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Pam Toothill

PositionOccupational Therapy Lecturer & Admissions Tutor
DepartmentSchool of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery
Feedback HoursMonday – Friday, 8.00am – 4.00pm
Telephone01274 236797

Research Interests (key words only)

Role emerging placements, Dementia.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Lecturer – Occupational Therapy. Teaching on the following modules;-

  • Professional Knowledge, Values & Beliefs
  • Occupational Beings in Context
  • OT in Action 1
  • OT in Action 2
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Competent Practitioner
  • Role emerging / Contemporary Placement
  • Some teaching on Physiotherapy / Sports Rehabilitation programme
  • Supervision – Research in Advanced Professional Practice

Personal and Academic Tutor, Placement Support

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Admissions Tutor
  • Module Leader
    - Professional Knowledge, Values & Beliefs
    - OT in Action 2
    - Role emerging / Contemporary Placement
  • Level 5 Year Tutor


Soon after gaining her qualification as an occupational therapist, Pam went to work in Canada for nearly four years, where she gained experience in paediatrics, neurology and pain management.  On returning to the UK, she gained employment in the NHS, based at a community hospital and working in physical rehabilitation.  She progressed to become a head occupationaltherapist within the Primary CareTrust and subsequently began to take on more of a managerial role.  Throughout her career, Pam has always been interested in student education, supervising many students on their practice placements.

Pam began teaching in 2005, her first post being at the University of Cumbria, where she also held the role of placement tutor.  In 2010, she moved to her present position as occupational therapy lecturer at the University of Bradford where she is also now the admissions tutor.  She has a keen interest in role emerging placements.

Study History

  • Presently studying for MSc in Occupational Therapy Advanced Professional Practice. Commenced 2014. Plymouth University
  • Dementia Care Mapping Training 2013 Bradford Dementia Group, University of Bradford 
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education. July 2009.  University of Cumbria
  • Certificate in Management. August 2000. The Institute of Management
  • BSc (Hons) Health Care & Welfare. October 1990. Salford University
  • Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists. August 1980. Salford College of Technology

Professional History

  • Practice Placement Tutor / Senior Lecturer – University of Cumbria.  2005 – 2010
  • Acting Occupational Therapy Manager – Hyndburn & Ribble Valley PCT. 2005
  • Head Occupational Therapist – Hyndburn & Ribble Valley PCT. 1994 – 2005
  • Senior Occupational Therapist Communicare NHS Trust. 1986 – 1994.
  • Occupational Therapist – Canada. 1982 – 1985
  • Basic Grade Occupational Therapist East Lancs NHS. 1980 – 1982

Professional Activities

Joint Chair of the Practice Placement Tutors’ Forum – College of Occupational Therapists.

Research Areas

Role emerging placements.

Current Projects

MSc dissertation;- ‘How do role emerging placements influence the understanding of occupational therapy for staff within host organisations?’


  • Health Professions Council
  • College of Occupational Therapists
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Joint Chair of the Practice Placement Tutors’ Forum – College of Occupational Therapists


June 2016 Paper presentation;- ‘Role emerging Placements: a step in the right direction?’  Presented at the College of Occupational Therapists’ Annual Conference, Harrogate.

March 2015 Paper presentation;- ‘Role emerging placements- their valuable contribution in occupational therapy education and in marketing the profession’. Presented at the Advancing Occupational Therapy Conference, Plymouth University.

June 2011 Paper presentation;- ‘Learning on Placements;- Role modelling or role-emerging?’. Presented at the Canadian Occupational Therapy Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

June 2010  Paper presentation;- ‘Learning on Placements;- Role modelling or role-emerging?’. Presented at the College of Occupational Therapists Annual Confeence, Brighton.

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