As Head of Department for Health, Psychology and Social Studies my role is to enable the Department to be effective, successful and sustainable, offering enrichment opportunities for people in Cumbria and beyond. My overall aim is for students to be “very satisfied” with all our programmes and for my team to feel valued and motivated. My focus for the department is on; full recruitment; excellence in learning, teaching and assessment; building research capacity and reputation; whilst seeking to capitalise on enterprise opportunities for growth and financial security.
I recognise that my biggest resource is my team, and with over 60 people, I see my role is to ensure we are all moving in the same direction, with clarity of purpose, in line with University ambitions and most importantly in conjunction with students, other departments and services across the university, and external stakeholders and partners in practice.
I joined the university in 2002 after working in the National Health Service for nearly 20 years. I worked as an Occupational Therapist and gained a vast experience of working with individuals with occupational performance issues caused by their medical, neurological, surgical, orthopaedic and age-related conditions; as well as leadership and management experience. I have also worked as a medical researcher and a research therapist. I am able to continue my professional interests in my role as Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy at the University.
I am currently studying for my Doctor of Education (EdD) at Strathclyde University and am due to complete in September 2020.
Qualifications and memberships
MSc, PgD, PgCE, BA (Hons), DipCOT, SFHEA
Member of the Council of Occupational Therapy Education Directors
Member of the Council of Deans of Health, and a member of the Council’s Regulation Advisory Group
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as an Occupational Therapist
Professional member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists
Royal College of Occupational Therapists pre-registration programme accreditor
Academic and research interests
- Student/Staff collaboration
- Enhancing student satisfaction
- Occupational therapy
- Learning anatomy
- Parkinson’s disease
- Digital health technologies
Recent external roles
I currently hold two External Examiner posts;
- BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme at the University of East Anglia
- BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme at Queen Margaret's University
and have been an External Expert for numerous university validation events around the country.
Governor of Lakes College
Governor of the North Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust
Trustee of Age UK (Carlisle and Eden)