Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Teaching and supervision
Over recent years I have provided teaching at the University of Sunderland on the Psychosocial Interventions Foundation Course, MSc CBT for Psychosis and more recently on the Public Mental Health module. Subjects include assessment & formulation, clinical interventions, activity and health and relapse prevention.
More recently I have been providing teaching on the Public Health, Adult Nursing and Paramedic Science Programmes.
Research interests for potential research students
- Occupation and health
- Psychosocial Interventions
- Adult mental health
- Stress Vulnerability
I have experience of carrying out research, service evaluation and clinical audit and recently carried out a qualitative research project using case study methodology to explore the views of NHS staff on the outcomes of a local pilot initiative in a GP Surgery.
I have predominantly worked in mental health services as an occupational therapist (acute in-patients, prison mental health, and community mental health) and as a generic mental health worker (prison mental health and community mental health). Alongside my occupational therapy practice I have a clinical interest and additional training in psychosocial interventions for psychosis.
I have developed my leadership skills through formal training, self-directed learning, feedback, coaching and through various leadership roles. I have applied these skills in both clinical and managerial positions. I am particularly interested in how leadership models and approaches from other disciplines can be adapted and applied in healthcare environments.
I have three years’ experience of leading on specific project work streams across a large NHS Trust that required leadership and engagement across traditional organisational and care boundaries. I believe that interpersonal skills are a particular strength and are crucial to partnership working.