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Dr Deborah Davys

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy


I am an Occupational Therapist registered with the Health and Care Professional Council. I have worked clinically in a variety of settings which includes general medicine, orthopaedics, cardiac rehabilitation, older people in the community, child psychiatry, learning disability and equipment and adaptation services. I came to lecture in Occupational therapy at Salford in 2001 and have taught on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate modules that relate to key concepts in occupational therapy, physical and psychological rehabilitation, models of practice and research. I am the admissions tutor for the part time occupational therapy programme, supervise students on both traditional and non-traditional placements, act as personal tutor, module leader and actively engage with programme development. I gained a PhD in 2013 with the thesis title “Siblings of adults who have a learning disability: personal wishes, reality and parental expectations for future support”. After being award the Vice Chancellor's Early Career Research Scholarship in 2015 I am currently researching the roles, needs and concerns of fathers of adults who have a learning disability. I am also on the steering group for a National Institute for Health Research study related to occupational therapy with children who have a tumour of the central nervous system. 


I have taught across a number of different modules within the directorate for example:

Key concepts and skills for occupational therapy

Therapeutic strategies

Professional reasoning

Development of role in practice (non-traditional placement)

Into employment

Evidence Based Practice

Evidence Based Practice and Research

I have also delivered sessions to other disciplines such as prosthetics and orthotics, social work, nursing, and take part in practice educator training sessions. I have supervised students at Masters level and developed a CPD Masterclass session in addition to presenting my research at local and national conferences.

Research Interests

Older people

Learning disabilities

Families and disability

Fathers/ men and their presence in families where disability is present

Disability and ethnic minority issues

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD 2013  Manchester Metropolitan University

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice and Research 2007 The University of Salford

MA Gerontology 2006 The University of Salford

BSc (Hons) Health Care and Welfare 1994 The University of Salford

Diploma in Occupational Therapy 1982 Salford School of Occupational Therapy


Journal articles:

Davys, D., Mitchell, D. and Haigh, C. (2014) Futures planning – adult sibling perspectives. British Journal of Learning Disabilities. Doi: 10.1111/bld.12099