Kelly Fielden

  • Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy | BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy Programme Lead - Carlisle Institute of Health
  • Institute of Health
  • Health and Wellbeing
 Kelly Fielden


Kelly joined the University of Cumbria as a Lecturer in Occupational Therapy in December 2015. Kelly has a Bachelor of Applied Science from the Queensland University of Technology and a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney in Australia. Kelly became a qualified Occupational Therapist in 2006.  She began her occupational therapy career in paediatrics soon after graduating and remained working in paediatrics for the majority of her professional career until her appointment at the University of Cumbria.

Prior to her appointment at the University of Cumbria she was working for the NHS in Scotland as a community paediatric occupational therapist working with children and young people from 0-19 years. Kelly is passionate about ensuring people from all walks of life experience second to none healthcare, and is excited about having the opportunity to help educate future occupational therapists.

In addition to her lecturing role, Kelly is a PhD student investigating the role of anatomy education within occupational therapy in the 21st century.

Qualifications and memberships

Academic Qualifications

Oct 2016 – Oct 2017:  Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, The University of Cumbria, Carlisle, UK

Feb 2005 –Nov 2006:  Master of Occupational Therapy, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia                   

Feb 2002 - Nov 2004:  Bachelor of Applied Science, Queensland University of Technology; Brisbane, Australia

Current Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)
  • Member of the RCOT specialist section for children, young people & families (CYPF)

Additional Roles

  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy Programme Lead - Carlisle
  • PgR staff representative
  • Research Committee, Research Degrees Sub Committee, Graduate School Health and Wellbeing Steering Group staff PgR representative  

Academic and research interests

  • Education for occupational therapy students
  • Occupational Therapy input for children
  • Early intervention – occupational therapy from birth for babies with conditions indicating potential developmental delay and/or disability

Research supervision

PhD Study "An exploration of taught anatomy within occupational therapy: What is the role of anatomy education within the 21st century for occupational therapy programmes based in the United Kingdom?" Lead Supervisor: Dr Bel Youngson


Book review:

Fielden, K. (2017) CBT approaches for children and young people: A practical case study guide. 21 (1) pp. 27.

Co-opted critical appraiser for:

Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section Children, Young People and Families. (2017) Occupational therapy in neonatal services and early intervention practice guideline.  London: Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Fielden, K. (2016) The transition from clinician to academic. OT news. 24 (12) pp. 36-37