In my role as Senior Lecturer, I teach students on the the BSc Occupational Therapy programmes and MSc (accelerated, pre registration) Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy programmes. I also supervise research students at BSc, MSc and PhD levels.

The modules for which I currently have responsibilities are focused on research methods, research and occupational therapy clinical practice with adults.

I commenced work at the University of Cumbria, formerly St Martin’s College, in 2004. Previously, I worked in occupational therapy clinical practice in acute and rehabilitation hospital settings with adults with neurological and medical conditions, including stroke. I also have experience in working with older adults and adults attending Accident and Emergency.

Qualifications and memberships

PhD, PGC LTHE, MA, BA(Hons), Dip.COT

Academic and research interests

  • Occupational therapy practice with people with medical and neurological conditions
  • Assessment
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Therapeutic relationships
  • Neurodiversity
  • Slow occupation

Research supervision

Lead supervisor for:

  • Alison Buckley: Traumatic brain injury, altered states of consciousness

Supervisory team member for:

  • Liz Harrison: Occupational therapy, children, physical disability, spirituality
  • Emma Spellman: Experiential Education


Youngson, A., Wilby, H. (2018) Boho coasters: an exploration of hand stitching and design. Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ Annual Conference. Conference Centre, Belfast, June. In: British Journal of Occupational Therapy 81 (S8), 55-55

Youngson, A., Wilby, H. (2017) Slow occupation. Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ Annual Conference. International Conference Centre, Birmingham, 19th-20th June. In British Journal of Occupational Therapy 80 (S8), 1-1

Ward, K & Wilby, H. (2016) Collaborative research partnerships in higher education. Research into Higher Education: RIPLE Winter Conference, 14th January 2016.

Youngson, A., Wilby, H., Cole, F., Cox, D. (2016) Conceptualising diabetes self-management. College of Occupational Therapists’ Annual Conference. Harrogate International Centre, 29th June.

Ward, K & Wilby, H (2015) An evaluation of collaborative research partnerships in occupational therapy education. Networking for Education in Healthcare 2015 Conference, 8th – 10th September.

Youngson, A., Cole, F., Wilby, H., Cox, D. (2015) The lived experience of diabetes: Conceptualisation using a metaphor. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 78(1), 24-32.

Harrison, V.E., Cox, D.L., Marrow, C., Wilby, H. (2014) `Myth or Reality: How do Occupational Therapists address the spirituality of children with physical disabilities?’ Children’s Wellbeing Symposium, Kirkley Hall, Northumberland College, UK. 11th September, 2014. 

Ward, K., Wilby, H. (2014) ‘The Development of a Collaborative Research Triad Model’, conference seminar. College of Occupational Therapists’ Annual Conference, 3rd - 5th June.

Wilby, H., Ward K, Dunford, C, Ripley, W, Kempster, C, Skerratt, L (2014) ‘An evaluation of collaborative research partnerships in occupational therapy education’, facilitated poster. College of Occupational Therapists’ Annual Conference, 3rd - 5th June.

Youngson, A., Cox, D., Wilby, H., Cole, F. (2014) Diabetes: charting a course of health and wellbeing in the sea of lifeCollege of Occupational Therapists’ Annual Conference, 3rd June.

Corse, D., Cox, D., Wilby, H. (2013) Experiences of work for employees with inflammatory bowel disease. College of Occupational Therapists’ Annual Conference. Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, 18th-20th June.

Wilby, H.J. (2012) A qualitative interpretation of the Structured Anchored Approach to Functional Assessment. Unpublished PhD thesis, Lancaster University

Stephenson, A., Wilby, H.J. (2011) How does inflammatory bowel disease affect a person’s occupational performance? College of Occupational Therapists’ Annual Conference. Brighton Centre, Brighton, 28

Wilby, H.J., Cox, D.L., Harrison, V.E. (2010) Review of Crisis, Rapid Response, Intermediate Care, Rehabilitation and Re-ablement Services for Older Adults in North Lancashire. Cumbria, University of Cumbria.June-01 July.

Wilby, H.J. (2009) Assessment in acute, physical hospital settings: How well do we know the patient? College of Occupational Therapists’ Annual Conference. Brighton Centre, Brighton, 23-26 June.

Wilby, H.J. (2007) The importance of maintaining a focus on performance components in occupational therapy practice. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(3), 129-132.

Wilby, H.J. (2005) A description of a functional screening assessment developed for the acute physical setting. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68(1), 39-44.