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David studied Occupational Therapy at St John's in York and qualified in 1995. His area of expertise is within forensic mental health and forensic learning disabilities. He is Head Occupational Therapist at Newhaven Low Secure Forensic Learning Disabilities Unit. He works as Lecturer Practitioner at the University. He has previously been a Radiographer qualifying in 1979 and Clinical Tutor at the College of Health in Bradford.
Over the last 20 + years working within the NHS David has held a variety of clinical positions, during all of this time he has worked closely with students both in Radiography and Occupational Therapy. During his time as a Radiographer he worked as a clinical tutor based at Bradford College of Health working with students in the field. As an Occupational Therapist this teaching role has continued with students. The role has extended to fellow clinicians particularly in areas of specialist knowledge around models of practice, forensic psychiatry and anger management.
David is qualified as a Radiographer and an Occupational Therapist. As part of his role as a clinical tutor and in line with his interest in clinical education he completed the Further and Adult Teachers Certificate in 1992. He holds the Clinical Educators Accreditation from the University of Derby and is an accredited Clinical educator from the University College York St John.
In line with his interest in teaching and continuing professional development he has been involved in a series of seminars and teaching session aimed at education within the work place. These have been at different levels and to a variety of professions including Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Medicine, Teaching and a variety of students.
Guest lectures on Nursing and OT degrees.
1989 1991 Clinical Tutor Bradford College of Health
1996 1998 Inception and running of four times per year careers seminars to Prospective Occupational Therapy Students
1998 Paper to the National Conference of Occupational Therapists in Mental Health, Cardiff
2000 Series of multi disciplinary teaching sessions on the theory and practice of Occupational Therapy in Forensic Psychiatry.
2000 present In house teaching re: Therapeutic use of activity In secure settings.
Jan 2004 Seminar on Anger Management as part of Adult Clinical Psychology Continuing education programme
May 2004 Seminars examining the use of the Model of Human Occupation In elderly psychiatry
In addition to teaching in the work place he has been involved in a number of development and audit groups both locally and nationally some of which are outlined below.
David has been involved in a number of research projects and has given papers at both local and national conferences.
Developing proposal Work expectations of LD clients in secure care.