Mrs Samantha Turner

Mrs Samantha Turner

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Education)

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


My role at the University of Plymouth focuses on teaching mainly the BSc Occupational Therapy programme. I have occasional input with the MSc pre-registration Occupational Therapy students and other professions such as Physiotherapy. I am a member of the placements team which requires provision pf support to coordinate, educate and work towards ensuring that all of our students experience a range of clinical placements. I am the lead member of staff for the first year Occupational Therapy students. My clinical experience has been varied within a number of different physical settings in London and the South West. I specialised in the area of neurological rehabilitation for a number of years. I have also worked in managerial roles within the NHS in the South West of England. 


BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)

Professional membership

I am HCPC registered. I am a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and the Specialist Section of Neurological Practice. 

Teaching interests

I have module leadership responsibility for the following modules:

- OCT401 - Occupational Studies: Biological and Psychosocial Foundations for Occupation
- OCT524 - Practice Placement 2

i teach on a range of modules across the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme including OCT404, OCT405, OCT522, OCT523, OCT524 and OCT312. 

Research interests

I am currently engaged in MSc level study in the Advanced Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy programme. I have completed all of the modules related to this apart from the dissertation which commences in December 2017. 

I have a range of research interests especially in the area of neurological rehabilitation and I will be completing a piece of quantitative research related to the factors that demonstrate the need for Occupational Therapy services for people with Multiple Sclerosis for my MSc dissertation. 

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