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Colette Beecher

Colette Beecher

Senior Lecturer In Occupational Therapy


Colette Qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1990 and is a Specialist Occupational Therapist in Neurology. Her previous work history has involved working in neuro rehabilitation and community rehabilitation including intermediate care, over a 16 years period. Colette has a specialist interest in cognitive rehabilitation and brain injury. Colette then went on to complete an MSc in Vocational Rehabilitation in 2014 and joined the teaching staff within the Occupational Therapy team at Sheffield Hallam University in 2006. She was also awarded an Inspirational teaching Award in 2014.


In 1990 Colette qualified at Salford School of Occupational Therapy. During this year she accepted a rotational post at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. In 1991 she made a move to Nottinghamshire, accepting a job at Hawtonville Hospital for the Elderly working in both inpatient and day hospital settings. In 1992 Colette began working in Rotherham as a Senior O.T at Rotherham General Hospital in general medicine and In 1993 joined the team in Rotherham's Young Disabled Unit, enjoying this role for nine years. It was in this time that her specialist interest in neurology developed, appreciating the diversity of work with clients with neurological disorders, in particular clients with head injury.

In 2001 Colette Joined Rotherham's intermediate care services working within community rehabilitation team and in 2006 Joined the occupational therapy teaching team at SHU. Colette's area of teaching relates to neurology, brain anatomy, and community rehabilitation and she contributes to all OT and Vocational Rehabilitation course programmes.

In 2013 Colette completed an MSc in Vocational Rehabilitation and earned the award of Inspirational teaching Award for the University in 2014. In addition to the work at SHU, Colette works in private practice in the field of Neuro-rehabilitation conducting assessments and initiating rehabilitation programmes including making recommendations for client's future care and rehabilitation following acquired brain injury.

Community rehabilitation
Vocational rehabilitation
Long Term Conditions
Cognitive rehabilitation
Brain Injury (TBI or acquired)


College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

BrainDig: 3D interactive learning resource which demonstrates through audio and video medium the function of brain regions.
The 'Take the Neuro Highway' board game: learning resource to revise Neuroanatomy.
Neuro-match game: Learning resource to select relevant standardised assessments to identify specific Neurological impairments.
Brain Collage: individual or jigsaw learning exercise to learn brain anatomy.

Occupational Therapy

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

MSc PreReg Occupational Therapy

MSC Postgraduate DL Occupational Therapy


The Meaning of Work for individuals following TBI (2012-2013)

The Mild Head Injury Rehabilitation programme.- addressing needs following TBI (2000)


COT conference Brighton June 2014 – ‘Learning Neuroanatomy the occupational therapy way’ Exploring Active Learning

ENOTHE conference Nijmegen Netherlands October 2014 ‘‘Learning Neuroanatomy the occupational therapy way’ Exploring Active Learning

OTSHOW November 2015 ‘Innovations for Teaching Neurology’

Other activities

Provides private consultancy work for MoreRehab working with clients post head injury. This involves working alongside case management and legal agencies to support the rehabilitation of clients with brain injury.


Colette Beecher is a Consultant Neuro-specialist, Occupational Therapist and Senior Lecturer with a special interest in Brain Injury (TBI or acquired), and cognitive rehabilitation. She has actively been providing neuro-rehabilitation for people with neurological conditions for over twenty years and has also completed an MSc in vocational Rehabilitation.

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