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Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching (Medicine, Health and Social Care)
Tel: 01227 922180
As Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching, my role is to ensure the implementation of the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care to deliver outstanding learning and teaching for students of all levels in the Faculty. I manage both Simulation and Practice Learning within the Faculty who support academic and professional staff to ensure the Faculties students have access to our simulation facilities and to high quality practice placement experience dependent on their programme of study.
In addition to this, I am the bridge between my own Faculty and the Learning and Teaching Enhancement team to ensure University wide policies and procedures related to learning and teaching are well embedded in the Faculty. I have a role in relation to curriculum design and approval within the Faculty giving me oversight of the learning and teaching, innovative practice and quality of the Faculties portfolio. I represent the learning and teaching perspective in a variety of both Faculty based and University-wide panels and committees.
I became FDLT in March 2017 following several years as a senior lecturer in the School of Allied Health Professions. I am a Health and Care Professions (HCPC) registered Occupational Therapist and I maintain my professional registration by continuing a small amount of teaching on the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme as well as being an External Examiner for Plymouth University’s BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme and an Accreditor for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
Research and knowledge exchange
My higher education background is in allied health and as well as my Occupational Therapy degree I also hold an MSc in Interprofessional Health and Social Care and a Diploma in Criminology. My academic interests have aligned to my professional background in Forensic Mental Health and the occupational nature of criminality. These have now also broadened to the student experience especially in relation to simulation and entrepreneurship for health students.
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In my FDLT role I am now also involved in the development of our estate and the Kent and Medway Medical School project.
Teaching and subject expertise:
At CCCU, I teach:
- Innovation and entrepreneurship to third year occupational therapy students.
- Theoretical perspectives of occupation.
- Person centred care to Foundation Degree Health and Social Care students.
I am now engaged in the delivery of learning and teaching workshops for academic staff within my Faculty.
I am part of the Advance HE Education Impact Advisory Group and I am a reviewer for the following journal:
- British Journal of Occupational Therapy
I have also been an external examiner and adviser at various UK Universities, and prior to my current External Examiner role I was External Examiner at University of West of England for the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme and an External Assessor for University of Worcester for their Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care. I have acted as an accreditor for the RCOT on several occasions approving or re-approving Occupational Therapy programmes elsewhere in the UK.
Publications and research outputs
I have presented both papers and posters at several conferences particularly in relation to Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Occupational Therapy students, Mental Health Law and the use of control and restraint in secure mental health settings.