I have a long history with Northampton dating back to the 80s when I started as an Occupational Therapy student in the days of the Occupational Therapy diploma! After qualifying I worked locally across different services and clinical areas, but predominantly my clinical background was in mental health (secure services) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
I joined the University staff team in 2009 and teach across the BSc and MSc Occupational Therapy programme. A significant proportion of my time has been working in the practice team, supporting placement related activities.
As part of my MSc studies I focused on Public Health and Practice matters, and used Q methodology in my research to explore the reasons why Occupational Therapists offer placements to undergraduate students. The impact of covid-19 prompted us to develop some innovative new opportunities for placements. In collaboration with some of our local practice partners, some of our students have completed placements ‘remotely’, as well as setting up a telehealth service.
I am passionate about Occupational Therapy, as it incorporates evidence base, theory and creativity to enable individuals to engage in the occupations that are meaningful to them. We are in challenging and exciting times within the Health and Social care arena in the UK and worldwide; as a team we are committed to supporting our students find their place, working alongside other professions and contributing to the health, wellbeing and functionality of individuals in society.
I am also an External Examiner to a pre-reg. Masters Occupational Therapy at another university. This is an invaluable way to connect to other Occupational Therapy programmes, share good practice and connect with the wider higher educational arena.