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Research interests

Paul's research interests include issues relating to living with disability and he has a particular interest in technology, equipment and adaptation of the environment. His ongoing PhD study explores the transition from adolescence to adulthood for young people with cerebral palsy. This research is supported by the UK Occupational Therapy Research Foundation, a division of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. His MSc research examined harmful behaviour at home and the safety of children with autism. Paul's research interests have broadened his understanding of health and social care across the world and has stimulated his interest in international and interdisciplinary therapeutic and rehabilitation approaches. He co-leads the School's phenomenology specialist interest group and Edublog and supervises MSc students undertaking qualitative research.

Approach to teaching

I convey my enthusiasm for a career in occupational therapy to students during personal tutorials, large-group sessions and smaller problem-based learning (PBL) tutorials. I value PBL which I believe enables students to develop knowledge and understanding to be able to address real-life problems and I endeavour to be student-centered whilst mindful of front line practice. I use a variety of 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 a PBL tutor and as admissions tutor for the MSc (pre-reg) Occupational Therapy course. He is the Student Engagement Champion for the School of Health Sciences and is always keen to hear from students about their experiences. 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 universities across Europe. 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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