I am Principal Lecturer in Rehabilitation, leading the occupational therapy and physiotherapy programme teams and Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy.  My extensive clinical experience is in neuro occupational therapy, working with people with brain injury, stroke, long term neurological conditions and complex disability.  I joined the University in 2006 after working in the NHS and third sector for 16 years as an Occupational therapist and Neuro-rehabiliation co-ordinator, leading the multi-disciplinary team. 

I am keen to maximise student experience, learning and engagement particularly within the widening participation agenda.  I am particularly interested in researching learning on role-emerging practice placements.  As well, my academic and professional interest continues in neuro occupational therapy with an increasing focus on the use of Arts in health to support recovery, health and wellbeing.  

I am currently studying for my PhD in Educational Research at Lancaster University

Qualifications and memberships


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council

Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Neurological Practice

Academic and research interests

  • Occupational therapy student education
  • Arts in Health
  • Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Carers Experiences


Tate, S, Counter, P, McGahon, H, Wilson, S & Fisher, S (2018) “About Being: A dance from hospital to home” AESOP National Arts in Health Conference and Showcase, 19th April 2018, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London

Wilson, S, Tate, S & Fisher, S (2019) “Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Learning – The About Being Project” Learning and Teaching FEST: 3rd July 2019, University of Cumbria

Wilson, S (2021) “Occupational therapy students learning related to threshold concepts on Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) practice placements during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK” Poster. Royal College of Occupational Therapists 44th Annual Conference, 30th June & 1st July 2021. Virtual Online Event

Wilson, S (2021) “Threshold graphics in occupational therapy: student learning in-between threshold concepts and inquiry graphics” Presentation TC2020: 8th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference, 2021 July 7-9, 2021. London & the World. Virtual Event

Wilson, S (2022) "A realist evaluation of role-emerging occupational therapy practice placements", Poster. 18th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 27-30 March 2022. Paris, France

Recent external roles

External Examiner MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) at Leeds Beckett University 2017-2021

External Examiner PG/MSc Advancing Practice 2021 - present

Partner Governor, North Cumbria Integrated Care Trust - July 2023 - present