14 October 2014
Academics in the School of Health and Wellbeing have been selected and praised by the Council of Deans of Health for their dedication to providing modern and innovative teaching to Occupational Therapy students at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Julie Taylor, Senior Lecturer in the School of Allied Health Professions at Canterbury Christ Church University submitted one of three papers from the University to the CoDoH after the organisation called out for examples of innovation in health Higher Education. The submitted papers were then used as part of a two year research project undertaken by the Council of Deans of Health’s; Innovation in Teaching and Learning.
In total, 120 papers were submitted from 40 UK universities in which Julie’s was selected, showcasing the University’s unique teaching practice in the module, Innovation and Creativity, taught to third year Occupational Therapy students.
The module develops occupational therapy skills in the students in a structured and creative way, asking the students to create a ‘dragon’s den’ style business proposal for an innovative idea which falls into the categories; an innovative occupationally focused intervention, an innovative role or post for an Occupational Therapist, or an innovative piece of equipment.
Julie said: “When we were invited to present at the Council of Deans of Health conference, we were all extremely pleased. It is great to have the recognition for our hard work in the faculty in our aim to train our students to be ready for the workplace straight after graduating.
“We have been ahead of the game in this respect after validating our module with a recognition that health and social care services were moving to a more business orientated structure. Policy has largely followed behind this formalising the need for business skills to be included in health higher education curriculums.”
Created back in 2009, two cohorts of students take the module each academic year. Students are challenged to think about the real costs, risks and benefits of new interventions or pieces of equipment. Learning these skills, which are unique to the Canterbury Christ Church University course, enhances the student’s employability skills and better prepares them for the today’s workplace.
Lizzie Jelfs, Director of the Council of Deans of Health, expressed how the idea to use the students as ‘co-creators of knowledge’ was the factor that the Deans were particularly impressed with in Julie’s submission.
Julie was invited to present her submission at a recent conference for the Council of Deans of Health as well as produce a five minute video with colleague Simon Hannaford, also Senior Lecturer in the School of Allied Health Professions, for the organisations website.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 93% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey