Janine Hackett

Position: Senior lecturer Occupational Therapy

College: College of Health and Social Care

Department: Therapeutic Practice

Subject area: Occupational Therapy

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 I currently teach on both the undergraduate and postgraduate Occupational  programmes. I am also lead for  the return to practice programme, as well as a member of the OT admissions team.


Membership of professional bodies

  • HCPC registered
  • Member of the College of Occupational Therapy (COT) 
  • Member of COT specialist section for children young people and their families (CYPF)
  • Member of Young persons Health special interest group (YPHSIG)


Recent publications

Book chapters

  • Hackett J.  Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. In Occupational Therapy in Childhood. Swee Hong C and Howard L. Wiley Blackwell London 2002 
  • Hackett J and Johnson B. “Making connections, getting connected” Peer support and chronic rheumatic disease in Adolescent Rheumatology. Ed. Mc Donagh J and White P. Informa healthcare USA 2008 
  • Hackett J and Johnson B. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis in Rheumatology Ed. Dziedzic and Hammond A. Edinburgh Churchill Livingstone 2010


  • Hackett J Johnson B Parkin A Southwood T. Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy for Juvenile Chronic Arthritis. British Journal of Rheumatology 1996; 35: 695-699 
  • Hackett J. Perceptions of play and leisure in Junior School aged Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthrits. British Journal Occupational Therapy 2003; 66(7) 303-310 
  • Hackett J, Johnson B, Shaw KL, Mc Donagh JE. Friends United. An evaluation of an innovative residential self-management programme in adolescent rheumatology. British Journal Occupational Therapy 2005;68 (12): 567-573.
  • Shaw KL, Hackett J, Southwood TR, McDonagh JE. The Prevocational and Early employment needs of adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: the adolescent perspective.  British Journal of Occupational Therapy 2006; 69(3): 98-105.
  •  McDonagh JE and Hackett J. Growing up and moving on - with Occupational therapy. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 2006; 69(9) 
  • Shaw KL, Hackett J, Southwood TR, McDonagh JE.  The prevocational and early employment needs of adolescents with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: the Occupational Therapy perspective British Journal of Occupational Therapy 2006; 69(11)
  •  Mc Donagh J and Hackett J. Growing up in school with a chronic illness. British Journal of School Nursing Dec 2008 /Jan 2009;3(8) 385-392

Experience in industry

I initially qualified as an occupational Therapist from the University of York St John and went on to do an MSc (Occupational Therapy) at Coventry University.  Since then, I have had a diverse career working in the UK and overseas, and I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of areas as a clinician both  in a hospital and community setting, within a research team, and in management.

 Throughout my career I have worked predominantly with children and young people with chronic conditions, especially those with rheumatic illness and idiopathic pain syndromes. Prior to coming to Derby I was Head of Occupational Therapy at a UK Children’s Hospital.

I have a special interest in adolescent health and have collaborated on a number of projects in this area. I have been proactive in disseminating information on a range of subjects including, transition, vocational readiness and peer support, highlighting the Occupational Therapy contribution in these areas.


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