Director Occupational Therapy
Sarah is an HCPC Registered Occupational Therapist, graduating in 1991. Sarah has worked in clinical practice, service management and education in voluntary, private and statutory provision.
Sarah joined the University of Salford in 2003, as a Lecturer before being promoted to Senior Lecturer. Sarah is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a two time holder of the Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching award, and recipient of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Merit Award (2018).
Sarah is a founder member of Online Technology for Occupational Therapy (OT4OT), now recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) as an International Advisory Group for Social Media. She is also a co-developer of Occubuzz, a digital self-management tool that aims to enable users to manage their wellbeing by making choices about what they do, based on how they feel.
Sarah has had various other strategic leadership roles including Chair of the RCOT Annual Conference Development Team, lead for the Salford Social prescribing Hub, and Programme lead for the MSc Advanced OT and PG Cert cancer Survivorship.
Sarah teaches Occupational Therapy at Undergraduate and Post Graduate level. She is experienced in programme design and development, and is passionate about using technology to facilitate learning and professional development within a global community.
Sarah is interested in understanding the ways in which online technologies can enable occupational theorists to continue to learn and develop. She is also interested in how occupational theorists, and their professional associations engage with the tools available to them. More recently, Sarah is working on understanding the contribution Occupational Therapists can make to the social prescribing agenda.
Qualifications and Memberships
Diploma College of Occupational Therapists
BSc Occupational Therapy
MSc Professional Development (Distinction)
Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
Member of the Royal College Of Occupational Therapists
Member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
Hamilton, A & Burwash, S & Jacobs, K & Penman, M & Hook, A & Bodell, S & Ledgerd, R & Pattison, M 2017, 'Is Social Media the great Equalizer? Exploring Current use of social media by World Federation of Occupational Therapists member organisations', American Journal of occupational Therapy (supplement), 7(4(1)), pp.1-1.
Hamilton, A & Burwash, S & Penman, M & Jacobs, K & Hook, A & Bodell, S & Ledgerd, R & Pattison, M 2016, 'Making connections and promoting the profession: Social media use by World Federation of Occupational Therapists member organisations', Digital Health, 2, pp.1-15.
Prior, Y & Amanna, A & Bodell, S & Hammond, A 2016, 'A qualitative evaluation of occupational therapy-led work rehabilitation for people with inflammatory arthritis: Patient’s views. ', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, pp.1-10.
Hook, A & Bodell, S & Griffiths, L 2015, 'A pilot project of the learning experience of undergraduate occupational therapy students in a 3-D virtual environment in the United Kingdom', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78(9), pp.576-584.
Hook, A & Bodell, S & Griffiths, L 2015, 'A pilot project of the learning experience of undergraduate occupational therapy students in a three-dimensional virtual environment in the UK', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78(9), pp.576-584.
Bodell, S & Hook, A 2015, ' Occubuzz; an app for occupational wellbeing. ', Ergotherapeuten, 3, pp.12-13.
Prior, Y., Amanna, E. A., Bodell, S. J., & Hammond, A. (2015). A qualitative evaluation of occupational therapy-led work rehabilitation for people with inflammatory arthritis: Perspectives of therapists and their line managers. The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78(8), 467–474.
Bodell S & Hook, A 2014, 'Developing online professional networks for undergraduate occupational therapy students: an evaluation of an extracurricular belnded learning package.’ British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77(6), pp.320-324.
Hook, A & Bodell, S & Penman, M & Hamilton, A & Burwash, S & Jacobs, K 2014, 'Online Technology for Occupational Therapy: Blazing a new highway for the way we are ALL going to travel in the new era.', World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, 69, pp.24-26.
Bodell, S & Levins, K 2012, 'Virtual teamworking and collaboration in occupational therapy: a paradox', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(12), pp.574-576.
Bodell, S & Hook, A (2011), 'Using Facebook for professional networking: a modern day essential.’ British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(12), pp.588-590.
Hook, A & Bodell, S & Penman, M & Wade, W (2009), 'Creating a Learning community in today's world: how blogging can facilitate CPD and international learning', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(6), pp.279-281.