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Vikki joined the University in October 2015 as a Lecturer Practitioner in Occupational Therapy and became a full time Lecturer in March 2016. Vikki qualified as an Occupational Therapist after studying at York St John University and progressed onto her first rotational basic grade post within Huddersfield and Calderdale NHS Trust. She worked in different services including outpatient rehabilitation, inpatient services for people with dementia and a short time in stroke rehabilitation before specialising in mental health. Vikki gained a Senior II position in an inpatient forensic psychiatric unit within South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Vikki then worked in a Community Mental Health Team for Older People in Huddersfield for a number of years providing specialist occupational therapy assessment and treatment alongside being a care coordinator. Vikki completed her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2011 at Leeds Metropolitan University. She presented at the Annual National Occupational Therapy Conference on differiing occasions. Vikki has a passionate interest in the occupational needs of asylum seekers alongside the concepts of occupational identity and occupational justice. She is currently finalising this work for publication and is completing her PhD focusing on the occupational identity of individuals seeking asylum. Vikki is passionate about quality student teaching and learning and has a strong interest in how students respond to teaching strategies and how to ensure research is fully integrated into teaching and learning. Vikki is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Regional Communciations and Social Media Lead for the Northern and Yorkshire Royal College of Occupational Therapists Regional Committee.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Occupational needs of asylum seekers
  • The impact of employment restrictions upon the occupational identities of asylum seekers
  • Occupation and the interrelationship with health
  • Occupational identity
  • Occupational justice
  • Occupational needs of individuals with mental health problems
  • Service user involvement

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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