Following attainment of 1st class BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy at the University of Salford in 2000, I worked across a range of physical and mental health settings.  In 2003 I became Team Leader and studied for a MSc in Practice Development (by research), I achieved this in 2005.  After this I worked as a Practice Educator and as Strategic Falls Lead and Therapy Lead as well as being a visiting tutor for Salford University.  I have been an associate academic working inbetween Universities of Cumbria and Salford since 2015 whilst studying for my second MSc.   I became a permanent, part-time Lecturer in Occupatonal Therapy at the University of Cumbria in December 2017 and more recently full-time.  

I am engaged also with my PhD and am keen to improve the quality of preparation for practice occupational therapy students receive and to influence the related pedagogy that exists within my profession concerning attainment of professional identity.  I am very focussed on furthering the development of community of practice within the setting I work within and beyond.

I am passionate about the delivery of high quality continually improving academic support to undergraduate and post graduate students as well as collaborative working and use of digital technology to improve student educative experiences.  

Qualifications and memberships



BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, 1st class 

MSc in Practice Development (by research)

MSc in Professional Practice

HCPC Registered Occupational Therapist 

Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy and the World Federation of Occupational therapy.

Academic and research interests

Professional Identity 

Quality Improvement