Sarah Bodell

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Room C401

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Current positions

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.

Research interests

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