Senior Lecturer and Placement Lead.
How long have you worked at YSJU?
I have been working at York St John for 11 years and in that time have had two very different roles, one of which was not within the OT team.
What did you do before then?
Before coming to York St John I worked predominantly in social services as an Occupational Therapist specialising in major adaptations and manual handling. I was fortunate enough to work in Australia, Bangladesh and Bulgaria as well as in London, Devon and Yorkshire.
Working in different health and social care settings and within different cultures is extremely rewarding and I have been able to introduce international placements to the occupational therapy programme to promote similar opportunities for students.
What are your professional and academic interests?
My interests are very much within placements, work based learning, training the trainers and internationalisation.
What roles and responsibilities have you held (e.g. University/ Academic/ Professional)?
I am a York St John Teaching fellow and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I am the faculty Equality and Diversity Officer (which is a shared post)
I am the module leader for Support for Learning in Practice (SLIP) which is a post graduate course for qualified therapists who are taking students on placement for the first time.
What topics do you mainly teach on?
I mainly teach on placement related topics such as placement preparation and reflection and mandatory training but I also teach on Professional skills and Reasoning.
What are your research interests?
I am currently doing an MBA as my interests lie in management, development and leadership within health and education. I am also interested in researching the impact of placements on graduate employability and how creating placements in emerging areas impacts on the profession of occupational therapy.
Outside work, what occupations do you enjoy participating in?
Singing, walking, studying and being a mother!