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Martin Fitzgerald

Occupational Therapy Lecturer

Faculty/Dept/School School of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery
(Faculty of Health Studies)
Emailm.fitzgerald@bradford.ac.uk
Telephone +441274 236592

Biography

I qualified in 1997 as an occupational therapist from the Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. I have worked as an occupational therapist in learning disabilities and mental health for the past 18 years. This is my second career, before that I worked in the music industry as a promotor; managing bands, venues and music events. It was while working as a volunteer in a homeless night shelter in London that I first became interested in mental health and occupational therapy. So I returned to New Zealand and retrained. On graduation I worked in learning disabilities, but after two years I returned to the UK and worked on acute psychiatric wards. For the last 12 years I have managed an occupational therapy service in a low secure hospital for patients who are detained under the Mental Health Act and who experience serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. Since 2015 I have worked as a lecturer at the University of Bradford. Whist working as an occupational therapist and as a lecturer I have developed three main areas of academic and research interest: The development of technology based interventions to engage hard to reach patients in their treatment The development of evidence to support the role of the occupational therapist in the assessment and treatment of serious mental illness The development of family work Interventions in secure services I work 0.7 hours FTE over three days. I am in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Also spend half a day a week doing research.

Research

2015 – Co Lead, Mental health App Proof of Concept development and Evaluation. University of Bradford, Bradford District Care Trust. Sponsor: Health Education Yorkshire and Humber 2014 - The development and evaluation of a serious game intervention to support the recovery of detained service users in long-stay rehabilitation services who experience serious mental illness. Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, University of Central Lancashire, University of Bradford. 2011 - Peer reviewer for the Journal of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. 2009 - Research Assistant. INSPIRE: Investigating Staff Patient Interactions and Relationships: An evaluation study. School of Psychological Sciences University of Manchester. Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust R&D panel member. 2008 - Chief Investigator. Social Inclusion Study. The Efficacy of an Occupational Therapy Social Inclusion Programme for Patients with SMI at a Forensic, Low Secure Rehabilitation Service. Research and Development Department, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. Researcher Assistant. Snapshot assessment of security need, quality of life, substance misuse and risk of violence and aggression in the North West, low secure mental health, population. Sponsor: North West Secure Commission. 2006 - Chief Investigator. Recovery Styles and Insight Study. Comparison of Recovery Style and Insight of Patients with Severe Mental Illness in Secure Services with those in Community Services. ScHARR, University of Sheffield. I am currently involved in two research projects: The development of a porotype digital technology intervention (mobile application) for people engaged in an early intervention in psychosis service The development of a serious game intervention to engage detained patients who experience serious mental illness in their recovery process. 2015 – Co Lead, Mental health App Proof of Concept development and Evaluation. University of Bradford, Bradford District Care Trust. Sponsor: Health Education Yorkshire and Humber 2009 - Research Assistant. INSPIRE: Investigating Staff Patient Interactions and Relationships: An evaluation study. School of Psychological Sciences University of Manchester. Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust R&D panel member. 2008 - Researcher Assistant. Snapshot assessment of security need, quality of life, substance misuse and risk of violence and aggression in the North West, low secure mental health, population. Sponsor: North West Secure Commission.

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-91: University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand - BA
  • 01-JAN-97: Auckland Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand - BSc
  • 01-JAN-07: University of Sheffield - MsC
  • 01-JAN-15: University of Bradford - PCG
  • 01-JAN-97: Spectrum Care - Occupational Therapist
  • 01-JAN-00: North Manchester General Hospital - Senior Occupational Therapist
  • 01-JAN-02: Pennine Care NHS Trust - Head III Occupational Therapist
  • 01-JAN-09: Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust - Occupational Service Manager
  • 01-JAN-09: Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust - Recovery Lead
  • 01-JAN-09: Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust - Clinical Supervisor
  • 01-JAN-09: Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust - Clinical Supervisor
  • 01-JAN-09: Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust - Guest Lecturer, Panel Member OT Programme Management Team
  • , Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • , Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand
  • , British Association of Occupational Therapists and Collage of Occupational Therapists
  • , Design in Mental Health Network
  • , Allied Health Professions Network
  • , Serious Games Institute

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleSerious games, gamification and serious mental illness: A scoping review (2020)
AuthorsFitzgerald, M; Ratcliffe
JournalPsychiatric services (Washington, D.C.)
PublisherAmerican Psychiatric Association
DOI doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201800567
 
TitleA participatory mobile application (app) development project with mental health service users and clinicians (2018)
AuthorsMcClelland G.;Fitzgerald M.
JournalHealth Education Journal
PublisherSage
DOI10.1177/0017896918773790
 
TitleRole emerging placements in undergraduate occupational therapy training: a case study (2017)
AuthorsFitzgerald, Martin; Smith, A.K.; Rehman, N.; Taylor, M.
 
TitleWhat makes a mobile app successful in supporting health behaviour change? (2016)
AuthorsFitzgerald M.;McClelland T.
JournalHealth Education Journal
DOI10.1177/0017896916681179
 
TitleThe potential role of the occupational therapist in acute psychiatric services: A comparative evaluation (2016)
AuthorsFitzgerald, Martin
 
TitleThe design, development and trial of a serious game intervention for low secure service users who experience serious mental illness. (2013)
AuthorsFitzgerald M. & Kirk G.
JournalJOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE
Publisher RCNi (United Kingdom)
DOIDOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2010.01668.x
 
TitleFamily Work in Occupational Therapy: A case study from a rehabilitation and high support service (2012)
AuthorsFitzgerald, M. M., Kirk, G. D. & Blythe C.
PublisherRCOT
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.4276/030802212X13311219571864
 
TitleA description and evaluation of a challenging behaviour workshop. (2012)
AuthorsBerry. K., Barrowclough C., Fitzgerald M., Hartley. S., Innes. C. and Haddock G.
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.3109/09638237.2012.705920
 
TitleDescription and evaluation of a serious game intervention to engage low secure service users with serious mental illness in the design and refurbishment of their environment. (2011)
AuthorsFitzgerald, M. M., Kirk, G. D. & Bristow, C. A
JournalJOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRIC & MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Publisherohn Wiley & Sons.
 
TitleAn evaluation of the impact of a social inclusion programme on occupational functioning for forensic service users. (2011)
AuthorsFitzgerald, M. M.
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
PublisherRCOT
DOIDOI: 10.4276/030802211X13182481841903
 
TitleComparison of Recovery Style and Insight of Patients with Severe Mental Illness in Secure Services with those in Community Services (2009)
AuthorsFitzgerald M. M
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons.
 
Other Publication
Other typeEditorial
TitleMaintaining Professional Identity and Role in the Modern Workplace (2014)
AuthorsFitzgerald, Martin