Staff profile

Helen Roberts

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Staff Profile


Occupational Therapy


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a member of the teaching team in the Occupational Therapy subject area with involvement in both the pre-registration and post registration programmes. Lead Tutor for Practice Placement Education.

Teaching responsibilities

I am programme leader for the MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-reg). I teach on both pre-registration programmes. I also support some of the modules on the post-registration MSc Occupational Therapy programme.

Professional interests

Occupational Science, Occupation for Health and Wellbeing, practice placement.

Research interests

Using mobile devices in practice settings to improve the employability of occupational therapy and physiotherapy students. I am a member of the project team for a Higher Education Academy (HEA) collaborative project with Coventry University.

An evaluation to identify the potential overall value of routine placement visiting from the practice placement educator’s perspective (2011).

An evaluation of the use of an online discussion group with Occupational Therapy students on Practice Placement. Completed October 2004.

An Investigation to Identify Reasons for Non-Completion of Fieldwork Educators Accreditation and Strategies to Support Fieldwork Educators in the Provision of Fieldwork Placements. Completed December 2003.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists/College of Occupational Therapists (BAOT/COT). I have previously served as a member of the BAOT/COT council and chaired the learning and development board and was Vice-Chair of Council, World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) member, and I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HPC).


Recent conferences

Workshop presentation

Bradley, H and Howarth, J (2006). Doing Occupation to Become an Occupational Therapist: Practice through Education. Occupation Matters College of Occupational Therapists 30th Annual Conference and Exhibition June 2006 Cardiff.


Bradley, H, Cooper , H and Humphries, R. The use of mobile devices to support learning in practice settings. COT Annual conference June 2013.

Bradley, H and Burgess, S. The value of practice placement tutor visits from the educators’ perspective All Ireland OT Conference from 9-11 April 2011.

Poster Presentation

Bradley, H. (2005) Using e-support for students during practice placement- facilitating active student participation. Activity Participation Occupation College of Occupational Therapists 29th Annual Conference and Exhibition 21-24 June 2005 Eastbourne.

Burgess, S and Bradley H (2011). University Tutor Placement Visits - Who Do They Really benefit? COT Annual Conference June 2011.

Bradley H and Ndlovu-Gachengo K (2014). Can we plan more strategically for placements and will this help to improve placement capacity? COT Conference 14 Brighton.

Bradley H (2015). A new and exciting way to APPLE accreditation. COT conference 2015 Brighton.

Bradley H and Spencer M (2016). Identifying Best Practice in supervision. COT conference poster Harrogate.

National COT conference, 2005-2007 and 2009-2016.

All Ireland Occupational Therapy Conference 2011 - presented.

Council member COT 2009-2013. Vice-Chair of Council 2012-2013

Chair of Learning and development Board COT 2009-2013.

Chaired Lifelong learning event COT December 2009.

European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education, 2003, 2005-2009, 2011,  2013, 2014.

Council of Occupational Therapy Education Directors (COTED) meetings 2010-2013 and 2017.

Occupational Therapy Practice Placement Tutors Forum biannual meetings.


International experience

European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE)