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Dr. Yvonne Codd
Research Fellow, Occupational Therapy

Biography

Yvonne is a Research Fellow in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy.

She holds a PhD., MSc. and BSc Cur Occ (Hons) awarded by Trinity College Dublin. Yvonne is interested in the impact of lifelong conditions on occupational identity and occupational adaptation. She is particularly interested in understanding and supporting participation and engagement in life roles such as employment and parenting across a range of conditions through occupation-focused interventions.

Yvonne has extensive experience in clinical rheumatology, vocational rehabilitation, service design and improvement, and clinical research. Yvonne currently works part time as the Lead Therapist in the Workplace Health and Wellbeing Unit of the HSE. This role involves developing and implementing work rehabilitation therapy pathways for employees with an injury, illness, on long-term seek leave, or requiring redeployment to support work ability and work retention. In her clinical career to date, Yvonne has worked in outpatient and inpatient rheumatology services working with adults, young adults and children. She has also worked in primary care adult settings, in paediatric primary care (6-18 years) with children with a broad range of developmental difficulties, and in school support teams (6-18 years) and children with intellectual disability.

Yvonne represents Occupational Therapy as the Occupational Therapy Clinical Lead on the National Clinical Programme for Rheumatology. Yvonne is Project Lead on 'Work-Able Solutions' which is an integrated care occupational therapy vocational rehabilitation service project. 'Work-Able Solutions' secured funding from the Sláintecare Integration Innovation Fund (2022) for an initial 24-month pilot.

Yvonne is currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher on the REfLECTS Study. This CHITIN funded study is a randomized control trial which is testing the effects of mirror box therapy in upper limb rehabilitation with sub-acute stroke patients (Principal Investigator: Dr Tadhg Stapleton).

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Somerville, S., Codd, Y., Gowran RJ, The role of occupational therapy in providing vocational rehabilitation for inflammatory arthritis: A scoping review protocol, Musculoskeletal Care, 2023 Journal Article, 2023 URL

Codd Y, Coe A, Mullan RH, Kane D, Stapleton T, 'My role as a parent, to me, it has narrowed' the impact of early inflammatory arthritis on parenting roles: a qualitative study, Disability and Rehabilitation, 45, (1), 2023, p72 - 80 Journal Article, 2023 DOI

Aine Coe, Joan Elliott, Paul O'Brien, Mary Martin, Anne O'Driscoll, Yvonne Codd, Tadhg Stapleton, An Evaluation of an Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment Pathway for cognitively impaired drivers attending geriatric services in Naas General Hospital., Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Athlone, Ireland, 7-8th October 2022, 2022 Oral Presentation, 2022 URL

Codd Y, Coe A, Kane D, Mullan RH, Stapleton T., A multidisciplinary‐led early arthritis service to manage client‐identified participation restrictions in early inflammatory arthritis: A qualitative study of service user and staff perspectives, Musculoskeletal Care, early online, 2022 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Yvonne Codd, Oriel Glennon, Trish FitzGerald, Work-Able Solutions: A Novel Clinical Occupational Therapy Vocational Rehabilitation Service Initiative, Irish Rheumatology Health Professional Society Autumn Conference, Belfast, 22nd September 2022, 2022 Poster, 2022

Yvonne Codd, Katie McCausland, Brid McOskar, Sharon McCaffrey, Bindu Irudayaraj, Trish Fitzgerald, Aoife O'Gorman, Hazel McCormack, Emer Sheridan, Aoife Synnott, Alex Businos, Paula Minchin, Eileen Walsh, Susan Somerville, Good Foundations: Building the evidence to advance rheumatology occupational therapy services, Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Athlone, Ireland, 7-8th October 2022, 2022 Oral Presentation, 2022 URL

Codd Y, Coe A, Kane D, Mullan R, Stapleton T, Irish Experiences of parenting with early inflammatory arthritis: a qualitative study , The Lancet Rheumatology, The Lancet Summit: Sex and Gender in Rheumatology, 22 September 2022, Vol 4., (Suppl. 1), ScienceDirect, 2022, ppS7- Oral Presentation, 2022 DOI

Yvonne Codd, Susan Somerville, Brid McOskar, Bindu Irudayaraj, Sharon McCaffrey, Alex Businos, Trish Fitzgerald, Shane O'Carroll, Hazel McCormack, Paula Minchin, Jane Brownlee, Aoife Synnott, Sinead Lavelle, Katie McCausland, , Using a Modified Delphi Technique to Develop a Consensus Statement on Prioritisation Criteria for Occupational Therapy Rheumatology Services in Ireland, Irish Rheumatology Health Professional Society Autumn Conference, Belfast, 22nd September 2022, 2022 Oral Presentation, 2022

Aine Coe, Julie O'Loughlin, Joan Elliot, Yvonne Codd, Emma O'Brien, Developing a Meaningful Activities Intervention for In-patients in an Acute Hospital Setting., Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Athlone, Ireland, 7-8th October 2022, 2022 Oral Presentation, 2022 URL

Yvonne Codd, Susan Somerville, Brid McOskar, Bindu Irudayaraj, Sharon McCaffrey, Alex Businos, Trish Fitzgerald, Shane O'Carroll, Hazel McCormack, Paula Minchin, Jane Brownlee, Aoife Synnott, Sinead Lavelle, Katie McCausland, Developing a Consensus Statement on Prioritisation Criteria for Occupational Therapy Rheumatology Services, Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Athlone, Ireland, 7-8th October 2022, 2022 Oral Presentation, 2022 URL

Codd Y, Coe A, Mullan RH, Kane D, Stapleton T, 'You don't want to be seen as a burden' experiences of working with early inflammatory arthritis: a qualitative study, Disability and Rehabilitation, early online, 2022 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Katie McCausland, Susan Somerville, Yvonne Codd, Mapping Rheumatology Occupational Therapy Services in Ireland, Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, 7-8th October 2022, 2022 Oral Presentation, 2022 URL

Codd, Yvonne , Addressing Participation with Early Inflammatory Arthritis: Insights into the Lived Experience and Exploring a Clinical Model to Address Participation Restrictions, Trinity College Dublin.School of Medicine, 2021 E-Thesis, 2021 TARA - Full Text

Yvonne Codd, Áine Coe, Ronan H. Mullan, David Kane, Tadhg Stapleton , 'You don't want to be seen as a burden': Experiences of working with early inflammatory arthritis., Irish Rheumatology Health Professional Society Conference, Virtual, 17th September 2021, 2021 Poster, 2021

Codd, Y., Mullan, R., Kane, D., Coe, Á., & Stapleton, T., 'The right advice, in the right way and at the right time': An Innovative Multidisciplinary Approach to Address Client-Identified Participation Needs in Early Inflammatory Arthritis, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, EULAR - 21st Annual European Congress of Rheumatology, Virtual, 2-4th June 2021, 80 , (Suppl 1), 2021, pp291 Poster, 2021 URL

Coe A, Martin M, Codd Y, Stapleton T, A Qualitative Evaluation of the Memory Strategy Education Group: The Service Users' Perspective., Association of Occupational Therapists in Ireland Annual Conference 2021, 2021 Oral Presentation, 2021

Áine Coe, Paul O'Brien, Anne O'Driscoll, Mary Martin, Joan Elliott, Evelyn O'Shea, Yvonne Codd, Improving efficiency of diagnosis and intervention in Out-Patient Geriatric Medicine: Introduction of an Occupational Therapy-led Triage Pathway, Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference , Virtual, 8-9th October 2021, 2021 Poster, 2021

Yvonne Codd, Trish FitzGerald, Oriel Glennon, Work-Able Solutions: An Integrated Care Occupational Therapy Vocational Rehabilitation Service: Building a Business Case for a Clinical Initiative, Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Virtual, 8-9th October 2021, 2021 Oral Presentation, 2021

Yvonne Codd, Áine Coe, Ronan H. Mullan, David Kane, Tadhg Stapleton , 'My role as a parent, to me, it has narrowed': The pervasive impact of early inflammatory arthritis on parenting roles. A qualitative study, Irish Rheumatology Health Professional Society Conference, Virtual, 17th September 2021, 2021 Oral Presentation, 2021

Codd, Y., Coe A., Stapleton T., Exploring the Impact of Early Inflammatory Arthritis on Participation: How do Clinical Services Address Client identified Participation Restrictions?, Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI) Annual Conference 2020, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020 URL

Codd, Y., Stapleton, T., Kane, D., & Mullan, R. , A Survey to Establish Current Practice in Addressing Work Participation with Inflammatory Arthritis in the Irish Clinical Setting., Musculoskeletal Care, 16, 2018, p158 - 162 Journal Article, 2018 URL TARA - Full Text

Codd, Y, "Addressing Employment": A Profile of the Demographics and Work- Related Status of Working-Aged Clients Referred to Rheumatology Occupational Therapy Services in Ireland , Irish Rheumatology Health Professional Society Autumn Conference , Ireland, September, 2018, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Codd, Y., Stapleton, T., Kane, D., & Mullan, R. , A Survey to Establish Current Practice in Addressing Work Issues Among People with Inflammatory Arthritis in the Irish Clinical Setting, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 76 , (Sup 2), 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Codd, Y., Stapleton, T., Veale, D.J., Fitzgerald, O., Bresnihan, B. , A Qualitative Study of Work Participation in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis. , International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 17, (1), 2010, p24 - 33 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

Research Expertise

Keywords

chronic rheumatology conditions; EMPLOYMENT; occupational adaptation; occupational identity; PARENTING; participation & engagement in life roles; work participation

Recognition

Representations

Occupational Therapy Lead on the National Clinical Programme (Rheumatology). This role involves progressing the development of rheumatology occupational therapy services and staffing. 2020-present

Occupational Therapy representative on the HSE Scheduled Care and Transformation rheumatology workstream tasked with reviewing current rheumatology pathways and designing and scoping revised pathways in a 'what good looks like' approach including appropriate workforce planning. March 2021-present

Workwell Trial Steering Committee Member: Independent occupational therapy member providing oversight to the Workwell Trial on behalf of the funder (Versus Arthritis). This RCT is testing an occupational therapy-led work programme for people with inflammatory arthritis who are experiencing difficulties at work. July 2021 - to date

Member of the WHO Rehabilitation Programme Package of Interventions for Rehabilitation (PIR) Peer Review Group for Musculoskeletal Conditions April 2021- August 2021

Member of the EULAR HPR Work Rehabilitation Study Group June 2021-May 2022

Awards and Honours

Irish Rheumatology Health Professional Society Gold Medal Award for Research 2022 September 2022

Irish Rheumatology Health Professional Society Gold Medal Award for Research 2021 September 2021

Irish Rheumatology Health Professional Society Educational Bursary Second Prize September 2021

Member of the QI team which was a Finalist in the National Clinical Excellence Awards (Excellence in Quality Care category) and won 1st Prize in Naas General Hospital Quality Improvement Audit & Research 2021

Irish Rheumatology Health Professional Society Silver Medal Award for Research 2018 September 2018

Arthritis Ireland (Kildare Branch) Research Bursary 2018

Arthritis Ireland (Kildare Branch) Research Bursary 2017

Memberships

Member of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (MAOTI 2195) June 1999 – to date

CORU registered (OT 014326) Current

Member of the Irish Health Professional Society (IRHPS). Previously held committee roles as Chair and Secretary June 1999 – Present

Member of the AOTI Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Disorders Advisory Group. Currently serving on the committee as Data Lead. Previously served as CPD & Education Officer, Chair and Secretary 2000 – Present

AOTI Communications Committee Chair December 2021 – Present

Member of the AOTI Conference Committee 2021 January 2021 – December 2021