Ann Underhill

Position: Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

College: College of Health and Social Care

Department: Therapeutic Practice

Subject area: Occupational Therapy

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I am Programme Leader for the MSc Hand Therapy.

I also teach on the BSc Occupational Therapy, MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-reg) and MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy programmes. 

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on a range of modules across the programmes and am module leader on modules within the MSc Hand Therapy and MSc Advanced OT programmes.  I also supervise students undertaking  Independent Scholarship.

Professional interests

I worked in an acute general hospital for many years specialising in elective orthopaedics. I also have experience in trauma, hand therapy and rheumatology. I have management experience and a special interest in clinical governance.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • British Association of Occupational Therapists
  • British Association of Hand Therapists
  • College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section Trauma and Orthopaedics
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists
  • MSc Occupational Therapy, University of Exeter
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, University of Derby

Recent conferences

  • Underhill A (2012) Pre-operative education for patients undergoing total knee replacement. COHEHRE, Denmark. Parallel paper session
  • Cole T, Underhill A and Kennedy S (2014). Adherence behaviour in an acute paediatric hand trauma population: A pilot study of parental report of adherence levels and influencing factors. Australian Hand Therapy Association National Conference, Queensland, Australia.


  • Underhill A (2007). Does occupational therapy education influence student's learning styles? College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference. Poster Presentation
  • Underhill A (2006). Pre-operative Education for Patients undergoing Total Knee Replacement. OTTO- Specialist Section of the College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference. Poster Presentation

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