Miss Samantha Pywell

Practice Learning Support Tutor

School of Nursing

Brook Building, BB409

Subject Areas: Allied Health

Practice Learning Support tutor (PLST) at UCLan supporting first year nursing students on placement. Award winning PhD student with over 10 years experience in the NHS, primarily as a community Occupational Therapist (physical health).  Specialist advisor to the CQC (until December 2017).  Institute of Social Psychiatry award winner from The Royal College of Occupational Therapists (2013 & 2016). Teaching experience includes rehabilitation for assistant practitioners and foundation degree students, and moving and handling for physiotherapy students.

Full Profile


  • M.Sc. Allied Health Practice, UCLan, 2012.
  • Ph.D. commenced 2013 – ongoing – “Anxiety and stress: exploration of common discourses influencing community OT practices in palliative care”.
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Occupational Therapy, University of Cumbria, 2005.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • Rehabilitation (Assistant practitioners and foundation degree students)
  • Moving and Handling (co-teach) for physiotherapy students


Currently writing up my PhD on anxiety and stress.


  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

External Affiliations and Roles

  • Specialist advisor to the CQC (2015 – December 2017)


  • RCOT, Birmingham, 2017 – presented PhD phase one results.