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Sam Pywell

Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Social Prescribing Unit Coordinator (Principal Lecturer)
School of Sport and Health Sciences

Sam teaches across the BSc and MSc Occupational Therapy courses. Sam is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Sam also supervises postgraduate student research projects.

Lecturing in Occupational Therapy, Sam works within the Occupational Therapy team to deliver teaching within the BSc and MSc pre registration courses.

As a lecturer, Sam is responsible for the teaching the foundations of practice in occupational therapy, therapeutic skills and professional reasoning, communication and digital skills. Sam works within the occupational therapy team to support students on placement also. Sam is the social media lead for NWRCOT (job share), an active member within the DigiLearn community and sector, and is a volunteer with Remap.


Sam worked at UCLan as a Practice Learning Support Tutor for several years before getting this role as a lecturer.

Before joining UCLan, Sam worked in the NHS for over 10 years as an occupational therapist in the community, and has held roles with social services, NHS England and the CQC. Sam's background before this includes work with the outdoor education. In 2008 she commenced an MSc, and in 2012 commenced a PhD, both within the field of anxiety and stress in palliative care.

Volunteer with Remap.