor and University of Bristol, Department of Experimental Psychology as a Research Fellow.

Area of expertise


My research interests are predominantly in stroke rehabilitation and recovery. I've worked with neuroscientists to understand the recovery of arm and hand movement after stroke and also to investigate visual search and navigation behaviour in patients with unilateral spatial inattention. more recently I've turned my attention to body perception and comfort after stroke. I am part of the PROactive partnership of researchers and Clinicians at UWE nd Royal united Hospitals Bath who are focussed on developing therapetic approaches to improve treatment, rehabilitation and service delivery for the benefit of those with chronic pain and/or sensory motor impairments. 

My main current exciting project is 'Wearable Soft Robotics for Independent Living'. It is an EPSRC funded project to develop soft robotic adaptive assistive technology to help people to walk, get up from a chair and go up and down stairs. The project is led by the University of Bristol with University of the West of England, University of Nottingham, University of Leeds, University of Strathclyde, University of Southampton, Loughborough University. My role is to help to determine the needs and wants of service users for the smart trousers; and towards the end of the project to evaluate with service users the prototype demonstrator trousers. The project is planned to start in July 2015 until December 2018.


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