Staff profile

Fiona Page

Assistant Discipline Lead Occupational Therapy

Fiona Page explaining to a student


Occupational Therapy


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Nursing and Midwifery



I joined the University and Occupational Therapy team in January 2011, making the move from working in clinical practice. I have always been interested in professional development and student education, working as a placement coordinater. The opportunity at Derby gave me the chance to take a step back from practice and see the bigger picture for the profession. I am passionate about the benefit of activity and occupation and the links between Doing and Wellbeing.

Teaching responsibilities

I was appointed as Programme lead for the BSc Hons programme in December 2011. I was responsible for the development of the programme through the move to a 20 credit structure in 2012.

In 2017, I moved from the role of Programme Lead and took on the Assistant Discipline Lead role. I have been module lead for Understanding and Evaluating Research, Inter professional learning module OT students engaged in.

I currently teach on a range of modules across the BSc programme, including the final year independent study module, Meeting the Needs of the Workplace and Assessments and Interventions

I am Module lead for the Return to Practice for Occupational Therapy distance learning module.

I act as a supervisor for final year student projects and am a personal tutor.

Professional interests

My professional interest and specialty has always been within mental health.   I have worked in a wide variety of settings, within day services, community mental health and forensic psychiatry and with a wide range of client groups. In 2003 I had the opportunity to gain experience away from the traditional health service practice, taking up a post as a project worker within a recovery-focused mental health support organisation. The organisation was made up of people from a wide range of professional backgrounds, and I was proud to be the first Occupational Therapist appointed to work in this service. I maintain a strong professional interest in mental health practice, in particular service user involvement and the potential role of occupational therapy within Dementia Services.

Through my Masters I have also developed a particular interest in both the use of the online community as a tool for recovery within mental health and the application of recovery and social inclusion principles to dementia care. I am also interested in what draws students to occupational therapy and the development of evidence based practice skills.

My current role within education and PGCert in HE and my MSc has allowed me to develop interests in the professional identity of students, in particular employability and the use of formative assessment as a continuing professional development tool.

My Occupational Therapy degree remains one of the achievements of which I am most proud within my life, having entered Higher Education as a mature student through an Access Course.

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


QualificationInstitute Date
BSc. Hons Occupational Therapy 2:1 University College of Ripon and York St John 1997

MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy

40 Credits    

University of Northampton


PGCERT Higher Education University of Derby 2011- 2013

MSc Advanced Occupational


University of Derby 2016