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Susan Jackson

PositionOccupational Therapy Lecturer and Practice Placement Co-ordinator
DepartmentSchool of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery
Feedback HoursMonday – Friday, 8.00am – 4.30pm
Telephone01274 235124

Research Interests (key words only)

Resilience in students and practitioners, student education, splinting, joint protection.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Undergraduate learning and teaching across the BSc(Honours) programme. Specifically module lead for The Competent Practioner, all placement modules, Occupational Therapy in Action 2 and Occupational wellbeing, People and Populations module
  • Musculoskeletal occupational therapy, splinting, transition into practice, role emerging areas of practice
  • Placement co-ordinator and visiting tutor for professional practice education
  • Personal academic tuto
  • Research supervisor for final year occupational therapy student
  • First year tutor and induction co-ordinator
  • Interprofessional education across the Faculty of Health Studies

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Annual module evaluations
  • Collation of annual date monitoring information relating to placement for the College of Occupational Therapists
  • Placement allocation and monitoring


Susan graduated from Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic in 1988 and commenced her first professional post at South Tees Health Authority on a physical rotation. This was where she was first exposed to musculoskeletal occupational therapy which rapidly became her area of speciality. In her first senior post at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary she established a new rheumatology occupational therapy service and was involved in a research project with the Consultant Rheumatologist (see publication list, Helliwell & Jackson, 1994). At this point she completed the practice educators’ course and began the journey of involvement with student education.

A move to Leeds Teaching Hospitals gave the opportunity for experience in neurorehabilitation, both neurosurgical and neuromedical.  When the Regional Rheumatology Unit moved to Chapel Allerton Hospital she was employed as the team leader for the new occupational therapy service. During this time she established a new service, including a joint education programme and supporting literature. Presentations were delivered at the College of Occupational Therapists Annual conference outlining the service developments as new and innovative practice. During this time Susan contributed a chapter on occupational therapy to a rheumatology textbook (see publication list, Tromans (1998)

Susan has always had an interest in education and facilitating the development of students and practitioners. In 2001 this led to a move into the Professional Development Department at Leeds Teaching Hospitals to scope and develop a strategy to meet the needs of occupational therapy, physiotherapy, dietetic and podiatry practitioners. This coincided with the decision of the Health and Care Professions Council to link evidence of continuing professional development to re-registration. Susan co-facilitated and implemented the development of a protected CPD time within work policy supported with AHP specific learning activities and a portfolio. At this time Susan was also an Honorary Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University facilitating Problem Based Learning groups and acting as a long arm supervisor for role emerging placement.

2006 saw a move back into clinical practice as the Musculoskeletal Clinical Specialist for occupational therapy for Kirklees Primary Care Trust (currently Locala CIC). This role involved development of the service along with staff and student development.

In 2010 a secondment opportunity was taken full time to the University of Bradford to cover the practice placement co-ordinator role. This post was eventually secured as full time employment in 2012.

Study History

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (Distinction) – University of Bradford (2014)
  • Certificate in Professional Health Studies – York St John University (2009)
  • Certificate in Health Education – University of Leeds (1996)
  • Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists – Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic (1988)

Professional History

  • Occupational Therapy Clinical Specialist (Musculoskeletal), Kirklees Primary Care Trust (June 2006 – February 2012)
  • Occupational Therapy Lecturer, University of Bradford (Secondment, February 2010 – February 2012)
  • Professional Development Co-ordinator (AHP), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (November 2001 – May 2006)
  • Occupational Therapy Musculoskeletal Team Leader, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (February 1997 – November 2001)
  • Senior 1 Occupational Therapist (Rheumatology), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (April 1994 – February 1997)
  • Senior 2 Occupational Therapist (Neurosciences), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (August 1992 – April 1994)
  • Senior 2 Occupational Therapist (Rheumatology), Huddersfield Health Authority (October 1990 – August 1992)
  • Basic Grade Occupational Therapist, South Tees Health Authority (September 1988 – October 1990)

Professional Activities

  • Co-chair of the College of Occupational Therapist Practice Placement Tutors Forum
  • University of Bradford representative on the Northern and Yorkshire Regional Occupational Therapy Group


  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy        


College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2016 – workshop – Role emerging placements: a step in the right direction?

College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2016 – poster presentation – Piloting a new approach to practice educator updates. New roles and new partnerships.

Helliwell, P.S. & Jackson, S. (1994) Relationship between weakness and muscle wasting in rheumatoid arthritis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 53 726-728

Tromans, S. (1998) The role of the occupational therapist in rheumatology. In le Gallez, P. (ed) Rheumatology for nurses. London: Whurr Publishers. 223-243

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