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Rachel Martin

Senior Lecturer / Director of Occupational Therapy


Rachel is a senior lecturer who has been teaching in higher education since 1993. She is a HCPC registered occupational therapist with a background in mental health and learning disabilities.  She has held a wide variety of administrative posts, including programme leadership and is currently the Director (job share) and Business Champion for the Directorate of Occupational Therapy. She is experienced in programme development and management, with involvement in both educational & clinical inter-disciplinary initiatives. 

She has expertise in occupational therapy theory and practice and understands the impact of engagement in occupation on health and wellbeing.  She is interested in the therapeutic use of activity, social prescription, social exclusion/inclusion, vocational rehabilitation, enquiry based learning, qualitative research and practice evaluation.

Rachel is a member of the University of Salford’s Wellness Works vocational rehabilitation service; which has service delivery, research and evaluation functions.


Her primary teaching responsibilities are to the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy full and part time programmes, the MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy programme and the MSc in Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation.

She also delivers a range of non-credit bearing CPD events, including bespoke training for a variety of organisations.

Research Interests

  • Social prescription
  • Vocational rehabilitation / work as a health outcome
  • Carers
  • Loneliness

Qualifications and Memberships

PGCE Higher Education & Research

MSc in Sociology

Diploma from the College of Occupational Therapists

Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Occupational Therapist

Member of the College of Occupational Therapists, British Association of Occupational Therapists and World Federation of Occupational Therapists

Fellow of Advance Higher Education (formerly the Higher Education Academy)


Journal Articles:

Davys, D & Mitchell, D & Martin, R (2017), 'Fathers of Adults who have a learning disability: roles, needs and concerns ', British Journal of Learning Disabilities. 45, pp.266-273.

Davys, D & Mitchell, D & Martin, R (2016), 'Fathers of people with intellectual disability: A review of the literature', Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, pp.1-22.

Published Reports:

Martin, R., Parker, C., Prior, Y., Arafin, N. (2018) Health and Work Champions: a Pilot Training Programme - Project Evaluation Report. For the Royal College of Occupational Therapists / Public Health England funded Health and Work Champions Programme.

Parker, C., Martin, R., Ceolta-Smith, J., Brown, T., Weinberg, A., (2015) Work for Health Programme Healthy Work Conversations - Project Evaluation Report. For Greater Manchester Public Health Network and Health Education Northwest.

Papers in Published Conference Proceedings:

Supyk, J., Martin, R., Marsden, D. (2007), An innovative approach to programme delivery within an allied health degree, in: Evidenced Based Practice: Interprofessional Conference Proceedings, Liverpool John Moores University Press, Liverpool, UK, pp.69-74. Conference details: Evidence Based Practice: Inter-Professional Conference.

Martin, R., Supyk, J. (2006), Modernising Pre-registration education for the Allied Health Professions - Utilising Inter-Professional PBL, in: Problem Based Learning 2004 - A Quality Experience conference proceedings, University of Salford, Salford, UK. Conference details: Problem Based Learning 2004: A Quality Experience.