Staff Profile


Dr Pat Chung

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Allied and Public Health Professions

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922185

Profile summary

I am a senior lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Prior to taking up the lectureship at CCCU in Sept 2002, I had worked as a senior occupational therapist in a variety of clinical settings including mental health for older people, hospics and geriatric rehab settings in Southampton, the Midlands and East Kent for many years. I completed my PhD at Southampton University in 2009. My PhD thesis aimed at exploring the activity engagement of people with dementia at home from family carers’ perspectives.

Research and knowledge exchange

My research interests include dementia and caregiving; personhood; person-centred dementia care; aging and mental health.

In 2016, I have received the College of Occupational Therapists' Elezabeth Casson Postdoctoral Awardin to conduct a 2-year funded resarch project in collaboration with Kent County and Medway Councils. The title of the research is 'Homecare Enablement Services for people with dementia: the experiences of service users within local authorities. 

I am currently working as one of the collaborators on a NIHR project entitled Peri-operative Enhanced Recovery hip Fracture Care.  This project is led by Dr C Fox (PI) at University of East Anglia, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.  Grants was approved for 60 months starting in Sept 2013

In 2014, I obtained funding for a student research internship which was run for 10 weeks in the summer. The internship scheme which was funded by the Research and Enterprise Development Centre at CCCU aimed to provide students an opportunity to gain research experience through taking part in a research project. The title of the research project is ‘Exploring the concept of Enablement: the perspectives of people with dementia’. This is an on-going project collaborating between CCCU and a Local Authority Council.

In 2011(Mar-Sept): I took part in a CCCU KT pilot project led by Professor Jan Dewing. The project entitled ‘Enhancing and Benchmarking Patient Experience and Safety Through Communities of Practice’. It was part of the practice development programme which was implemented within the East Sussex NHS Trust.  I was involved mainly in the dementia care aspect of the project.

Teaching and subject expertise

I am teaching on the pre-reg Occupational Therapy programme within the Inter-professional Learning programme. I also provide supervisions for post-graduate students including MSc and PhD projects.

I have recently been appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor at the Tung Wah College’s School of Medical and Health Sciences in Hong Kong. My role is to advise on the School on the continuing development of the Occupational Therapy Programme (Dec2016-Aug 2018)

I was appointed as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunshine Coast, Australia. The role involved providing co-supervision on students’ research projects and input into courses in relation to ageing and dementia (2013-2016).

In 2012/2013, I acted as a mentor for a Visiting Scholar from the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University in Henan Province, China. The VS spent time within the FHSC to compare English and Chinese methods of supporting stroke patients for hospital discharge and community rehab.

In June 2014, I was invited as a guest speaker to deliver a talk on 'An Overview of Dementia Practice in the British Context' at the Department of Rehabilitation Faculty of Health Science and Technology, Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare, Okayama in Japan

External activities

I am a member of the Expert Panel of the Forum of Mobility Centre: Purposes of the Expert Panel of the Forum of Mobility Centre include for example, improving assessment practice at Forum Accredited Mobility Centres by sharing research learning on assessment practices, medical conditions and their impact on mobility; and discussing issues relating how to maximise the mobility of older and disabled people.

I am currently a member of review broad for Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

I am undertaking the role as an External Examiner at Bradford University 

I am a member of the Higher Education in Dementia Network, Dementia UK


Duputy editor for World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin

Reviewer for grant proposals for several NIHR programmes  e.g. HSR, NETSCC HTA, HS&DR and Rfpb

Review articles for Journals, es: e.g. Arts and Health; the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, British Journal of Ocupational Therapists

Advisor and mentor for community projects relating to supporting local dementia-friendly community:

-Faversham Intergenerational Arts & Dementia Project

-LAPWING Arts & Wellbeing Training for Kent’s Artists & Creatives

Conferences papers:

Exploring the concept of Enabalement- the perspectives of people with dementia with Sam Dawson, College of Occupational Therapists 2015 Conference, Brighton Conference Centre, Uk (Poster presentation), June 2015

An Overview of Dementia Practice in the British Contex, Occupational Therapy Department, Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare, Okayama in Japan (Invited Speaker), June 2014 

Supporting activity engagement by family carers at home: enhancing sense of self and personhood, World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress, Yokohama, Japan (Paper presentation), June 2014

Challenges facing drivers with dementia and their family with Anuraj Varshney, for the Dementia Services Development Centre South East, CCCU (invited speaker), 2012

Caregiving and the changing activity needs of people with dementia, Asia-Pacific Occupational Therapy Congress, Chingmai, Thailand (paper presentation). 2011

Engaging the loved one with Hill Brian (family carer), Kent Care Home Association Conference Centre, Ashford International Hotel (invited speaker), 2011

A model of activity engagement for people with dementia: family carers’ perspectives, World Federation of Occupational Therapy in Santiago, Chile,(paper presentation). 2010

The journey of carers' decision making on engaging people with dementia with activities, Annual Occupational Therapy Conference, Brighton Conference Centre,(paper presentation) 2009

Putting Research into Practice: Exploring co-resident carers’ perspectives, Kent County Council Social Services ,Greenwich University conference Centre, (invited speaker) 2008

Publications and research outputs


Chung, P. Y. F., Ellis-Hill, C., & Coleman, P. (2017). Supporting activity engagement by family carers at home: maintenance of agency and personhood in dementia  International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 12(1), 1267316  

An article : 'Reflections on my trip attend the 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in collaboration with the 46th Japanese Occupational Therapy Congress and Expo in Yokohama', Japanese Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol 48 No. 11. 2014

Book review, ‘Feeding and swallowing disorders in dementia by Jacqueline Kindell, Speechmark, 2013’.  British Journal of Occupational Therapy June 2014 77(6), p327.

Chung P.Y.F; Ellis-Hill C; and Coleman P (2008) Carers perspectives on the activity patterns of people with dementia, Dementia: international Journal for Social research and practice; 7(3), 359-381.    Detail of the article is can be accessed via the website below:

Watkins J; Stanton L; Lasocki, G; Chung P; and Hibberd P (2011) Working in partnership with family carers: the importance of learning from carers’ experiences, Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 12(2), 103-108.    This article has been chosen as a Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012 The details of the article can be accessed via the link below;\

Chung P (2013) Professionals partnering with family carers in home-based activity for those with dementia, World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, Vol. 67, 9-16.


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