Mrs Sam Wakley
Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)
Sam has been a member of the Occupational Therapy team at Plymouth University since 2017. Sam graduated from Northumbria University with a MSc in Occupational Therapy and have worked in Acute physical health settings since 2012 in several roles within Occupational Therapy. Sam has also worked within homeless services for children and young adults and mental health and learning disabilities within differing roles across the South West and North East of England. Before her role as an Occupational Therapist, Sam previously gained a BSc in Health and Complementary Therapies in 2012. Sam completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP) in 2020 and is now a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
BSc in Health and Complementary Therapies, University of Worcester 2012
Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Roles on external bodies
Sam is on the steering group for the development of Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) Credentials for Occupational Therapist within Primary Care in collaboration with Health Education England (HEE).
Sam is mostly engaged in teaching on the BSc in Occupational Therapy but also teaching and completes marking across the Pre and Post registration MSc/APP programmes including direct entry students from partner colleges. Sam is the academic facilitator for the PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Scheme) within Occupational Therapy at the University of Plymouth. Sam also works closely with local further education schools and colleges to promote occupational therapy. Sam's recent completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) has sparked deeper interest in developing strategies to support international students on health professional programs.
Sam is engaged in a part time PhD with interests in older adults and community engagement. Her PhD is currently exploring the role of occupational therapy within primary care for older adults living with long term conditions.
Abstract Reviewer - The Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference and Exhibition, 2021
Subject Reviewer- The Journal of Occupational Science
Grants & contracts
Conference Award Elizabeth Casson Trust to support presenting at the Occupational Science Europe Conference in Odense, Denmark, 2023- £500.
Research Culture Fellowship Scheme to support 6 months research time, Awarded 2023, £21,424
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Colloby, S., Whiting, S., & Warren, A. (2022). Supporting the couple relationship following dementia diagnosis: A scoping review. Health & Social Care in the Community, 00, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.14006
Whiting, S., Robertson, D., & Bannigan, K. (2019). Models of primary care for community dwelling adults with long term conditions- A scoping review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. 17(11), p2357–2369. doi: 10.11124/JBISRIR-2017-004003
Whiting, S. (2021). Exploring the path less travelled: reflections of a teaching and research associate. OT News. May 2021.
Whiting, S. (2022) Occupational needs of older adults with long term conditions: A phenomenological study. 18th WFOT Congress, Paris 28-21 August 2022
Whiting, S. (2021). 'Exploring the occupational needs of older adults with long term conditions: A phenomenological study'. Faculty of Health Postgraduate Research Showcase, Research Festival 2021. University of Plymouth.(Live Online). July 2021.
Whiting, S. (2021).Exploring Occupational Engagement and Leisure Pursuits for the Older Adult Population. Presented at the ICFO Conference, Belgium (Live Online). April 2021.
Whiting, S. & Turner, S. (2020).Exploring Occupational Engagement and Leisure Pursuits for the Older Population. Presented at the ICFO Conference, Belgium (Online). April 2020.
Whiting, S. (2019). Models of Primary Care for adults with Long Term Conditions- A scoping systematic review. Presented at the Stroke Forum, Telford. December 2019. (Invited speaker)
Whiting, S. (2019). An Occupational Approach to Primary Care for those living with Long Term Conditions. Rehabilitation Research Group Presentation. Plymouth
University. June 2019.(Invited speaker)
Whiting, S. (2017). Social Groups- Exploring Occupational Engagement in Older Men. The College of Occupational Therapists 41st Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK. June 2017
Reports & invited lectures
Whiting, S. (2021).Exploring Occupational Engagement and Leisure Pursuits for the Older Adult Population. Presented at the ICFO Conference, Belgium (Live Online). April 2021. Invited Keynote Lecture.
Whiting, S. & Turner, S. (2020).Exploring Occupational Engagement and Leisure Pursuits for the Older Population. Presented at the ICFO Conference, Belgium (Online). April 2020. Invited as speaker
Whiting, S. (2019). Models of Primary Care for adults with LTCs - A scoping systematic review. Presented at the Stroke Forum, Telford. December 2019. Invited Speaker
As a committee member of the South West Branch of The Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Sam is actively engaged in organising and facilitating the regional conference and roadshows with the region.
Other academic activities
Whiting, S. (2017). ‘Once upon a time in Derriford...’ Blog for the #WeCare2 campaign to promote Allied Health Professions. July 2017. Accessible at https://plymouthhospitalsblog.org/author/plymouthhospitals/page/8/
Twitter Handle: @SWhitingOT