Staff Profile


Mrs Sarah Harvey

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Allied and Public Health Professions

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923173

Profile summary

I have eighteen years’ experience working as an occupational therapist with adults aged 18-100, with mental health problems. I have worked in a variety of roles, including Clinical Specialist Occupational therapist and Team Lead Band 7 posts.

Since 2011 I have been a lecturer at Christ Church University (CCCU) teaching on the Occupational Therapy Degree course. I am module lead for two modules and I guest lecture on various modules across all cohorts. In addition, I am a cohort tutor, I support student peer mentors and I am recruitment lead for occupational therapy.

I have special interest in group work. I was awarded a distinction for my Master’s Degree ‘Working with groups’ at the Tavistock and Portman clinic, affiliated to University East London (2013).  My research project was entitled: The impact of group dynamics on learning: an evaluation of a Dementia care training course. I continue to be interested in the dynamics at play when working with groups, and this helps inform my practice when facilitating lectures and seminar groups.

I enjoy studying, I completed the Associate Tutors course, (CCCU, 2013) to achieve Academic Fellow status. I went on to complete the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (CCCU, 2017), and I am now enrolled in the SPARC programme to build on my research skills.

A highlight of this year (2019) was receiving a nomination for a student Golden Apple Award. I continue to enjoy teaching and learning with students, it is the best part of my job.

Research and knowledge exchange

In 2017, I worked as part of a team to produce to make an empathy raising film with mental health service users and practitioners, to improve collaboration in practice. We received a University Teaching Excellence Award (2018) for this work.  The film was used for training in practice and currently used in lectures as a reflective tool for students. My current research is evaluating the use of this film as a teaching tool.

In 2018 as part of a small team, we received an award from KCC innovation fund to produce a similar film entitled ‘Suicide awareness: encouraging helpful conversations. We worked collaboratively with students who have experienced suicidal ideation, to inform this project. The film is now used to train staff at CCCU.

Teaching and subject expertise

I am a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council and member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy.

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

External activities


Can staff education reduce the occupational deprivation of people with dementia? College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, Harrogate, June 2016

Co- Presentation:

Collaborative Care Planning: Training film for staff and students Refocus on Recovery International Conference, Nottingham, September 2017


Collaborating with service users and carers: using film to promote reflective practice in the classroom.Royal college of Occupational Therapy Conference, Belfast  June 2018

Using padlet to generate learning both in and out of the lecture room. TEL conference Canterbury Christ Church University, May 2018

Publications and research outputs


Harvey, S. (2018) Case studies in role established placement settings. In: Dancza, K. and Rodger, S, eds. Implementing Occupation-centred Practice. 1 ed. Oxon: Routledge. 27.50-53.27 ISBN 9781138238480, July 2018


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