Advancing Occupational Therapy Practice

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
11 March 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC B939 Occupational Therapy

Module description

The contemporary practice context for the occupational therapy profession is constantly evolving. Legislation, policy, research evidence and ethics shape and change the profession overtime, as well as at times presenting new opportunities in terms of the way the profession works and/or who we work with. It is therefore essential that you are equipped with the knowledge and skills to work as a pro-active and innovative professional who can respond to the context in which you work. Within this module, you will draw upon the learning gained during 'Leadership in Service Enhancement' module, to further develop your understanding of the legal, political and cultural contexts in which occupational therapy practice occurs.

Module aims

This module aims to develop your knowledge and skills in relation to leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship by adopting a national and international perspective from which to explore trends and contexts in which occupational therapy practice occurs.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the [learner] will be able to:

Appraise emerging themes and trends in current health and social care provision, in order to identify innovative ways of working and novel settings for contemporary occupational therapy practice

Examine the philosophy and core tenets of occupational therapy in order to ensure that any such innovative practice is ‘occupationally focused’ and grounded in the profession’s established intentions

Critically analyse legal, political and ethical issues to determine the impact upon health and social care provision within the context of a constantly evolving global and multicultural environment.

Module information

This module is delivered 1 day a week in the Autumn term before PP4 and in the summer term after and PP4. You will draw upon previous learning and placement experiences to extend your understanding of the national and international influences upon occupational therapy practice. You will apply your learning by identifying and developing a proposal for an innovative area of occupational therapy practice.

Learning and teaching methods

Continuing with the developmental approach of the programme, within this module you will draw upon knowledge, understanding and experiences gained from previous learning and placement experiences, in order to further develop your understanding of the legal, political and cultural contexts in which occupational therapy practice occurs. This module will provide opportunities for health professionals and service users to share their knowledge and experiences relating innovative practice ideas. The interactive nature of this module is supported by small group work, tutorials and seminars which will form the basis of the learning methods within this module.


  • Lucas Molitor, Whitney; Kielman, Konner; Cooper, Jay; Wheat, Kendel; Benson, Alison. (2020-02-02) 'Promoting environmentally sustainable occupational engagement on a college campus: a case study', in World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin., pp.1-3
  • Kronenberg, Frank; Pollard, Nick; Sakellariou, Dikaios. (c2011) Occupational therapies without borders: towards an ecology of occupation-based practices, Volume 2, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingston/Elsevier.
  • Njelesani, Janet; Tang, Anna; Jonsson, Hans; Polatajko, Helene. (2014-04-03) 'Articulating an Occupational Perspective', in Journal of Occupational Science. vol. 21 (2) , pp.226-235
  • Pattison, M. (2010) 'Entrepreneurial opportunities in the global community', in Occupational therapy and physical dysfunction: enabling occupation, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone., pp.327-338
  • Scaffa, Marjorie E.; Reitz, S. Maggie. (c2014) Occupational therapy in community-based practice settings, Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
  • Communities and health | The King's Fund, https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/communities-and-health
  • McSherry, Robert; Pearce, Paddy; Tingle, John. (2011) Clinical governance: a guide to implementation for healthcare professionals, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Sustainability Matters: Guiding Principles for Sustainability… | WFOT, https://www.wfot.org/resources/wfot-sustainability-guiding-principles
  • Phillips, Annie. (2013) Developing leadership skills for health and social care professionals, London: Radcliffe Publishing.
  • Kronenberg, Frank; Simó Algado, Salvador; Pollard, Nick. (2005) Occupational therapy without borders: learning from the Spirit of Survivors, Edinburgh: Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone.
  • Sakellariou, Dikaios; Pollard, Nick. (2017) Occupational therapies without borders: integrating justice with practice, [Place of publication not identified]: Elsevier.
  • Corpuz, Hannah Mae T.; Sabordo, Laurriemae Silver V.; Allanic, Nicole Danielle E.; Bulan, Paolo Miguel P. (2019-07-03) 'The psychological well-being of emergency response personnel in the province of Cebu', in World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin. vol. 75 (2) , pp.105-111
  • Pollard, Nick; Kantartzis, Sarah; Ismail, Mubarak Musa; Fransen-Jaïbi, Hetty; Viana-Moldes, Ines. (2019-01-02) 'The occupation of accessing healthcare and processes of (dis)citizenship in UK Somali migrants: Sheffield case study', in World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin. vol. 75 (1) , pp.27-33
  • Zhu, Zhaojin; Yang, Yujie; Guo, Jiabao; Yan, Yanning; Li, Kuicheng; Wang, Jun; Yu, Jun; Zhu, Yi. (2019-01-02) 'Practice of occupational therapy in Tai Chi diagram: Adopted from traditional Chinese culture', in World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin. vol. 75 (1) , pp.50-58
  • (2017) Occupational therapies without borders: integrating justice with practice, Edinburgh: Elsevier.
  • Creek, Jennifer. (2014) Creek's occupational therapy and mental health, Oxford: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Hocking, Clare. (2012) 'Occupations through the looking glass: Reflecting on occupational scientists' ontological assumptions', in Occupational Science: Society, Inclusion, Participation, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   HS371 Critical Appraisal and Business Proposition    100% 
Coursework   HS371 Critical Appraisal and Business Proposition - Resubmission     

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Nichola Williamson, email: nwill@essex.ac.uk.
Nikki Williamson, Ellen Adomako, Selena Hammond
Hannah Duncan/Jack Hickson E: ipladmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Ms Jeannette Carol Head
Canterbury Christ Church University
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer MSc Health and Wellbeing Programme Director
Available via Moodle
Of 490 hours, 27 (5.5%) hours available to students:
451 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
12 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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