Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Education)
School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)
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 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 the University of Plymouth I have completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice.
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy - Cardiff University
MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy - University of Salford
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists
Roles on external bodies
Accreditor for Royal College of Occupational Therapists
Co-opted member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists South West Regional Committee
My research interests including; technology, innovation, leadership, and occupational therapy education.
I have supervised a range of BSc and MSc student projects exploring a wide range of topics including;
What makes occupations restorative for 35-50 year olds?
What makes occupations restorative for adults between the ages of 50 – 65?
What influences a quality practice placement?
What influenced occupational therapy student’s decision to join the profession?
What factors contribute to students feeling valued on health profession practice placements?
A comparison of traditional and non-traditional placements from a student perspective.
A scoping review exploring the barriers and facilitators of dementia friendly communities.
Supervisor of occupational therapy students as Digital Champions introducing Echospot into local care homes (Summer 2019)
Grants & contracts
EchoSpot In care Homes: Research project with Professor Ray Jones, nursing and occupational therapy students. Digital Champions (March 2019, £19,900)
Edwards, K.E., Jones, R.B., Shenton, D., Page, T., Maramba, I., Warren, A., Fraser, F., Krizaj, T., Coombe, T., Cowls, H., Chatterjee, A. (2021) ‚The Use of Smart Speakers in Care Home Residents: Implementation Study‘, Journal of Medical Internet Research. Vol 23(12):e26767 doi:10.2196/26767
Book Chapter in: Westcott L., Clouston TJ., Whitcombe SW (2018) 978-1-910451-08-3. 1st Cumbria, UK M&K
Book Chapter in: Kantartzis, S., Pollard, N., van Bruggen H (2021) And a seed was planted, occupation-based approaches for social inclusion, Chapter 2 12-24, Whiting and Birch, London
Book Chapter in: Maclean, F., Warren A., Hunter E., Westcott L (2022) Occupational Therapy and Dementia, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London (In Press)
Fraser, F (2016) Embedding clinical leadership into the curriculum, Congress for Council of Occupational Therapists for European Countries and the European Network of Occupational Therapists in Higher Education, Univesity of Ireland, Galway
Reports & invited lectures
European Network of Occupational Therapists in Higher Education (ENOTHE): Blended Learning: Integrating virtual and face to face teaching in the occupational therapy programmes at the University of Plymouth - May 2021
Other academic activities
Health Education England Advanced Clinical Practitioner Portfolio Route Mentor