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Dr Theresa Baxter

Principal Lecturer


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.

In June 2018 I stepped down from the professional lead role and I now provide support to practice education for the AHP department.

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. In June 2018 I stepped down from the professional lead role to focus on placement learning within the AHP department.

Practice Learning, group work, experiential learning

Teaching

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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