Georgina Callister is an Occupational Therapist with a background in: social care; community practice and housing including major adaptation and adaptive equipment. She joined the University of Cumbria in September 2003 as a Senior Lecturer holding various roles: Lead Placement Tutor and Programme Lead. She retired in 2021 but returned as a Lecturer in May 2022 on a part time basis. Academic specialities include: work based learning and mentorship. Georgina is currently an External Examiner for Canterbury Christchurch University and is an Accreditor for the Royal College of Occuaptional Therapists (RCOT).

Qualifications and memberships

Academic Qualifications:

PgCE (L&T), MA Health Research, Dip.College of Occuapational Therapists (Dip.COT) 

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (D3)


Health and Care Professions Council

Royal College of Occuaptional Therapists (RCOT):



Academic and research interests

Work Based Learning related issues


Social care

Accessible environments / assistive technologies/ housing modification.


Callister G. (2007) Developing a Student Centred Approach to Practice Placement briefings and Debriefings. Uni Press Cumbria. 1(1) 10-14

Callister G. (2010) Invited Speaker: IPL for students on Placements. Conference: Placements the Way Forwards for Scotland. Dumfries

Callister G. (2011) Working with students: a CPD opportunity for APs? British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, 2011 5;1:38-41

Callister G. (2012) Workshop presentation: Role Emerging Placements and Employability. Integrating Employability Conference University of Cumbria

Thomas, P and Callister G (2012) Poster Presentation: 36th College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference & Exhibition, Glasgow, June/ July 2012

Callister, G (2013) Students Perspectives of Role Emerging Placements, Poster presentation. College of Occupational Therapists Practice Placement Conference, London, December 2013

Callister G. (2013) Role  Emerging Placements  – a supervision model. Presentation. College of Occupational Therapists Practice Placement Conference, London, December 2013

Livesey, C and Callister G (2014) Support before, during and after….creation of a practice placement pack for students. OTNews, 22(6) 2014

Callister G, Barnes -Brown, V, Kennedy, C (2019) Developing a Common Assessment Tool. Presentation RCOT, London. Nov 2019

Recent external roles

External Examiner Bangor University (retired October 2014)

External Examiner Cardiff University (retired December 2012)

External Examiner Sheffield Hallam (September 2015 - September 2020)

Canterbury Christchurch University (September 2019 onwards - 2023)

Chair of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Practice Placement Tutor Forum (July 2018 - 2021)

Royal College of Occupational Therapists Accreditor (November 2015 - present)