Miss Fiona Fraser

Miss Fiona Fraser

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Education)

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences)


Lecturer in Occupational Therapy


I graduated from Cardiff University having focused my undergraduate research on whether problem-based learning prepares us for clinical practice. I went on to work within a number of different mental health settings. 

I took up a post working for our professional body in London, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, in 2005. My role was focused on occupational therapy students and how they could be supported by their professional body during their student journey.  I was fortunate to visit students all over the UK to give a wide range of presentations and lectures on various different topics related to the occupational therapy profession.  I completed my MSc in Advanced Occupational Therapy in 2012 having focused my research on how occupational therapy students view clinical leadership. 

I am passionate about occupational therapy education and ensuring we equip students with the skills, knowledge and attributes that will enable them and the profession to flourish. Since joining the occupational therapy team at Plymouth University I have completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

My teaching responsibilities include modules focused on leadership, management, the transition from student to clinical practice, innovation and entrepreneurship.  I was practice placement co-ordinator for the pre-registration MSc and BSc programmes for 6 years and continue to enjoy the opportunity to develop networks with occupational therapy colleagues throughout the South West and supporting students through this element of their studies.

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy - Cardiff University

MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy - University of Salford

Certificate in Marketing - Institute of Marketing

Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice - Plymouth University

Professional membership

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists

Member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Teaching interests

- Clinical leadership
- Employability

- Practice placement preparation
- Engaging in social media as a healthcare professional
- Innovation in healthcare
- Entrepreneurship 

Book Chapter in:  Westcott L; Clouston TJ; Whitcombe SW 2018 978-1-910451-08-3. 1st cumbria, UK M&K 

Other academic activities

Abstract Reviewing - College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference and Exhibition, 2012

Abstract Reviewing - World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress,  2014