Staff profile

Nikki Daniels

Senior Lecturer, Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy


College of Health and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care


Britannia Mill, Derby Campus



I have been a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at the University of Derby for a number of years. Over this time, I have taught across a range of modules and programmes, both pre-registration and postgraduate. I also have a role as an external examiner on an Occupational Therapy undergraduate programme at another UK University and I am involved in supporting research developments within the profession through the Royal College of Occupational Therapy.

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching focuses on modules with the postgraduate programmes, supporting professionals from a range of health disciplines to advance their practice through masters level learning. I support students on modules such as Introduction to Masters-Level Study and Research Methods and support students during their Independent Scholarship module at masters level.

Professional interests

I have a strong interest in evidence-based practice, the advancement of skills to support evidence-based practice in the workplace and the development of skills to maximise research utilisation and implementation. This is reflected in both the modules I teach and my research interests, exploring engagment between researhers and practice in healthcare settings.

I combine my research passion with my interest in using social media for professional development by co-ordinating the Occupational Therapy Doctoral Network on Faceboook and as a member of the Twitter #OTalk Research team.

Research interests

My current research interest centres around engagement between academic researchers and healthcare practitioners, which is the focus of my PhD.



Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

At the most recent Royal College of Occupational Therapy conference in June 2018, I shared the preliminary findings of my PhD studies, developing the concept of Researcher Practitioner Engagement. Other presentations at this conference in most recent years have focused on developing master's level learning, social networking to promote learning and professional development and entrepreneurship in the pre-registration curriculum.

Professional publications and conference presentations can be found via my Researchgate profile.