I studied Occupational Therapy at the University of Derby and I can honestly say that the course and the staff are excellent. Staff are very supportive and are dedicated to enabling all students to achieve their career goal of becoming a qualified, competent Occupational Therapist. Due to the welcoming department and great resources, my ambition was to join the Occupational Therapy team.
I have been working at the University of Derby since 2013 having come from a full-time job working in forensic mental health. Since qualifying, I have had a number of jobs, both in physical and mental health.
Initially a full-time member of staff, I moved to part time employment in 2016. Working Mondays and Tuesdays at the University permits me the opportunity to work as a senior Occupational Therapist in mental health during the latter part of the week. This, I believe, allows me to remain up-to-date with clinical practice and enables me to bring my teachings to life with 'real-life' examples.
I have also been progressing with a Masters Degree in Behaviour Change, delivered by the Psychology department, which I am due to complete this in August 2018.
Since I started my employment at the University of Derby in November 2013, I have undertaken several roles and responsibilities. Teaching responsibilities lie mainly with the pre-registration undergraduate Occupational Therapy students, however, I also teach Assistant Practitioner students who work in health or social care, who are undertaking a Foundation Degree.
I used to be a member of the Practice Placement team in addition to being a member of the Admissions Team. I continue to be involved in welcoming and interviewing prospective students during selection days.
I have several interests. Firstly, a key interest is teaching Occupational Therapy students. I like to be creative and I try to infuse my teaching with creativity and my passion for the profession. I also endeavour to make my teachings interactive and enjoyable.
Secondly, my interest lies in mental health, particularly community mental health.
And finally, my Masters Degree in Behaviour Change is of great interest to me. As Occupational Therapy aims to heighten independence for those we work collaboratively with, an aspect of the therapy may involve changes in behaviour. I, therefore, feel that my understanding and knowledge surrounding the complexities of behaviour complement my clinical practice and teachings at the university.
A personal interest and hobby of mine is physical activity. I feel this has significant beneficial effects on individual's mental and physical 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 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.
I am due to obtain a Masters Degree in Behaviour Change in August 2018.
Experience in industry
I have worked in a variety of different clinical settings. I became a senior specialist Occupational Therapist in forensic mental health, which is where I worked for a number of years after qualifying. I have worked in both high and low levels of security and within a psychiatric rehabilitation setting.
I am part time lecturer and part time clinician. I work the latter part of the week in community mental health. I have experience of working in Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) and in general community mental health.
Additional interests and activities
As I have previously mentioned, my own personal occupation is keeping fit through exercise. I place great value on sustaining health and well-being. In my spare time, I enjoy seeing family and friends regularly - it is very important to be balanced.