Caroline Nelson

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Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

School of Allied Health and Community

Department of Allied Health

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Caroline has been an Occupational Therapist since graduating in 2000, working continuously in clinical practice for over 20 years. She initially worked on a rotation consisting of community learning disabilities, orthopaedics and general medical and then went on to spend most of her career working in paediatrics.

Caroline began her paediatric career by working in the community, in schools, homes and a child development centre, helping children who had difficulties with a variety of activities. She then moved to a Special school for children with physical difficulties and sensory needs to complete a project evidencing “The benefits of having an Occupational Therapist based within the school,” the result of which was funding approval for a full-time post.

Following this, Caroline moved to an acute hospital which specialised in trauma and orthopaedics, for just over 13 years.


BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

MSc Occupational Therapy

Teaching Interests

Caroline has just transitioned from being a clinician to a Lecturer and is very interested in teaching multi-disciplinary working. 

Having seen first-hand how students can struggle in an acute setting working alongside and communicating with other professionals, she is keen to ensure students are aware of each other's roles and how they can work together for the best outcome for the patient and service, while remaining confident in their own role.

Research Interests

Caroline is interested in team dynamics and multi-disciplinary working. 

She is also interested in how students manage the task of translating the theory they learn in university into their placements. 

Membership of Professional Bodies

Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Registered Occupational Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council