Staff profile

Dr Nikki Daniels


Senior Lecturer, Occupational Therapy

Subject

Occupational Therapy

College

College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Department

School of Allied Health and Social Care

Campus

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Email

n.daniels@derby.ac.uk

About

As a lecturer in occupational therapy, I have taught across programmes, supporting the development of both pre-registration and post-registration learners. I am passionate, not only about supporting students to become occupational therapists, but specifically to develop their ability to be effective evidence informed practitioners.   

Teaching responsibilities

At present, my teaching focuses on modules which sit within postgraduate programmes, supporting practitioners from a range of health disciplines to advance their practice through masters level learning.

Professional interests

My area of professional interest is ‘evidence informed practice’ and specifically, supporting practitioners to develop the confidence and capability to use research-based evidence to inform their practice.  This is reflected in both the modules I teach and my research activities which have explored engagement between researchers and practice in healthcare settings and the CPD culture within occupational therapy in relation to research use.

I combine my research passion with my interest in using social media for professional development as a member of the Twitter #OTalk Research team.

Research interests

My PhD research focussed on the concept of Researcher Practitioner Engagement, specifically, development of a conceptual model to guide the engagement of healthcare practitioners in the development of research derived knowledge. I am currently conducting research to explore CPD culture in relation to occupational therapists’ development of their confidence and capabilities in using research derived evidence to inform their practice.

Publications relating to m research can be found via my Researchgate profile.

Membership of professional bodies

Qualifications

Recent conferences

Daniels, N. (2019) The Concept of Researcher Practitioner Engagement in Healthcare Research, Royal College of Nursing International Research conference, Sheffield, 3 September 2019 

Daniels, N. (2018) The Concept of Researcher Practitioner Engagement in Healthcare Research, Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, Belfast, 1 July 2018

Seagrave, J., Daniels N. (2016) Professional development through master’s level study: the benefits and challenges College of Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Harrogate, June 2016

Kerr A, Hackett J, Daniels N (2015) Entrepreneurship: Enhancing employability, making social impact.  A journey; classroom to practice College of Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Brighton, July 2015

Daniels N., Kerr A. (2013) Social Networking – promoting life-long learning and professional development opportunities within healthcare practice HEA Health & Social Care Annual Conference, Leeds, June 2013

Daniels N., Rushton T. (2010) Preparing MSc (pre-reg) students through induction: an evaluation NET Conference (Networking for Education in Healthcare), Cambridge, September 2010

Daniels N., Rushton T. (2010) Preparing MSc (pre-reg) students through induction: an evaluation College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, Brighton, June 2010

Recent publications

Daniels, N., Gillen, P., Casson, K. (2020) Practitioner engagement by academic researchers: a scoping review of nursing, midwifery and therapy professions literature Journal of Research and Theory in Nursing 34(2), 85-128.

Daniels, N., Gillen, P., Casson, K., Wilson, I (2019) STEER: Factors to consider when designing online focus groups using audio-visual technology in health research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods 18: November 1-11

Cook, S., Daniels, N., Woodbridge, S. (2017) How do hand therapists conservatively manage acute, closed mallet finger? A survey of members of the British Association of Hand Therapists. Hand Therapy22(1), pp.13-25.

Daniels, N. (2010) Peer interactions and their benefits during occupational therapy practice placement education. British Journal of Occupational Therapy73(1), pp.21-28.