Karen Wilson

Senior Lecturer

I graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2005 (in-service programme) from York St John University (formerly known as the College of Ripon and York St. John). I successfully completed an MSc in Health and Social Care from this University in 2013.

Whilst completing the in-service degree in occupational therapy, I worked as a Technical Instructor for 9 years in Occupational Therapy in the NHS within a community day service for individuals with severe and enduring mental illness. Prior to this, I worked as an occupational therapy assistant in the private sector within an impatient therapeutic community. As an Occupational Therapist (2005-2009), I worked in a variety of practice settings including orthopaedics, elderly medical, neurosciences, intermediate care and longer-term rehabilitation. I predominately worked in Vocational Rehabilitation in mental health which is a key area of interest embedded in research, practice development and teaching practice.

I am currently Year Co-ordinator for Year 3 and Subject Marketing Co-ordinator. I am committed to providing an exceptional student centred learning experience and creating sense of belonging for students at the university.

Areas of interest:

• Vocational Rehabilitation and work transition for individuals with severe and enduring mental illness.
• Assistance dogs for enabling individuals with disabilities to participate in meaningful occupations.
• Occupational Therapy interventions offered to military personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder
• Transition for students into higher education and academic tutoring.

Further Information

Teaching

I teach across the undergraduate and MSc Occupational therapy programmes utilising a problem based learning approach and setting Vocational Rehabilitation in the context of practice. I am a key moving and handling trainer linked to mandatory training within both programmes.

Research

I provide supervision for research projects for the undergraduate programme.

Research topics include:

• Vocational rehabilitation for individuals with severe and enduring mental illness.
• The impact of individual placement support for enabling people with severe and into employment (SCoRe: 2016-17)
• The use of assistance dogs to enable people with complex needs to participate in meaningful occupations (2016/17).
• An evaluation of the City of York Council’s YorWellbeing Health Check Service, connected to a Public Health England initiative (2017/18).
•Occupational therapy interventions offered to military personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder; the impact of the occupation of dance upon the health and well-being of individuals with dementia; occupational therapy interventions offered to children (5-11) with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; the benefits of equine assisted therapy for enabling participation in occupations for children with autism; the benefits of horticulture as an occupation for adults with learning disabilities (2018/19).

Conferences

Publications:

Wilson, Karen and Hewitt, Carrie and Moore, Thomas and Rogers, Gemma and Noynil, Pensri and Collinson, Stephanie and Blakey, Nikki (2017) A Critical Review of the Impact of Individual Placement Support (IPS) for Enabling People with Severe and Enduring Mental Illness into Employment In: Occupational Therapy Show, 21-22 June 2017, Birmingham, England. Available here. 

Wilson, Karen and Cronin-Davis, Jane (2016) A survey of occupational therapists using vocational rehabilitation for individuals with severe and enduring mental illness. In: COTEC - ENOTHE, 15-19 June 2016, Galway, Ireland. Available here.

Cheek, Sharon and Grainge, Katie and Kirk, Laura and Laver Fawcett, Alison and Wilson, Karen (2016) A Critical Review of the Evidence Base for Occupational Therapy Mental Health Practice for Children and Adolescents. In: COTEC-ENOTHE 2016, 15-19 June 2016, Galway, Ireland. Available here

Activity:

Conference Lead: In collaboration with the RCOT Northern & Yorkshire Region Conference and Specialist Interest Section for Work , Work Transition: Challenges and Opportunities, Occupational Therapy and Vocational Rehabilitation, 5th September 2016, York St John University, York, England.

Wilson K. (2016) A Research Journey (workshop). Reflections Conference, 11th September 2016, York St John University, York, England.

Professional activities

• Participated in an ERASMUS exchange with Ruse University in Bulgaria (2013) and provided professional support and guidance to students on an international placement.

• Responsible for the development of the induction programme for Year 1 underpinned by the What Works Programme: Transition and Success, Higher Education Academy (University wide project) and linked to the Final Report: supporting student success: strategies for institutional change (HEA 2017) Available here. [Accessed 24/10/18]

• Conference Lead: In collaboration with the RCOT Northern & Yorkshire Region Conference and Specialist Interest Section for Work , Work Transition: Challenges and Opportunities, Occupational Therapy and Vocational Rehabilitation, 5th September 2016, York St John University, York, England.

Memberships:

• Royal College of Occupational Therapists
• Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Specialist Interest Section for Work
• Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Northern and Yorkshire Regional Group-Higher Education, YSJ Representative
• Health and Care Professions Council
• Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

Qualifications:


• MSc in Health and Social Care, York St John University
• Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, York St John University
• BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy, College of Ripon and York St John
• People Handling & Key Risk Assessment: Key Trainers Certificate, endorsed by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

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