Lorna joined UCLan in May 2019 as a full time lecturer in Health and Social Care, with expertise in rehabilitation, acute care and long term conditions. Lorna is a Registered Occupational Therapist and has an Honorary contract with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Lorna predominately teaches within the Health and Social care (Assistant Practitioner) FdSc Degree Apprenticeship, however also contributes teaching on the Health and Social care (Foundation entry) Foundation Degree, Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care and the Msc and Bsc Occupational therapy programmes. Lorna is actively involved in clinical research in partnership with Blackpool teaching hospitals where she is currently involved in research exploring perceptions of the Occupational therapy role around cognition, advice and education and Psychological needs.
Lorna has worked as a Registered Occupational Therapist within a variety of NHS settings since 2010. Most of Lorna's clinical career was spent at Blackpool teaching hospitals NHS foundation trust where Lorna worked as part of the band 5 rotation across Medicine, Stroke and Orthopaedics before securing a senior Occupational role within a rehabilitation at a Community hospital. During this time Lorna was successful in her application for a place on the clinical academic Internship at UClan. This provided funding to backfill her clinical role and release Lorna two days a week to develop her research skills and complete a research project. In May 2017 Lorna secured a secondement as a lead Rheumatology Occupational Therapist leading an outpatient Occupational therapy Rheumatology service. It was in January 2018 that Lorna secured a secondement to UCLan as a Practice Learning Support Tutor supporting healthcare students in practice before leaving the NHS to work as a full time lecturer in Health and Social care in May 2019.