Miss Sam Whiting
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Miss Sam Whiting

Teaching and Research Associate - Occupational Therapy

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)

Biography

Biography

Sam has been a Teaching and Research Associate in Occupational Therapy at Plymouth University since 2017. This role involves both working as a member of the lecturing team within Occupational Therapy and as a PhD student. Sam graduated from Northumbria University with a MSc in Occupational Therapy and have worked in Acute physical health 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 Newcastle. Before her role as an occupational therapist, Sam previously gained a BSc in Health and Complementary Therapies in 2012. Sam completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP) in 2020 and is now a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Sam's interests involve older adults and ensuring that older adults remain embedded within communities and have the services to remain healthy, active and engaged within society. Her current research is exploring the role occupational therapy can have within primary care for older adults with long term conditions. 
Sam is a member of the South West Regional RCOT Committee as Member Activity Lead which supports local promotion of our role and CPD events for the region. 

Qualifications

BSc in Health and Complementary Therapies, University of Worcester 2012

MSc in Occupational Therapy, Northumbria University, 2017-with Distinction. 
Awarded 'Best Postgraduate Academic Performance on an Allied Health programme Award' 2017  
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), Distinction, 2020
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2020
Currently engaged as a PhD candidate exploring the role of occupational therapy within Primary care for adults aged over 65 living with long term conditions (2018- planned completion 2022)

Professional membership

Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists/ British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)

Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Member of the RCOT Specialist Section for Older Adults
Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

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).

Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

Sam is mostly engaged in supporting teaching on the BSc in Occupational Therapy but also teaching and completes marking across the Pre and Post registration MSc 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 currently teaches on:
OCT406: Occupational Studies: Biological and Psychological Foundations for Occupation
OCT407: Occupational Studies: Foundations for Occupational Therapy Practice 1
OCT408: Occupational Studies: Foundations for Occupational Therapy Practice 2
OCT529: Occupational Studies: Adults; Interruptions and Transitions
OCT530: Occupational Studies: The Older Person; Interruptions and Transitions
OCT608: Occupational Studies: Occupation for Promoting Health and Wellness of Communities
OCTP704: Occupational Studies: Evaluating Occupation for Promoting Health and Wellness of Communities
ADV702: Applying Evidence to Practice
Sam has also worked on an Erasmus exchange project with Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, Belgium as a workshop facilitator and keynote speaker at their annual ICFO conference. 

Research

Research

Research interests

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. 

Member of the Participation in Everyday life Group, Institute of Health and Community.
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).

Other research

Abstract Reviewer - The Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference and Exhibition, 2021

Publications

Publications

Journals

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


Scholarly Editions

Whiting, S. (2021). Exploring the path less travelled: reflections of a teaching and research associate. OT News. May 2021.

Conference Papers

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

Personal

Personal

Reports & invited lectures

Whiting, S. (2019). Models of Primary Care for adults with LTCs - A scoping systematic review. Presented at the Stroke Forum, Telford. December 2019.

Conferences organised

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/  




Links

Twitter Handle: @SWhitingOT