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Theresa Baxter

Dr Theresa Baxter

Professional Lead in Occupational Therapy and Vocational Rehabilitation

Summary

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1980 from Derby School of Occupational Therapy (now University of Derby). I have held a range of posts clinically, managerially and in academia, and worked in the areas of older adult psychiatry, general medicine and surgery, older adults' rehabilitation, orthopaedics, orthotics and outpatients. I previously taught at University of Derby 1993 -2003 and moved to Sheffield Hallam in July 2007 initially as programme leader for the Practice based learning programme in Occupational Therapy and latterly combining the role of Professional lead with this course leadership.

  • About

    Following qualification in 1980 I worked at the Royal London Hospital in out-patients carrying out hand therapy, splinting and bracing. During this time I had the opportunity to work alongside Maggie Ellis carrying out evaluations into thermoplastic fracture bracing. I then moved to Bethnal Green hospital where I became Head OT working in older adult rehabilitation. Subsequently I moved to be Head OT at Watford General Hospital, commissioning a new department and extending the service across both in and out patients. I then moved to Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham becoming Deputy Manager and I worked in general medicine and out patients focusing on hand therapy and vocational rehabilitation. In 1993 I moved into academia and became a lecturer at Derby university until 2003 when I moved back to clinical practice in Nottingham. During this time I worked in older adults' rehabilitation, older adults' community mental health and latterly took up the post of professional lead for OT in older adults mental health in Notts Healthcare Foundation Trust. In 2007 the opportunity arose to become course lead for the BScOT practice based programme based in Lincolnshire, and in 2012 I was appointed to the role of professional lead for Occupational Therapy and Vocational Rehabilitation at Sheffield Hallam University.

    I teach on the BScOT programme and I provide Masters supervision to a range of students.

    Practice Learning, group work, experiential learning

  • Teaching

    Allied Health Professions

    Health And Wellbeing

    Occupational Therapy and Vocational Rehabilitation

    BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy Practice Based learning

  • Publications

    Recent Conferences

    College of Occupational Therapists National Conference Harrogate 2008
    Paper presentation: ‘The realities of practice placement: learning from the experiences of occupational therapy students’

    College of Occupational Therapists National Conference Brighton 2009
    Workshop presentation: Developing a solution focussed strategy for practice placement education shortages. Facilitators: Theresa Baxter & Frances Bolton.
    Poster presentation : Should all occupational therapy students be participating in role emerging placements? Authors: Kerri Clark & Theresa Baxter

    College of Occupational Therapists National Conference Brighton 2011
    Paper Presentation
    'The Bright Idea that became a Reality' - presenters Theresa Baxter, Auldeen Alsop & Anita Cooper

    ENOTHE York October 2013
    Poster presentation: 'Making a difference through occupationally focussed practice.'

    College of Occupational Therapists National Conference Brighton 2015 'Collaborating, promoting and influencing to secure the future of the profession' Theresa Baxter, Sue Griffiths, Terrence Brown, Janine Hackett

    HEEM QIF 2015
    Poster presentation:The impact of a Sleep Group on staff wellbeing and occupational functioning in a NHS Trust. Beth Warburton, Nikki Gibson, Theresa Baxter

    Baxter Theresa (1996) Upper Limb Injuries in: Turner A, Foster M & Johnson S Occupational Therapy and Physical Dysfunction

    Baxter Theresa (2002) Upper Limb Trauma in: Turner A, Foster M & Johnson S Occupational Therapy and Physical Dysfunction

    OT News Sept 2003
    “Derby Days” p21

    OT News Jan 2004
    “Credit due for Accreditation” p14

    OT News August 2008
    Work based learning is a success for Lincolnshire p24

    Baxter Theresa; Blackbourn Sara; Hussey Deb; Nicklin Linda (2009) Developing the LocalWorkforce: Is Work Based Learning the Solution? British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(9)411-415

    Baxter Theresa (1996) Upper Limb Injuries in: Turner A, Foster M & Johnson S Occupational Therapy and Physical Dysfunction

    Baxter Theresa (2002) Upper Limb Trauma in:Turner A, Foster M & Johnson S Occupational Therapy and Physical Dysfunction

    Baxter Theresa; Blackbourn Sara; Hussey Deb; Nicklin Linda (2009) Developing the LocalWorkforce: Is Work Based Learning the Solution? British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(9)411-415

  • Other activities

    External examiner University of Brighton

    Registrant Assessor for HCPC

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