Nicola Walker

Nicola Walker

Position: Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

College: College of Health and Social Care

Department: Health Care Practice

Subject area: Occupational Therapy

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My role is as a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy on the MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Reg), BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy and post graduate Occupational Therapy modules. Thus I have a teaching commitment throughout all levels of the course.  Additionally to this I provide guidence as a personal tutor and Independant Study primary advisor.

I lead the first year practice placement module, as part of the practice placement team I provide support to students and clinicians within clinical placement settings during the practice placements. As well as tutoring clinicians through their APPLE accredititation assignments.

I have a great passion for my profession particularly social care aspects and environmental design.

Teaching responsibilities

I lead two stage 4 modules one teaching the core skill of Activity Analysis and the other preparing students for clinical placement.

I am Stage lead for the MSc(pre reg) programme.

I module lead a post graduate module for qualified Occupational Therapists in practice in the community

Professional interests

I am developing an interest in the area of cancer care and the promotion of Occupational Therapy practice in this area.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of the College of Occupational Therapists.
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists, Education representative for the university of Derby on the Trent regional BAOT committee.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • Dip. C.O.T., University of Derby
  • PGCert in Education
  • MSc Occupational Therapy (community), University of Derby

Recent publications

April 2014 OT News "Expanding CPD Opportunities"

Recent conferences

I have presented at the College of Occupational Therapists nationwide conference on several occasions, including 2011, 2013 and most recently in June 2015. The topics prsented have covered my MSc research, academic role of admistions tutor and most recently presenting a service users perspective of treatment.

Additional interests and activities

Inclusive design assessor for the Civic Trust since 2005.

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