Senior Lecturer, Occupational Therapy
Department of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Nutritional Therapy
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1994 and have worked in all sorts of settings and roles since then; inpatient, community, schools, management and abroad. My clinical speciality area is the use of sensory based approaches in assessment and treatment; using Ayres Sensory Integration theory. I enjoy working with adults and children for with whom this approach works well.
I joined the university teaching team from the start of the course in 2013 and work part time as an academic and part time in clinical practice.
I like to be innovative and creative in my work; and prefer to be active too! The combination of lecturing and working clinically helps me to stay alive as an Occupational therapist whilst influencing the future of the profession.
Outside work, I love the outdoors; exploring, leading brownies and creating music (on my violin!)
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
MSc Occupational Therapy
Post Graduate Certificate Higher Education of Teaching
Post Graduate Certificate in Sensory Integration (Advanced Practitioner)
Teaching & Research
I am the 3rd year lead for the Occupational Therapy course and also lead the 3rd year module on advanced professional diversity. I teach into many other modules across the course in relation to Paediatrics, Learning disabilities and leadership and co lead the first year communication module.
My clinical interest in how we integrate our senses is currently my area of interest for research. I recently (June 2017) completed an evaluated single case study for my Advanced Sensory Integration practitioner status, which I hope to expand on and publish soon. In July 2017 I published an article on sensory diets in The OT magazine.
My Masters research (2008) was on the subject of Flow, a theory set out by Csikszentmihalyi, and I have a continued interest in this concept in relation to life and the challenges we set ourselves.
I also have an interest in the patient flow processes through our healthcare systems, in terms of productivity, effectiveness and also quality.
British Association of Occupational Therapy
Sensory Integration network