Lucy Wood

Position: Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

College: College of Health and Social Care

Department: Therapeutic Practice

Subject area: Occupational Therapy

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From spending years in clinical practice, I have since moved into academia. My enthusiasm lies with the Occupational Therapy students and my aim is to facilitate their development to support them in becoming confident and competent qualified clinicians.

Teaching responsibilities

Since I started my employment at the University of Derby in November 2013, I have undertaken and continue to undertake several roles. Teaching responsibilities lie particularly with the pre-registration undergraduate Occupational Therapy students.

Since January 2015, I became a member of the Practice Placement team. My responsibilities therefore not only lie in facilitating teaching and learning within the University but also externally while students are gaining experience in clinical practice. A large part of this role involves maintaining regular contact with students and Placement Educators to enable an effective working relationship to develop. I visit students and Educators, monitor student progress and provide support and guidance to promote student and staff development. 

Additionally, I support the Admissions team through being involved in interviewing prospective students during Occupational Therapy selection days. 

Professional interests

My main interest and primary motivator is the Occupational Therapy students. I like to be creative and I try to infuse my teaching with creativity and my passion for the profession.

Research interests

I have completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and my interest in researching into education and teaching techniques has grown. I am due to commence a Masters degree in September 2015 in Behaviour Change linked to health and well-being. 

Membership of professional bodies

I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and I am a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists.

I completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and I am awaiting confirmation as to whether I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 


I qualified with a First Class Honours degree in Occupational Therapy.

In January 2015 I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Additional interests and activities

I like to keep fit and healthy so I try and go to the gym several times per week. I also like to be around people who I care about. I therefore regularly meet with friends and family, go to the cinema, shopping and go out for meals.  

Experience in industry

I have worked in a variety of different clinical settings. I have experience within Social Services, Intermediate Care and acute physical care, both inpatient and outpatient settings.

My area of specialism is within forensic psychiatric settings, where I have worked in both high and low levels of security and within a psychiatric rehabilitation setting.

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