Staff profile

Rachel Humphries

Programme Leader, MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration)


Occupational Therapy


College of Health and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care


Britannia Mill, Derby Campus



As programme leader for the MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) programme, I am privileged to be able to work with an enthusiastic and motivated group of graduate students, who are embarking upon a career as an Occupational Therapist. My role includes co-ordination of all aspects of the programme, and providing support and guidance to students throughout their studies.

I am supported by a team of around 20 lecturers / senior lecturers in Occupational Therapy, who deliver the programme, as well as Practice Placement Educators who support our students during their placements.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across both the BSc and the MSc pre-registration Occupational Therapy programmes, as well as contributing to inter-professional learning opportunities for students across Health and Social care programmes at the University. 


Professional interests

Mental Health, Dementia, Older Adults.


Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I practiced as an Occupational Therapist within the NHS, primarily in Older Adult Mental Health services, including working in day hospital, in-patient and community settings.

I have a particular interest in working with people with dementia.

Recent publications

  • Burgess, S., Humphries, R (2015) Developing an e-presence within the OT Profession. OT News. February 2015