Dr Channine Clarke
I graduated from the University of Brighton in 1998 with a first class BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy and worked in the East Sussex Forensic Mental Health Services where I developed an interest in service user involvement in decision making. This led me to continue my academic studies and I completed my Master’s degree on this topic at Exeter University in 2002. During this time I also worked for our professional body, the College of Occupational Therapists, developing resources on outcome measures and risk assessment and training staff around the county on clinical audit, effectiveness and governance.
Having joined the University of Brighton in 2007 as a Senior lecturer and placement tutor I became actively involved in developing non-traditional practice placements for students, in particular settings where there are no existing OT services, e.g. homeless shelters, residential homes, children’s charities. These placements have run successfully for a number of years now with very positive feedback from students and placements. Some gain employment in these settings as graduates and are thus contributing to the expansion of the profession. Congruent with the University’s mission, this innovation builds employability and community engagement. This work led to the development of my PhD, entitled ‘Occupational therapy students’ experiences of role-emerging placements and their influence on the development of professional identity’ which highlighted the importance of these placements in developing important graduate skills such as understanding of community, health and social care contexts, autonomy and an authentic professional identity.
In 2016 I was promoted to Principal lecturer and became Academic Lead for the Occupational Therapy Programme. My post-doctoral studies continue to develop further knowledge about the non-traditional placements and I also have a particular interest in problem-based learning as a pedagogic approach, both on campus and on placement.
I am the academic representative on the College of Occupational Therapists Practice Publications Group, commenting on draft professional documents and practice guidelines prior to their accreditation with the National Institute of Clinical Excellence.
May 2015 Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning, University of Brighton.
June 2014 Higher Education Academy Fellow