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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. 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.
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.
Barry, V (2016) ‘It's not all about making tea...’ The OT Magazine , Sept (12), pp. 73-74. ISSN 2056-7146
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
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
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:
Regional Communications and Social Media Lead for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Northern and Yorkshire Regional Committee