Mrs Patricia Eyres

Mrs Patricia Eyres

Lecturer Occupational Therapy (Education)

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


I teach on the pre-registration BSc and MSc programmes in Occupational Therapy. Primarily modules on Occupational Therapy theoretical foundations,including anatomy and physiology in the context of occupation. I supervise undergraduate and post-graduate research projects and am currently completing my PhD in Occupational Science. 



  • 1979  Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists, Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy, Oxford.
  • 1994  Post-graduate Certificate in Management Studies, Anglia Ruskin University
  •  2007  MSc Access and Inclusive Design, University of Salford
  •  2010  Post-graduate Certificate in Education (Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - University of Plymouth

Posts Held
  • ·    1979  Basic grade Occupational Therapist Oldchurch Hospital, Romford
  • ·    1980-1984 Senior 1 Occupational Therapist, Black Notley Hospital, Essex
  • ·    1984-1988 Community Occupational Therapist for Hertfordshire and Essex Social Services
  • ·    1988-1992 Deputy Head OT, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford
  • ·    1992-1996 Head OT/ Lead Therapist for Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust
  • ·    1996-1997 Team Manager, Basildon Social Services Essex
  • ·    1997-2014 Independent Consultant practitioner

Consultancy, Project Management and Training for Clients including:
  •     Harrison Training
  •     RAF benevolent Fund
  •     SSAFA
  •     North British Housing Association
  •     Hanover Housing Association
  •     BUPA
  •     Police Federation
  •    Essex School of Occupational Therapy
  •    University of East Anglia
  •    Essex County Council Social Services
  •    Citizens Advice Bureau
  •    The Marillac Nursing Home, Brentwood
  •    Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust
  •     Able 2
  •    Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust
  •    Jacqueline Webb & Associates
  • 2005-2006 Habinteg Housing Association
  • 2006-2008 University of Essex, Colchester Institute School of Occupational Therapy
  • 2008 - to date University of Plymouth

Professional membership

  • 1976 to date  British Assocation of Occupational Therapists
  • 1979 to date  Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • 1997 - 2014   College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section for Independent Practice 

Roles on external bodies

  • 1999-2003 COT Specialist Section Independent Practice Membership Secretary
  • 2000-2005 Programme ADvisory Committee Colchester Institute School of OCcupational Therapy
  • 2002-2006 COT Specialist Section Business Forum
  • 2002-2006 COT Specialist Section Clinical Forum
  • 2003-2006 COT Specialist Section Independent Practice Vice Chair
  • 2006-2008 COT Professional Practice Board
  • 2006-2007 COT Awards Review Group
  • 2008-2012 COT Specialist Section Independent Practice R&D Officer

Non- professional activities

  • 2005-2008 Lay member of the Deanery Synod of the Church of England - Chelmsford Diocese
  • 2014 - to date  Lay member of the Deanery Synod of the Church of England - Exeter Diocese

Teaching interests

Anatomy and Physiology in the context of occupation
Theoretical Foundations for practice
Environmental design
Cultural diversity
Business and entrepreneurial skills for therapists

Staff serving as external examiners

Derby University pre-registration MSc in Occupational Therapy 2013-2018

Research interests


 2005-2008 College of Occupational Therapists funded project to scope the uptake of placements in the independent sector and the challenges to further development.

 2007 MSc Dissertation: Access to Worship – An investigation of the barriers and access issues relating to religious observance in buildings used for worship

 2009 Co-recipient of Ceppl grant to explore social enterprise volunteer opportunities for Occupational Therapy Students.  

 2011-2019 PhD (part-time) Exploring religious practice as a valued occupation. (PhD submitted July 2019 – awaiting Viva date)


Research Interests

Worship and religious practice as valued occupation within a multi-faith society

Application of business and entrepreneurial skills to health care and health promotion.

The impact of environmental design on occupational performance

Practice placements within the independent and third sector


Key publications are highlighted


Eyres P, Bannigan J, and Letherby G (2019) An Understanding of Religious Doing:A Photovoice Study. Religions 10(4) 269 (Special Issue:Theology and practical life)

Eyres, P., Fraser, F., Smith, M., Dent, S., Cunningham, M., Jelley, M., Twinley, R., Westcott, L., Slade, A. and Bannigan, K. (2019) Enabling social inclusion through occupation with refugees: A perspective from education. In: Manifesto for Occupation (2016) van Bruggen, H., Pollard, N. and Kantartzis, S (in press)

Terry M, Westcott L, Eyres P (2019) An Exploration of UK Occupational Therapists’ Understanding and Experience of Vocational Rehabilitation with people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Work (in press)

Eyres, P; Birken, M; Bannigan, K; Letherby, G (2018) Occupational therapy practice and patient/client participation in religious occupations: a scoping review protocol JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. 16(6):1323-1331

Raine R, Eyres P, James L & Luscombe A (2011) 'Developing volunteering opportunities for occupational therapy students within emerging practice' British Journal of Occupational Therapy 74, 3-3

Conference Papers

2019 The University of Greenwich Applied Sociology Research Group’s annual conference: Creative and Collaborative Imaginations. Friday 11th June 2019 Panel paper: Diamonds, pictures and stories: a research journey into creativity.

2018 British and Irish Practical Theology (Student Day Conference): Saturday 28th April. The Queen’s Theological Foundation, Birmingham Paper presentation: Religious doing: an occupational exploration of religious practice.

2018 Contemporary Research Methods Auto/Biography event: Public/Private / Insiders/Outsiders. Plymouth University: February Paper presentation: Occupational Auto/Biography: narratives in religious ‘doing’

2017 4th International Occupational Science Europe Conference: Meeting in Diversity – Occupation as a Common Ground, Hildesheim Germany: September Paper presentation: Religious practice: an exploration of an everyday occupation

2015 Methodological Innovations Conference, Plymouth University: December Paper presentation: Messiness and Facets: Researching the bigger picture

2015 Advancing Occupational Therapy Conference, Plymouth University: March Poster presentation: Advancing concepts of Religious Practice as a valued occupation: A Photovoice Study

2015 Zuyd University , Netherlands. Erasmus funded teacher exchange.   February Paper presentation: Compensation following workplace injury: A UK perspective on the role of OT in the judicial system

2014 European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health in Malta: May.Paper presentation: Religious Practice as an Occupational Need

2013 International Occupational Science Conference, Cork Ireland: Sept.Poster presentation: Participatory Photography: What does this technique have to offer Occupational Science research. Paper presentation: Meaning and participation in religious practice: a photovoice study.

2013 Plymouth University Post-graduate research conference: June.Paper presentation: Religious Practice, meaning and participation.

2012 (Erasmus project) 14th November , University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Visiting Lecture: An exploration of religious practice as a valued occupation and the use of visual methodologies


Reports & invited lectures