Mrs Samantha Turner

Mrs Samantha Turner

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Education)

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health 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.