Dr Rosi Raine

Dr Rosi Raine

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Education)

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)


I am a lecturer with the occupational therapy team and teach on the MSc Occupational Therapy Pre-registration programme, the MSc Advanced Professional Practice Occupational Therapy programme and the BSc Occupational Therapy programme.  I am also studying with Plymouth University for the PhD in Health Studies. 


I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1995 at York St Johns and I have worked as an occupational therapist in a broad range of mental health and physical health settings.  I completed my MSc in Occupational Therapy in 2002 at the University of East London.  I started teaching at Cardiff University in 2003 and completed my PGCE in Further and Higher Education at the University of the West of England in 2005.  I have been at Plymouth University since 2008 and I am currently studying for my PhD in Health Studies.

Professional membership

I am a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Teaching interests

I enjoy teaching across all of our occupational therapy programmes, however my main teaching commitments are with the MSc Occupational Therapy Pre-registration programme.  We use a wide range of teaching and learning methods and I am particularly interested in experiential education, problem based learning and placements in emerging practice settings.  I am also a manual handling trainer.

Staff serving as external examiners

I was an external examiner for the Postgraduate Vocational Rehabilitation programmes at Sheffield Hallam University from 2011 - 2015.  I was also a critical friend on their programme approval panel in 2008.

Research interests

My current research is exploring the meaning of outdoor adventure from an occupational science perspective to inform health promotion within occupational therapy.  I am a member of the Outdoor and Experiential Learning Research Network: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/oelres-net ; and I attend the Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy seminar series: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/participation-in-everyday-life .

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

We were delighted to see our first cohort on the MSc Occupational Therapy Pre-registration programme graduate in September 2016.  I supervised Frankie Blow's MSc dissertation on the meaning of surfing.  We awarded the Inaugural Lecturers Prize for Contribution to the MSc Occupational Therapy Pre-registration prize to Steph Nocks; and the Catherine Mounter Award for Contribution to Occupational Science to Lana Parker for her dissertation on the meaning of pet ownership to people who are homeless.

Key publications are highlighted

Raine R, Roberts A, Callaghan L, Sydenham Z & Bannigan K 2016 'Factors affecting sustained engagement in walking for health: A focus group study' British Journal of Occupational Therapy , DOI PEARL
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 Author Site
Young P, Moore E, Griffiths G, Raine R, Stewart R, Cownie M & Frutos-Perez M 2010 'Help is just a text away: the use of short message service texting to provide an additional means of support for health care students during practice placements' Nurse Educ Today 30, (2) 118-123 Author Site , DOI
Cooper R & Raine R 2009 'Role-emerging placements are an essential risk for the development of the occupational therapy profession: the debate' BRITISH JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 72, (9) 416-418 Author Site , DOI