Nancy joined the occupational therapy team part time in April 2006 on secondment from the NHS, becoming full time in September 2007. Her clinical background has included adult and older adult mental health teams, as well as forensic psychiatry. Prior to retraining as a mature OT student, her clinical background included working within adult and older adult acute, community and palliative health care settings.
Research and knowledge exchange
Nancy's current research interests are around care-givers of older adults, and equality and diversity issues for LGBT people.
Her previous interests included supporting students, a range of third sector organisations including care homes, prisons, and the homeless. This involved role emerging areas of practice. Nancy was previously involved with the Dementia Services Development Centre South East based at Canterbury.
Teaching and subject expertise
Alongside her teaching on the occupational therapy undergraduate programme at Medway and Canterbury, and the Foundation Degree. She also teaches interprofessionally and guest lectures to students within the Interprofessional programme. She takes responsibility for personal tutoring for one complete cohort.
She completed her MSc Inter-professional Health and Social Care (OT) degree with her dissertation focusing on Falls and Older Adults. She has completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education with her dissertation on Role Emerging Placements.
She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds professional registration with the Health Professions Council. She is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists; a member of Carers UK; and a member of the British Geriatrics Society.
She has started a part time MPhil/PhD research student of the Graduate School in October 2015. She has recently been approved by the Alzhemier Society as a research partner.
Nancy previously chaired the Royal College of Occupational Therapists national occupational therapists' Admissions Forum from September 2014 to September 2016. She was a member of this forum from 2009 when she took the lead for recruitment within the undergraduate BSc (hons) programme alongside her teaching roles.
Since August 2015, she volunteers her time to the UK Alzheimers Society as a reviewer of materials.
Publications and research outputs
Nancy last presented at the College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference in Glasgow, June 2013 regarding joint working completed with student support service and first year students. She co-presented with colleague Julie Taylor.
Clark N, Keefe L, Jensen J ‘Preparing and Supporting Students on Role Emerging Placements’. Staff Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2010.
Clark N, Keefe L, Jensen J ‘Preparing and Supporting Students on Role Emerging Placements’. College of Occupational Therapists, Brighton, June 2010.
Taylor J, Volkert A, Clark N, ‘Recovering Ordinary Lives’ East Kent NHS Strategy Conference November 2009
Kingsland N, Holness E, Wildman G. ‘A Design for Better Living in Later Life - Joint working with Kent Adult Education Service’. College of Occupational Therapists, Glasgow, June 2003
Editorial – International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation January 2008