Fiona Howlett

Programme Role:

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

How long have you worked at YSJU?

I’ve worked here since 2005.

What did you do before then?

I worked in the Yorkshire and Humber Region:


  • Rotational Occupational Therapist

Leeds Social Services:

  • Community Occupational Therapist

East Yorkshire:

  • Head Occupational Therapist: Community Learning Disabilities Team.
  • Clinical Specialist: Low Secure Learning Disabilities service
  • Head Occupational Therapist/Clinical specialist: Intermediate Care

What are your professional and academic interests?

  • Mandatory training and preparation for placement
  • Fitness to practice
  • Health policy and contextual influences on practice

What roles and responsibilities have you held (e.g. University/ Academic/ Professional)?


  • Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy 2005 – present
  • Head of programme (In Service) 2007 – 2010
  • Member Health and Safety Committee
  • Lead pre-placement mandatory training
  • Member Placement team
  • OT representative Fitness to Practice Committee


Co-representative for YSJ  British Association of Occupational Therapists: Northern and Yorkshire Regional Group

Peer reviewer for British Journal of Occupational Therapy

What topics do you mainly teach on?

  • Contextual influences on health, care and policy
  • Older people
  • People with long term conditions
  • Moving and handling – placement preparation
  • Professionalism and employability

What are your research interests?

  • Older people
  • People with long term conditions
  • People with obesity and bariatric needs
  • Intermediate care
  • Asylum seekers and refugees

Outside work, what occupations do you enjoy participating in?

  • Gardening
  • Flower arranging
  • Walking my Labrador, Dylan
  • Cooking
  • Going to see live music – particularly festivals in the summer

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