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We hope you enjoy browsing our Blog and learning more about the occupational therapy programme and courses delivered at the University of Liverpool. We share news, discuss current topics of interest and invite comment. We hope that the Blog helps you to get to know more about us and us to learn more about what matters to you.

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Part Two: Student experience volunteering for a homelessness charity in Liverpool

Posted on: 15 November 2018 | Category: Occupational Therapy Blog

So I heard about the Cotton Street Project for homeless people in Liverpool through Facebook. I mentioned the project to my friend Nicole who instantly wanted to come along and help. Here is the story of how the Cotton Street Project came about.

Volunteering for a Homeless Charity in Liverpool: an occupational therapy student's experience

Posted on: 8 November 2018 | Category: Occupational Therapy Blog

At the start of the Twenty First Century, in one of the world’s richest economies, no one should have to Sleep Rough. This is the opening sentence in 'The Routes out of Rough Sleeping Task Group Report' that reported in 2017 on Liverpool's homeless population. (Report Available at: https://www.feantsa.org/download/routes-out-of-rough-sleeping-report9176427149074445136.pdf Accessed: 8 November 2018) This is the first of two Blog Posts based on a final year student occupational therapist's experience volunteering for a new project for homeless people called The Cotton Street Project. Thank you Elish Madden.

Liverpool's old redbrick University buildings

Posted on: 12 October 2018 | Category: Occupational Therapy Blog

University Redbrick buildings

First Year Students in fron of some of the University of Liverpool's redbrick buildings

Welcome Week activities. Our Well being Trail

Posted on: 9 October 2018 | Category: Occupational Therapy Blog

First Years 2018

First Year students visiting different areas of Liverpool during Welcome Week.

First time at RCOT conference

Posted on: 6 September 2018 | Category: Occupational Therapy Blog

Jennifer Corrigan graduated this Summer from the Occupational Therapy Degree course. Congratulations to Jennifer. She was awarded a First Class Degree. Jennifer has written a post about her experience at this year's annual conference took place in Belfast. This was Jennifer;s first time at the conference and hopefully her reflections may encourage other occupational therapy students to consider attending.

Reflections on my time at the University of Liverpool: Dr Kathryn Jarvis, Lecturer

Posted on: 25 May 2018 | Category: Occupational Therapy Blog

Dr Kathryn Jarvis leaves the Occupational Therapy Directorate, School of Health Sciences, University of Liverpool at the end of May 2018. Kathryn has been a much valued member of the academic team for 16 years and will be very much missed. However we also wish her all the very best as she joins the University of Central Lancashire as a senior lecturer and lead for a new Masters programme in Occupational Therapy. This post is a reflection that Kathryn shared with us about her time at the University of Liverpool. We have decided to share this with all of you.

Student extra curricular creative occupations

Posted on: 3 May 2018 | Category: Occupational Therapy Blog

Art Work

Seren Radley, Third Year Occupational Therapy Student Exhibits Photography work at Nasty Woman Exhibition, Liverpool. www.serenwenphotography.tumblr.com

Research report launched: the experiences of disabled women during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting.

Posted on: 21 March 2018 | Category: Occupational Therapy Blog

On Tuesday 20 March, a report co-authored by Occupational Therapy lecturer, Bethan Collins was officially launched. The research, undertaken with researchers in Bournemouth University and funded by Birthrights, the national human rights in childbirth charity, highlights that some disabled women are not receiving care which they feel is dignified or personalised. Many of the participants described communication with service providers as crucial to determining whether or not their experience was positive. To read the report in full, visit: www.birthrights.org.uk

Occupational Therapy students across all 3 years of the degree programme: 201718 academic year

Posted on: 20 March 2018 | Category: Occupational Therapy Blog

Occupational Therapy students acrss all 3 years of the degree programme 201718

This is a photograph taken of students in all three years of the BSc degree programme during our current academic year 201718.

Mindfulness: Continuing Professional Development Programme

Posted on: 5 March 2018 | Category: Occupational Therapy Blog

Throughout the academic year we deliver a programme of workshops and short courses relevant to occupational therapists and other health practitioners. Mindfulness Based Interventions

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Dr Bethan Collins, Senior Lecturer

Posted on: 3 May 2018 in Occupational Therapy

Continuing our introductions to members of the occupational therapy academic team. This is a profile Bethan Collins

Dr Bethan Collins is a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy. She moved to the University of Liverpool in January 2016, having previously been Principal Lecturer and programme Led in Bournemouth University and prior to that,a Lecturer in Trinity College Dublin. Her clinical background includes workinhy in care of the elderly, stroke rehabilitation, demnetia services, working with young adults with a physical disability and with University students with health issues. 

Bethan's rsearch interests briadly comprises two areas, firstly around disabiliy studies and secondly around higher education. The disability research focuses on the lifestyle and occupations of people with disability, including people with low vision. The higher education research has included work onm stdu8ent engagement, widening participation and occupational therapy education. She has supervised MSc, PhD and Professional Doctorate research to completion. 

In the Directorate, Bethan is third year cohort lead and teaches a number of modules, both within the occupational therapy programme and in the School's MSc programmes. Bethan is also involved in the University Wellbeing group, introducing occupational therapy sessions to the Wellbeing Wekk programme and she chairs the Institute of Clinical Science Athena SWAN group, which aims to prmote gender equality across the Institute. 



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Happy Christmas from the Occupational Therapy Academic Team, University of Liverpool

Posted on: 19 December 2018 by Michaela, Anne-Louise, Maria, Jo, Lynne, Bethan, Julie, Vicky, Jonathon, Rachel, Vikki and Chris in Occupational Therapy

It is the Christmas break! This marks the end of a very busy semester one for all students, the academic team, university and practice colleagues. There is a short pause, with hopefully some festive cheer before the submission of assessments, sitting exams, marking and before we know it the start of semester one teaching gets under way. We wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone, where ever you are in the world, a very peaceful Christmas and all the best for 2019.

Highlights from Semester one:

  • Welcoming new team members Chris Edge and Lynne Peters;
  • Congratulating Dr Michaela Higginson, Head of Programme, on successful  completion of her Doctorate in Education. 
  • Developing our International focus through - 
    • Welcoming more international students onto the pogramme than ever before, helping us to further develop our global understanding of occupational therapy and its role in diverse cultures;
    • Having our first Occupational Therapy Doctoral student from the USA join us for semester one - Congratulations to Anna Annecca on achieving her professional award; 
  • Continuing to grow our student opportunities contributing to  the life of the occupational programme including: experience of research activities, the role of the student ambassadors supporting our Value Based Recruitment process, mentoring opportunities between students from different cohorts and student cohort and programme representatives embedded within participative and inclusive feedback and evaluation proecesses. 
  • Seeing the continuing growth of a vibrant and active, student led, Occupational Therapy Society (LOTS)

We are always looking for ways to develop further and hope throughout 2019 to continue our  dialogue and successful partnership working with both  internal and external colleagues.


Thank you toeveryone who has  helped us to deliver our occupational therapy programme during 2018. 


A happy and peaceful Christmas to all. 

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