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Research interests

Paul's interests include issues relating to living with disability, technology, equipment and adaptation of the environment. His current research, supported by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, explores the transition from adolescence to adulthood for young people with cerebral palsy. Previous research has examined behaviour and the safety of children with autism. Paul's interests have broadened his understanding of health and social care across the world stimulating his interest in international and interdisciplinary therapeutic and rehabilitation approaches. He co-leads the School's phenomenology specialist interest group and supervises MSc students undertaking qualitative research.

Approach to teaching

I convey enthusiasm for a career in occupational therapy during personal tutorials, large-group sessions and smaller problem-based learning (PBL) tutorials. I believe PBL enables students to develop knowledge and understanding to address real-life problems and I endeavour to be student-centered whilst mindful of front line practice. I use varied approaches including practical activities, videos and service-user involvement to stimulate curiosity and discussion. I organise an annual study day for practitioners who work with children and families and include students in this. I especially try to encourage students to think deeply and critically to prepare them for practice, work independently and understand the importance of lifelong learning.

Scholarly biography

Paul contributes to the occupational therapy courses as module leader, PBL tutor and admissions tutor for the MSc (pre-reg) Occupational Therapy, for several years he was a manual handling trainer. He is the Student Engagement Champion for the School and is always keen to hear from students about their experiences. He is also an external examiner at Robert Gordon University. Paul is a member of the cross-School Education and Student Experience Committee, the Recruitment and Admissions Staff Support Unit, and the Experts by Experience Group. He represents the team on the School Health and Safety Committee and is a member of the Programme Committee for the European MSc Occupational Therapy involving collaboration with five European universities. Paul has an undergraduate degree in the social sciences and postgraduate qualifications in occupational therapy and teaching. He qualified as an occupational therapist in 1999 and initially worked for the NHS in mental health services but has spent the majority of his career in social care working with children and adults with complex needs.

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