Staff Profile


Mr Rupert Kerrell

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Allied and Public Health Professions

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922035

Profile summary

Mr Rupert Kerrell (BSc (Hons), PGCLT(HE) & MSc Neurorehabilitation

Senior Lecturer

Pathway Director

Fellow of Higher Education Academy


Academic background

Since joining Canterbury Christ Church in 2007 Rupert has run and led a number of modules mainly in the first year and predominately looking at the link between bodily systems and function and occupation. He has also taught on the inter-professional modules including students from the nursing, midwifery, radiography and social work programmes. He has an interest in sex, sexuality and sexual functioning within the health and social care field.

In 2011 Rupert was nominated for a Golden Apple by the students on his course.

He is currently the Pathway Director for the undergraduate pre-registration Occupational Therapy programme


Clinical background

Rupert graduated from Brunel University in 1998 and spent his subsequent clinical career working in London hospitals. Much of his time was spent working in neurology (acute stroke, neurorehabilitation, neurosurgery and general neurology) with a variety of conditions including stroke, head injury, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease.

Whilst completing his MSc in Neurorehabilitation at Brunel he developed a keen interest in research and took on a research job jointly funded by King's College London and London South Bank University evaluating the fast-track and in-service method of training health professionals.

Professional affiliations

Registered with Health and Care Professions Council

Member British Association / College of Occupational Therapists

Member of the National Executive Committee for the COT Specialist Section Neurological Practice since 2004

Research and knowledge exchange

The impact on sexual functioning and sexuality with clients that occupational therapists work with

Appreciative inquiry within the health care field

The impact of cognition and perceptual difficulties on occupational performance and daily functioning

Student engagement within University

Publications and research outputs

Kerrell R (2009) Chapter 10 – A Junior Contract Researcher in Moore A and Lyon P (eds) Getting Involved in Research: a pocket guide London: The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Kitchen S, Kerrell R & Lovegrove M (2007) Evaluation of five modernised pre-registration courses for Allied Health Professionals at two universities. Kings College London


Appreciative Inquiry and Palliative Care - College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, Brighton (June 2010)

Appreciative Inquiry – An alternative to problem-based learning? - Society for Research into Higher Education, Newport (December 2009)

Introducing Appreciative Inquiry into a Problem Based Learning occupational therapy programme - College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, Brighton (July 2009)

Will a Part-Time Pre-Registration Course for Occupational Therapy Assistants Provide Competent Therapists? - College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, Manchester (July 2007)

Occupational Therapy Student Perspectives of an In-Service Pre-Registration Degree Programme - College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, Cardiff (July 2006)

In-Service Pre-Registration Training: Experiences and Expectations of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiography Students and University Tutors - UK Radiological Congress, Birmingham (May 2006)


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