Portrait of Ms Vikki Barry Ms Vikki Barry

v.barry@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473350



Biography

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. During this post Vikki engaged in various service development initatives to promote occupational therapy including presenting at International Women’s Day Conference about the value of occupation. She initiated some new therapeutic groups including a discharge preparation and mental health awareness group both of which proved to be extremely successful. After this post 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 in 2010 and again in 2013. 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 has registered to commence her PhD programme this September. Vikki is passionate about quality student teaching and learning and I have a strong interest in how students respond to teaching strategies and how to ensure research is fully integrated into teaching and learning. Vikki has recently commened the role of Regional Communciations and Social Media Lead for the Northern and Yorkshire Royal College of Occupational Therapists Regional Committee.

Research and Scholarship

Vikki has a strong passion and interest into the occupational needs of asylum seekers. She is finalising prior research for publication about the impact of employment restrictions upon the occupational identities of asylum seekers. Vikki has a strong interest in occupation and the interrelationship with health, alongside the concepts of occupational identity and occupational justice. Vikki is also extremely interested in the occupational needs of individuals with mental health problems as well as service user involvement. Currently undertaking research into the factors that influence Occupational Therapy and Mental Health Nursing students choices to study at the University of Huddersfield. Vikki is commencing her PhD in September 2017 which will examine how the transition of seeking asylum impacts upon occupational identity.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2016

Barry, V (2016) ‘It's not all about making tea...The OT Magazine , Sept (12), pp. 73-74. ISSN 2056-7146

2013

Barry, V (2013) ‘The impact of employment restrictions upon the occupational identities of asylum seekers’. In: College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, 2013, June 2013, Glasgow, UK

2011

Payne, A. and Barry, V. (2011) ‘The dynamic relationship between occupation and health: A search for the evidence’. In: College of occupational therapists annual conference, 2010, Brighton

Esteem

  • Registered Occupational Therapist on the Health and Care Professionals (HCPC) register
  • Member of the College of Occupational Therapists
  • Regional Communications and Social Media Lead for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Northern and Yorkshire Regional Committee
  • Working towards gaining fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and about to complete my Health Professional Educatation Post Graduate Certificate

Research Degree Supervision

Vikki supervises undergraduate students with their dissertations and on our Widening Occupational Therapy Module supervising students with their prospective role emerging practice placements and subsequent business plans. Areas of interest for supervision:

  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Occupational identity
  • Occupational justice
  • Occupation and Health
  • Mental Health
  • Quality student learning

Enterprise Activities

Regional Communications and Social Media Lead for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Northern and Yorkshire Regional Committee

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Admissions Tutor
  • Recruitment of Occupational Therapy Students
  • Organisation and planning of Open Days
  • Teaching and marking on Occupational Therapy modules
  • Teaching and marking on Professional Development and Research 1
  • Acting Module Leader for Interprofessional Working in Context
  • Module Leader for Foundations and Context of Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Year 2 Lead
  • Complete Practice Placement Quality Audits
  • Regional Communications and Social Media Lead for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Northern and Yorkshire Regional Committee

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • Lecturing on the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy course
  • Course and module development
  • Lecturing on Interdisciplinary modules including disciplines from physiotherapy, podiatry, nursing and midwifery consisting of lectures, workshops and seminars
  • Module leadership - Year 1 Foundations and Context of Occupational Therapy
  • Module leadership (Acting) Year 2 Interprofessional Working in Context
  • Year 2 Lead
  • Responsible for Admissions and recruitment
  • Interview prospective occupational therapy students
  • Assessment and marking of undergraduate work across the aforementioned disciplines
  • Carrying out student placement visits and working alongside practice partners to ensure best quality education for students
  • Involved in Team Based Learning project group developing the resources and module design for Research 1