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Scholarly biography

Tracy is a Senior Lecturer on the pre registration MSc OT course where she has worked since 2001. She has had 10 years experience as the practice placement tutor where she developed diverse practice placements for students on both the MSc and BSc preregistration programmes. She continues to lead and develop the diverse settings academic module. Her background and specialist areas of interest and research are in later life studies and dementia. She is also the MSc therapeutic cooking skills tutor where she works with students to develop their skills in person centered care and activity analysis.  

In addition Tracy is the lead on the Dementia, Frailty and Wellbeing in Later Life post graduate module. 

Tracy’s clinical experience in health, social care and private practice has primarily been in the community setting working with people in later life together with their carers. She is also a trained family therapist which stemmed from her work with clients with dementia 


Research interests

Currently Tracy is a core faculty member of the MDTea podcast team and is developing her research in dementia studies


Szekely T (2009) Occupational Therapists’ perceptions of support in their role as a practice placement educator. Paper presentation, College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference.
Szekely T (2012) OT Diverse Practice Placements. Annual Learning and Teaching Conference. WUniversity of Brighton.
Szekely T (2013) Back to our Roots – Students promote their core skills in general hospital settings. Paper presentation, College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference.
Szekely T (2014) OT Diverse Practice Placements. Community 21 CUPP Website. University of Brighton.
Szekely T (2014) OT Diverse Practice Placements. External Engagement in the Curriculum. University of Brighton.
Preston, I. Wilkinson et al The MDTea podcast – multidisciplinary healthcare education in the 21st century. Physiotherapy November 2016; 102 Suppl 1. E91-92.
I Wilkinson J Preston S J Ryan T Szekely P Trangmar A Buckler C WatsonW Grosvener L Frost F Scott. The mdtea podcast – a novel means of educating multi-disciplinary teams about ageing? Age and Ageing, Volume 46, Issue suppl_1, 1 May 2017, Pages i28–i30
ASME – June – Exeter 2017 – MDTea Podcast – a supplementary learning tool for healthcare professionsals J Preston, I Wilkinson, T Moffatt, SJ Ryan, T Szekely, J Lelkes, P Trangmar, M O’Malley, W Grosvenor, C Watson
ASME – June – Exeter 2017 – Usage of additional learning materials accompanying a multiprofessional podcast T Moffatt, I Wilkinson, J Preston, J Lelkes, M O’Malley, S Ryan, T Szekely, P Trangmar.
Szekely T (2018) OT Diverse Practice Placements, University of Brighton. National Conference for OTs working in Diverse Settings.














Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Brighton

1 Sep 20031 Sep 2005

Award Date: 1 Sep 2005

St. George's University of London

1 Sep 19981 Sep 2001

Award Date: 1 Sep 2001

University of Greenwich

1 Sep 19961 Sep 1997

Award Date: 1 Sep 1997

Brunel University London

1 Sep 19811 Feb 1985

Award Date: 1 Feb 1995

Birkbeck University of London

1 Sep 19881 Sep 1992

Award Date: 1 Sep 1992

External positions

External Examiner , University of Salford

1 Sep 2016 → …

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