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Cathy Clarke

PositionProgramme Lead - BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
DepartmentSchool of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery
Feedback HoursFull time, Monday-Friday
Telephone01274 235966

Research Interests (key words only)

Occupational Therapy, Occupational Science, Creative Media as occupation, contemporary practice, occupational needs of diverse populations, role emerging practice, health/well-being and occupation, portfolio and personal development

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Teaching, learning and assessment responsibilities across the undergraduate BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme
  • Provision of teaching to other health and care students within the Faculty of Health Studies
  • Visiting tutor for OT students on placement
  • Academic personal tutor
  • Research supervisor for final year BSc Hons Ot students

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Management and leadership for the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme
  • Provision of annual monitoring reports to University and Professional Regulatory bodies
  • Module lead
  • Ensuring programme governance
  • Leadership of curriculum development and approval/accreditation events
  • Liaison with professional bodies.


Cathy started her Occupational therapy (OT) journey as a technical instructor which then ignited her passion to become a qualified Occupational therapist.

Starting out in a traditional mental health occupational therapy post she then took a senior OT post in a multi-professional acute mental health day care team within 12 months of qualifying. A next career opportunity was working with drama and art therapists and nursing colleagues working with adult survivors of abuse. In her continuing professional development she developed specific expertise in the use of arts as an occupational tool for both assessment and treatment. Her next post was as the first OT in a community mental health team; this also had an additional remit for working with diverse communities, providing on call duty and required management of own case load to meet the  occupational needs of people within the community. 

Her clinical interests, focusing on addressing occupational issues caused by mental/emotional issues continued as she took up a post working within a GP practice, providing individual and group Occupational therapy for clients in rural and city areas.  Her next role was part management/part clinical as a professional Head OT managing the OT’s working in mental health across a region as well as having leadership, management and a clinical role within a multi-professional team working with acute in and out-patients in a specific mental health Trust. She was involved in the development of a service specifically for people who self-harm/ diagnosis of personality disorder. She was then invited to establish a new therapeutic multi-professional service in a differing Trust to ensure the mental health needs of both acute in and out patient were met. This service developed to encompass a liaison psychiatric role for A & E and medical wards.

Whilst her roles had enabled her to be involved in education of OT, nursing / SW / psychology students, junior doctors, and trainee Police she became increasingly interested in training & education beyond the clinical settings, and thus she took a variety of part time teaching roles (Further and Higher education) culminating in taking the lead role in establishing the Bradford Undergraduate Occupational therapy programme in 2005.

Study History

  • Diploma - Occupational therapy
  • Degree - Health care studies
  • Postgraduate Certificate in higher education
  • MSc Rehabilitation Studies


  • Member of the College of Occupational Therapy Education
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • College of Occupational therapy annual conference 2016;  poster ‘the good, the bad and the meaningful, the dark side of occupation’.
  • College of Occupational therapy annual conference 2015: facilitated poster presentation’ The health and wellbeing of academic staff’
  • College of Occupational therapy annual conference workshop 2008 ‘The kawa model as personal development tool’

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