I originally joined the University in March 2007 as a Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, progressing to Senior Lecturer in 2008. Prior to this move into Higher Education, I was an Occupational Therapist specialising in acute trauma and orthopaedics. My move into Higher Education was driven by a desire to support the learning and development of others which had been a key feature in my clinical practice.
Between 2007 and 2013 I taught and led on numerous modules on the BSc (Hons) Interprofessional Learning (Occupational Therapy) programme. I also wrote and led the Enablement Pathway which formed part of the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care.
In 2013 I was awarded a studentship which enabled me to undertake my PhD full time at Canterbury Christ Church University. As part of this studentship I was able to continue to provide some teaching and assessment input to the Occupational Therapy programme as an associate lecturer.
On completion of my PhD in 2017 I returned to Canterbury Christ Church University as a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy on the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme. I currently lead several modules at level 4 and 5, and am a cohort tutor for level 4 Occupational Therapy Students.
In September 2018 I became the Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy at Canterbury Christ Church University.
In the first half of 2019 I led on the preparation and presentation of documents for the validation of a new Occupational Therapy apprenticeship at Canterbury Christ Church University. Following a successful validation event this new programme has been approved with an anticipated start date of January 2020. The documents received commendation for their quality.
Research and knowledge exchange
My current research interests include women as occupational beings, the use of participatory research methods to capture the lived experience of people as occupational beings., feminism, older people, and community development.
Completed research projects;
‘Older women as occupational beings: exploring the meanings of occupations within the home environment for older women living alone’ (PhD Health and Social Care 2018)
‘7 Day Working – The Views of Occupational and Physical Therapists in East Kent’ (MSc Interprofessional Health and Social Care, November 2006).
‘The Role of Occupational Therapists in Residential Care Homes for the Elderly’ (BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, July 2000).
Financial awards received;
Canterbury Christ Church University Graduate School PhD Scholarship 2013
The Constance Owens (Liverpool) Award 2016
British Society of Gerontology Bursary 2016
Early Career Researcher Funding from Canterbury Christ Church University 2018
Teaching and subject expertise
I have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Professional panel membership;
Royal College of Occupational Therapy Learning and Development Board (2018 – 2021)
Member of the Council of Occupational Therapy Education Directors (COTED) (2018 – ongoing)
Health and Social Care Professions Council
British Association of Occupational Therapists
Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section – Independent Practice
British Society of Gerontology (including early career researchers’ group)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
World Federation of Occupational Therapy (I am also a reviewer for the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin)
Publications and research outputs
Wells G (2019) Presentation: ‘Using photo-elicitation to explore the occupational engagement of older women’ Early Career Researchers Festival Faculty of Health and Wellbeing Canterbury Christ Church University
Wells G (2019) Poster: ‘Childfree women as occupational beings’ Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference
Burrough L; Wells G (2018) Presentation: ‘Developing the use of PebblePad in the assessment of Occupational Therapy Students’ Canterbury Christ Church University TELs Event
Wells G (2018) Presentation: ‘The experiences of women as occupational beings’ Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference
Wells G (2016) Presentation: ‘The experience of living alone for women aged 70-80 years: A time of becoming’ Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference
Wells G (2016) Poster: ‘Engagement in meaningful activities within the home: the experiences of 11 women aged 70-80 years’ British Society of Gerontology Conference
Wells G (2016) Presentation: ‘The experience of living alone for 11 women aged 70-80 years’ British Society of Gerontology Conference
Wells G (2015) Presentation: ’80 is the new 50’ Faculty of Health and Wellbeing Postgraduate Research Conference Canterbury Christ Church University
Wells G (2014) Presentation: ‘The experiences of older women living alone: research in progress’ Health and Social Care Post Graduate Conference Canterbury Christ Church University