Personal profile


I am currently the practice placement co-ordinator, and senior lecturer in occupational therapy. I joined the University in 2004 to develop and lead the then new subject area of occupational therapy. I was previously a lecturer/practitioner as part of the Learning Disability Research Unit here at the University of Huddersfield and Head Occupational Therapist in Learning Disabilities. I graduated from the College of Ripon and York St.John as an occupational therapist many years ago! After working in a range of both physical and mental health settings I specialised in working with people with learning disabilities in secure environments and have a track record of developing and managing new occupational therapy services in challenging environments.

I have extensive experience of working in a variety of settings both at home and overseas. I enjoyed a wonderful sun filled time in Bermuda developing services for people with a learning disability as well as learning how to scuba dive! I have also worked as a Director of Rehabilitation in Newfoundland Canada, developing a newly established service of new graduates into a professionally competent highly respected team.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Professional identity/ professional development
  • Occupational therapy practice education
  • Occupational science
  • Dementia
  • Learning disabilities

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Output 2003 2003

10 Citations

Caseload management in community learning disability teams: Influences on decision-making

Walker, T., Stead, J. & Read, S. G. 1 Dec 2003 In : Journal of Learning Disabilities. 7, 4, p. 297-321 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Learning Disorders
Decision Making
Waiting Lists
Practice Management
Focus Groups