I am keen to develop research in my particular areas of interest which include:
Occupational therapy and community development- I have a great passion for community development and have set up and co-founded various projects which include a community hub which aims to promote social inclusion and reduce isolation and a community orchard (planted in January 2018).
Intergenerational activities- I set up and run an Intergenerational Supper Club once a month which provides an opportunity for younger and older people to interact, share stories and explore activities together.
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy students in diverse settings- I have supervised students in diverse settings since 2014 and I'm keen to explore this area in greater depth
Student engagement- I have begun to explore this area with a colleague for periodic review and I'm curious to research some of the areas that we actioned e.g the OT Society and OT Edublog.
Approach to teaching
I was a student at Brighton University and completed my MSc in Health Through Occupation in 2003. The knowledge, experiences and confidence I gained throughpout the course enabled me to apply for a post within a Community Mental Health Team as the only occupational therapist. I was therefore able to develop the role and my identity as an OT early on in my career. Once I was established I returned to the University to provide fixed resource sssions which were focussed on a community mental health area and then to facilitate occasional PBL sessions. PBL had been at the core of my University experience and I was committed to developing my skills as a PBL facilitator. After over 10 years of working within the NHS I fulfilled my aspiration of becoming an occupational therapy lecturer here at Brighton University in July 2018. I am again keen to develop my role with the clinical experience I have and with my own experience as a student and to support the next generations of occupational therapists through their learning experiences and into work places, communities and beyond.
Master, University of Brighton
Bachelor, Staffordshire University