Jen Rolfe

Jen Rolfe

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)



Programme Lead for BSc in Occupational Therapy

My role at the University of Plymouth involves teaching on a number of modules on the undergraduate and postgraduate Occupational Therapy programmes. I also deliver lectures for other programmes within the School of Health Professions such as the Postgraduate Certificate First Contact Practitioner in Primary Care. I am the Placement Lead for Occupational Therapy, which involves the coordination of placements across all cohorts on the pre-registration Occupational Therapy programmes. I also sit on the Service User and Carer group for the School of Health Professions.

My clinical experience has predominantly been in a variety of Adult Social Care settings across the South West; I also continue to work in private practice. I work with adults with long-term conditions and physical disabilities and my role is to enable people to be as independent as possible within their own homes using equipment and adaptations. 


MSc Advanced Professional Practice Occupational Therapy (University of Plymouth)

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy (Oxford Brookes University)

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)

Professional membership

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)

Member of the RCOT Specialist Section for Independent Practice

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Roles on external bodies

RCOT Practice Placement Tutors Forum Secretary



Teaching interests

I have module leadership responsibility for the following modules:

- OCT410 - Practice Placement 1
- OCT531 - Practice Placement 2
- OCT607 - Practice Placement 3 
- OCT409 - Occupational Studies: Humans as Occupational Beings Through Community Engagement

I teach on a range of modules across the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy and the MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) programmes including OCT529, OCT532, OCT605 & OCTP718



Research interests

I have completed the MSc in Advanced Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy programme at the University of Plymouth. My research project was a qualitative study using descriptive phenomenology to explore the experiences of running communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) which will enable me to gain a professional higher education teaching qualification and explore topics such as using technology to enhance learning for students within university education.

My other research interests are in the areas of practice learning and social prescribing.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

I have supervised numerous BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy group research projects using qualitative research approaches.