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Susan Jackson

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Faculty/Dept/School School of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery
(Faculty of Health Studies)
Telephone +441274 235124


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.